A few things have been on my mind over the last couple weeks and I thought I'd share them. Stay tuned for my demo app on Bluemix, and if I re-record what I need to, there may be yet another Notes in 9 video submission coming soon; the highlights of my MWLUG session.

IBM Champion Nominations

In case you somehow missed it, IBM Champion nominations are open. Unlike a few, I've not taken to tweeting about who I've submitted nominations for; that's neither a slight to those that have nor an insult to any. Those whose work has greatly impacted me over the last year for my work and interest in development for the IBM platform I work on are the ones I've submitted. Most people could probably guess who I've submitted for, but that's not the point. If someone has made a difference to you in your efforts and you feel they're worthy, submit them for the Champion program to help return that credit by the aid you've received.

About the IBM Champion program: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/champion/index.html

IBM Champion nomination: https://ibm.biz/NominateChamps

Open Source

The world of OS brought us a couple things of note over the past couple weeks. Here's what I thought worthy of mention.

Let's Encrypt

Something I talked about at my MWLUG session, LetsEncrypt.org issued its first certificate and is driving forward with their Q4 2015 plans for world domination free, automated, and open process for HTTPS certificates for all. This is nothing to sneeze at, since many take the stance that the only good HTTP traffic is HTTPS traffic.

Universal Two-Factor Authentication

GitHub now supports U2FA in the form of a nifty USB dongle that provides protection against everything up to man-in-the-middle attacks. I won't claim any security measure is 100% fool proof, but this is pretty awesome. For those who use GitHub a lot, it may be worth looking into.

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Sponsored by Digital Ocean, Hacktoberfest is meant to support open source. It's an excuse to push for more (good) pull requests and bug fixes. You can even get a free t-shirt, with enough PRs on GitHub (4). It's neat, it's open source-y, you may wish to check it out.

What to create a Pull Requst for? Why, it could be almost anything, such as:

The bottom line is, lots of open source projects are limited in staff or dedicated hours, but the beauty of open source is that anyone can contribute. Just contribute wisely and check first to see if the project you're submitting changes to has contribution guidelines.

A Saga of Bluemix

My demo app is nearly ready for Bluemix, with one snag being that I can't seem to get the data NSF to respond correctly via my implementation in Java; sort of a critical point. I've got a thread open on developerWorks answers and I'm sure it'll get resolved before too long. Until then, it's just frustrating as I'm getting some weird "database object is already open as "<serverName/Bluemix!!userName\path\data.nsf>. If anyone has some insight into this, I'd appreciate a comment or answer on dW. With a successful solution, you can bet I'm willing to provide a beverage of your choice at our next meeting.

Until next time, cheers. 🍻