Learning XPages? Here’s how to Cheat.

I won’t bore you with the entire back story of how this got started, so let’s just say that I blame it all on Joyce Davis from the Lotus Technical Education Community. 🙂 Anyway…

Most developers have seen “Cheat Sheets” before. They have them for PHP, HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, Blueprint CSS…  They even have them for Math subjects like Algebra,Calculus and Trig and other school type subjects…  You can buy pretty ones in bookstores… There are websites devoted to them… I could go on and on. Cheat sheets are everywhere.

So I thought to myself…  Why don’t we have a cheat sheet for XPages?

I think there’s a need for a one.  Anything that helps the XPages developer get a head start is a good thing right?  Heck, that’s the whole point of the NotesIn9 Podcast really.

So, several weeks ago I took it upon myself to ATTEMPT to create a cheat sheet for XPages.  This is the reason for the lack of NotesIn9 shows recently actually.  There’s only so many spare hours in the day.  🙂

Anyway, it’s not quite finished yet, but I wanted to post this early so people know to look for it at Lotusphere.  Joyce is getting them printed and will be giving them away.  It will be printed on 11×17 paper, both sides, and can be folded into a booklet. They will be available at the VideoFest Lounge which will be near the escalator I think.  They will also be available at the very least in my session with Paul Withers, “XPages: Enter the Dojo” as well as Tim Clark and Matt White’s session, and hopefully some others.  I’ll also try and have some on hand for speedgeeking.

This couldn’t have been done without the wonderful resources of the Lotus Community.  The bulk of the information came from various websites and blog posts.  I leaned heavily on Julian Buss’s great  Thanks Julian!  I also got many suggestions for improvements from my friends like Jeremy Hodge, Mark Hughes, Per Henrik Lausten, Kathy Brown, Mike McGarel and MANY others.

This will be available at Lotusphere and of course it’ll be on the web somewhere.  Probably in some of the wikis.  I’m not posting the full versions just yet simply because there’s still things getting adjusted and I have to test some of the code that I’m not familiar with. But rest assured this will be made available to all by Lotusphere

I hope this will be valuable resource for the XPages Developers out there.