I'm going to be in Paris for the next eleven days. Tomorrow will be my first trip through Le Chunnel, which I'm excited about in a nerdy kind of way. I'm being paid to travel business class, which is nice. You can see it now can't you, me in my chinos, sipping a beaujolais and poncing around with my laptop and smartphone. What a picture!
The first week there I'll be staying in Disneyland. There's an IBM conference on and I'm working as a roady for Sandeye. Theirs is the kiosk application I've been working on and I'll be there to support it and make sure everything runs smoothly.
It's a really nice application and I'll be interested to see how it goes down with the real users. Having run a couple of Karen Tests™ it appears to be idiot-proof. Here's a screen shot of the "people" view (you have to imagine it taking up the whole screen on a laptop):
Here's one of a memo being forwarded and the user selecting a name from the list of attendees:
Finally, here's the login screen that the user first sees when they approach a vacant laptop:
Notice there's no actual login form. Instead there's a picture of a card being held up to a card-reader. CMIS uses RFID technology to identify users. They simply hold their card to the reader and it logs them in. Magic.
I'll probably write more about it when I add a case study to Rockall's site. For now I just couldn't resist showing if off a little. As with any project that's my most recent work it represents where I am at professionally. The design and workings of this application are based on all the best practices I've learnt and wrote about over the years. It's always nice to get a clean slate (CMIS beforehand was a client-only application) on which you can apply all that you've learnt.
If I had to say I had a speciality then it would be converting Notes applications to the web. If you need this doing, then I'm your man!
After the conference is over I get to spend a weekend in Paris itself. The Monday and Tuesday of the week after I will be visiting a long-term client of mine who I've never had the chance to actually meet. When I mentioned I was in Paris he asked me to visit. How could I resist the excuse to spend a weekend in Paris. Although I'll be alone for the weekend, I don't mind, as there's loads to do and I'll be taking my camera.
Has anybody got tips for a lone first-time traveller to Paris? Where should I go? What should I do?
For now I am packing my case and practising the only line of French I hope to use: Parlez-vous Anglais?