Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Build a Hello World App for IBM Connections

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Work is quickly ramping up as the product management team is working on the go to market activities for IBM Connections "Next". For example, yesterday I was working on updating the current IBM Connections Reviewer's Guide with information about the new release.  I also submitted two abstracts for the upcoming Social Connections VI user group meeting, which I hope get selected, but more on that later!

In case you don't know by now, my background is in app development and I wanted to take an opportunity to share a couple of new items in the IBM Connections SDK.

First, a pre-release of the iOS SDK is now available so that you can build your own iPhone/iPad apps as seen in the screenshot below.  Second, those of you developing for on-premises servers, the latest version of the QuickStart image which has Connections and Sametime all pre-installed is now available on SoftLayer.  And for those of you PHP lovers, there's now a PHP version of the IBM Connections SDK.

And that's not all. For those of you looking to develop apps for IBM Connections in the Cloud, Niklas Heildoff has posted several articles to help you get started:

  • Use the IBM Connections Banner in Custom Apps - One of the key aspects of building a custom app is integrating with the look and feel of the overall platform. IBM Connections in the Cloud provides a simple way to incorporate the main navigation into your own app giving end users a single, integrated end user experience and all you need to do is include a couple of lines of code!
  • Extending the User Interface of IBM Connections - IBM Connections in the cloud provides various extensions to make it super easy to extend the user experience. For example, let's say that you want to add a "Send a Thank You Award" button in someone's profile. A couple of clicks and voilá. 
  • Build a Hello World App for IBM Connections in Less than 5 minutes - This video walks through setting up your development environment and build a sample Hello World app to integrate with our cloud environment using the IBM Connections SDK.  In this case, it explains how to set up the Eclipse development environment, setting up Tomcat, get the right OAuth keys and go! Check it out below:

Developers, start coding!!

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