Birds of a Feather: Working with the  Lotus Connections API Sacha Chua ( [email_address] ) LivingAnAwesomeLife.com Opinion...
Goal: Get you excited about what you can do with the  Lotus Connections API! <ul><li>You can do incredible things with the...
You can do pretty cool things with the Lotus Connections API!
 
Data available for Communities in Lotus Connections 2.5 <ul><li>Components:  Blogs, Wikis, Files, Bookmarks, Feeds, Forums...
 
 
 
Tools <ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Metrics (# of contributions) </li></ul><ul><li>Community data exporter </li></u...
Lessons learned working with Lotus Connections 2.5 <ul><li>You can do a whole lot with the Lotus Connections API! </li></u...
Resources <ul><li>Lotus Connections 2.5 API  http ://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ltscnnct/v2r0/index.jsp?topic=/ com...
 
 
Let’s talk about what you can do with the Lotus Connections API, and how! <ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Metrics (# ...
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  1. 1. Birds of a Feather: Working with the Lotus Connections API Sacha Chua ( [email_address] ) LivingAnAwesomeLife.com Opinions here are my own and not my employer’s. No warranty, express or implied.
  2. 2. Goal: Get you excited about what you can do with the Lotus Connections API! <ul><li>You can do incredible things with the Lotus Connections API </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I made a Community Toolkit that had a newsletter, metrics exporter, and data exporter. People found it really useful. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good news! LC 3.0 documentation has more examples than the LC 2.5 InfoCenter (and it’s a wiki!). The examples will come in really handy when you build. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll go on a quick tour of some things we’ve built informally, and then open it up to a discussion : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you working on? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What would you like to build? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What questions do you have? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can help you build better? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What have you learned? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What can you share? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. You can do pretty cool things with the Lotus Connections API!
  4. 5. Data available for Communities in Lotus Connections 2.5 <ul><li>Components: Blogs, Wikis, Files, Bookmarks, Feeds, Forums, Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Number of entries </li></ul><ul><li>Unique contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Average per community member </li></ul><ul><li>Average per contributor </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of contribution (unique contributors / number of community members) </li></ul><ul><li>Views (blog – all time) / Downloads (files) </li></ul><ul><li>Comments (blogs) / Replies (forum) </li></ul><ul><li>Unique contributors in community </li></ul>
  5. 9. Tools <ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Metrics (# of contributions) </li></ul><ul><li>Community data exporter </li></ul><ul><li>Forum exporter </li></ul><ul><li>Blog exporter (can sort by # of votes) </li></ul><ul><li>Member activity breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>ATOM feed exporter (title, body, author, e-mail, date, link) </li></ul><ul><li>Community management (creating, updating, renaming, copying) </li></ul><ul><li>Member management (adding or removing members) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark list export </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk Profiles tagger </li></ul>Ideas
  6. 10. Lessons learned working with Lotus Connections 2.5 <ul><li>You can do a whole lot with the Lotus Connections API! </li></ul><ul><li>The service document doesn’t list everything. If you need to work with anonymous APIs, you will need to customize some of the URLs. </li></ul><ul><li>Trust, but verify. Systems and documentation sometimes disagree. </li></ul><ul><li>Not everything is available through the API. For example, I haven’t figured out the API way to get the structure of a wiki. Maybe in 3.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Community news feeds don’t work for private communities. </li></ul><ul><li>New wiki entries require valid XHTML, with an enclosing element. If everything else gets created except for the wiki body, that’s why. </li></ul>
  7. 11. Resources <ul><li>Lotus Connections 2.5 API http ://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/ltscnnct/v2r0/index.jsp?topic=/ com.ibm.connections.25.help/c_api_welcome.html </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus Connections 3 product documentation http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/lcwiki.nsf/dx/Lotus_Connections_APIs_lc3 </li></ul><ul><li>developerWorks > Lotus Connections http ://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/products/connections / </li></ul><ul><li>Sacha Chua ( [email_address] ) - LivingAnAwesomeLife.com </li></ul><ul><li>IBM Global Business Services Canada, Application Innovation Services </li></ul>
  8. 14. Let’s talk about what you can do with the Lotus Connections API, and how! <ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Metrics (# of contributions) </li></ul><ul><li>Community data exporter </li></ul><ul><li>Forum exporter </li></ul><ul><li>Blog exporter (can sort by # of votes) </li></ul><ul><li>Member activity breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>ATOM feed exporter (title, body, author, e-mail, date, link) </li></ul><ul><li>Community management (creating, updating, renaming, copying) </li></ul><ul><li>Member management (adding or removing members) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark list export </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk Profiles tagger </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas: </li></ul>
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