IBM Connections Cloud Application Development Workshop – Q4 2014

Thanks to Paul Godby, a colleague in the Ecosystem Development group in IBM, there is an update to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Ecosystem Development Community. The update is compelling a new set of self-paced workshops are available for IBM Connections Cloud Application Development.

Anyone that is a member of IBM Greenhouse can access the materials.  To become a member, you have to sign up for Greenhouse at the account sign up page.

Per Paul, developers “learn how to develop applications for the IBM Connections Social Cloud”.  Some cool things to think about are – “no need to provision a hosted server environment,” IBM BlueMIx, and using REST APIs to build social applications with Connections data in the cloud. You can read his detailed Description in the community, and access the Self-Paced Materials –

Other workshops area available in the Available Workshops

I hope you all find this update helpful.

Graph Database – Experience Part 1

For those that know, I am definitely interested, interested in Graph Technology. The interest in representing the semantics of anything with edges,  vertices and annotations of those is incredibly powerful.

I navigated to the Neo4j site, and downloaded the Neo4j Community Edition

You’ll want to extract to a folder, such as neo4j-community.

Open a Terminal Window

Change Directory ~/Desktop/neo4j-community

Type java -version

If java, doesn’t spit out the proper version for Java, you’ll have to install it.

No Java
No Java

Click More Information

On the Java website, Click Download JDK

Click I Accept Agreement

Download the Mac OSX x64 Binary – jdk-8u<UpdateNumber>-macosx-x64.dmg

Save the File to the Local Disk

Open, Click on the Package and install.  You may need to authorized to install it.

Switch back to your terminal window and type java -version

Confirm Java
Confirm Java

You should see

Startup Neo4j
Startup Neo4j

To start neo4j type, bin/neo4j start

Open a Browser, and navigate to http://localhost:7474/

Neo4j Start Page
Neo4j Start Page

Once you login, you see the great experience they put forth in the web interface.  There are Java APIs and REST APIs.

I decide to use the REST API to build a quick node in a Graph.  You can read more about nodes at – … But that’s for part2…


Q’s Key Lime Ginger Almonds

For those familiar with Farmers Markets, there are some real hidden gems. Some of these hidden gems include Ginger, yum.

Saturday found me at the Natick Farmer’s Market. The Market is well attended by vendors and individuals even in November.   I cannot deny it, the attendance surprised me – farms, soda vendors, local meat providers, and gourmet food vendors.

There are two that really interested me – Simpson Spring Soda and Q’s Nuts.  I’ll save Simpson Spring Soda for another day, after all I am a Ginger Fanatic.

I found a tent for Q’s Nuts… if you haven’t heard about them, you have missed out on a killer episode from Phantom Gourmet.  I embedded it here so you can appreciate the coolness of Q’s Nuts.

I saw a few flavors that interested me – Chocolate Cardamon, Rosemary Sea Salt, and Key Lime Ginger Almonds. I know you are thinking … only three? well I was interested in all of them, I just happen to purchase 3 for $10 at the market.

I got home, and stared at the bag.  “Do I want to open it?”

Of course.   I popped open the bag, and ate the one… then another…. then another… The candied coating was hard, not too hard, and flavorful.  The lime ginger combination with almonds tasted great.  As a spiced nut with ginger, I give them a 10 out of 10.

Q's Nuts - Key Lime Ginger Almonds
Q’s Nuts – Key Lime Ginger Almonds

I’m going to have to make a special trip to their Davis Square haunts to see the operation.

Boylan Ginger Ale… Just one, on ice

According to Wikipedia, Boylan Bottling Company is a soda company based in New Jersey.  Their sodas were first introduced to me in Manhattan, I drank a Boylan Root Beer and Black Cherry.    First thoughts… delicious…. packed with flavor.

Time for take two… Boylan’s has made the way to Massachusetts. I picked up the four pack from my local supermarket (Roche Brothers has a great gourmet soda section).  I purchased the four pack of Ginger Ale, and put them in the Refrigerator.

I pull a bottle out and pop the top.  My second impressions… way too sweet. It needs Ice.   I  wouldn’t really recommend this without ice.  It’s not my favorite, it’s worth a sip and a drink with ice!  Without Ice, I find it too sweet and over powered by the Cane Sugar.

Net is… I won’t rush to buy.  I won’t turn down a Ginger Ale.

Boylan Bottling Company - Ginger Ale
Boylan Bottling Company – Ginger Ale