IBM Hack Day 2 Project Done!

Well, I’m done. I have finished my hack day 2 project. I can’t say it was without a few misfortune…

First, the system on which I was working had connectivity issues. It’s not really interesting to have a ssh session drop continuously while editing files. That really slowed me down. I have no idea, however, whether this was due to my wireless connection, the cable internet connection, or to the server on the other side.

The second problem I encountered is that the Perl XML::Parser module was not installed on that machine. And of course, the administrator were nowhere to be found. So I had to write up a quick and dirty XML parser tailored to the data I am expecting. Not a great idea – so I’ll have to re-code that when a real parser gets installed. But for now, it seems to work.

So, what was this project you ask? It’s a simple application that take someone’s name and graphically pinpoints their location within the building. I was previously using a manually created database of all the people in the building (maintained religiously by the receptionists). I am now directly connected to the enterprise employee directory. In the end, it is not that much lot less code, probably because of the ^@^%$# parser I had to write, but at least it is always up-to-date! Unfortunately, it only works for that one, single, lonely location in IBM. Maybe other locations will pick it up…

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Tomorrow (today?) is Hack Day at IBM

As the title suggest, tomorrow will be the second IBM hack day. I was unable to participate in the first hack day, but this time around, I have and did register a project. Hopefully, I will have time to implement all that I want. It should actually be easy since it consists in porting an old, pre-IBM Rational internal application to a new IBM intranet home with support for internal IBM data sources. I have no idea if that constitutes a mashup (I am merging information from two sources and presenting it in a web-based graphical fashion), but at least it means I’m participating…and maybe will get a t-shirt!

Hack Day at IBM

Hack Day is really getting to be a big thing within IBM. Our own hack day guru, Kelly, has been working extra hard to transform this from a single day of hacking into a full-week event leading to that fateful day. We will be treated with a whole bunch of activities during the week, including training sessions to help get us started!

I had the misfortune of missing the first hack day because of business reasons (those pesky great customers)! But I have an idea this time around and I do intend (feverishly hope) that I will have time that week. I already booked the day, so I should not be getting meeting requests.

Ah! The thrill of writing code again!