Interlab 2009

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November 18

8:30 a.m.

The Mobile Web—Now or Later?
Presented by Clay Andres, Apress.com  |  Abstract  |  Video

Telephony is not the iPhone's killer app. It's the App Store, which is why every SmartPhone operating system is getting an app store—BlackBerry, Palm, Nokia, and Google are all in the game. For Web developers, these are the platforms of the Mobile Web, and even as each has its own operating system and app store, the Mobile Web will likely be the major source of platform-independent, browser-based application delivery. Our moment is now!

9:20 a.m.

Refactoring for Mobile
Presented by Joseph Lewis, Sandia National Laboratories  |  Abstract  |  Video

In the wake of the iPhone launch in 2007, more and more mobile manufacturers are paying real attention to how their users are accessing the web. Some sites report that 20% or more of their traffic now comes from mobile devices. This presentation will look at the increased mobile web trends, what that means for the laboratory network, and how to refactor a web page layout for mobile using simple markup guidelines and advanced CSS techniques

10:00 a.m.

DIY UX: Give Your Users an Upgrade (without calling in a pro)
Presented by Whitney Hess, Independent consultant  |  Abstract  |  Video

Have you fallen in love with your solution and forgotten the original problem? Are you certain that your product actually makes people’s lives better? Not every company can hire someone like me to help you listen to your users, so you’re gonna have to learn how to do some of this stuff yourself. I’ll show you some techniques to find out who your users are, what they really need and how to go about giving it to them in an easy to use and pleasurable way. And it doesn’t have to bankrupt you or kill your release date.

10:55 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m.

SharePoint Workflows and Document Libraries
Presented by Not yet announced, Microsoft  |  Abstract

Details of this talk have not yet been announced...

12:00 p.m.

Lunch, Bldg. 490

1:15 p.m.

Preview of SharePoint 2010
Presented by Not yet announced, Microsoft  |  Abstract

Details of this talk have not yet been announced...

2:00 p.m.

Microformats: Web Semantics & More
Presented by Emily Lewis, emilylewisdesign.com  |  Abstract  |  Video

Microformats are simple, open design patterns based on existing standards — HTML — that are used to add semantics to common web content, such as that about people, places, events and links. More than semantic meaning, though, microformats have a wide range of other benefits, including SEO, standards compliance and extensible data publishing. And some of the biggest sites on the web today use microformats: Google, Yahoo!, Twitter and Facebook, to name a few. In this presentation, you will learn the basics you need to start publishing microformats and, in turn, enrich and add meaning to your content. Emily Lewis, author of “Microformats Made Simple,” will discuss the history and basic premise of microformats, and will show examples of common microformats. She will also demonstrate some of the tools available that leverage microformats for machine data and user consumption.

2:40 p.m.

Break

2:55 p.m.

.NET Health Monitoring
Presented by Jonathan Franco, Brookhaven National Laboratory  |  Abstract

This talk will cover how .NET Health Monitoring can be used to increase the security of .NET web applications. It's useful for blocking attacks as well as giving advanced warning to the application developer if problems occur with the web application. Other best practices will also be mentioned, but will not be a focus of the discussion.

3:15 p.m.

SAPLE — a new way to search for Sandia people and organizations
Presented by Cara Corey, Sandia National Laboratories  |  Abstract

Personnel directory search is among the highest-volume and widest-used applications in production at Sandia National Laboratories, servicing approximately 10,000 queries per day from an active user base of over 8,000 users. Recently, our team has deployed a new directory search application, SAPLE (Sandia Advanced Personnel Locator Engine), whose fundamental premise is to improve search quality and search experience in the directory context. The cornerstone of this next-generation directory search is the use of approximate name matching, in which phonetic and inexact string matching algorithms are used to return personnel results that are similar, but not identical to, the user’s original query. A second core principle is intelligent query interpretation, where multiple components of a query are parsed and interpreted from a single search string, reducing user effort. Finally, SAPLE makes extensive use of data logging to support ongoing quantitative search analytics efforts, aimed at improving search quality over time. This presentation will introduce SAPLE, explore its core principles, and provide guidance for how other labs can incorporate SAPLE’s functionality into their own personnel search services.

4:00 p.m.

Social Software at Sandia: History, Present and Future
Presented by Hope Niblick, Sandia National Laboratories  |  Abstract

A romp through past and present social software implementations at Sandia with an eye towards what worked, what didn't and why. Plus, what our direction will be in the future and the steps we're taking to make it successful.

4:20 p.m.

Break

4:35 p.m.

Overcoming the Complexities of SharePoint Integration
Presented by Joseph Lemmon, Critigen  |  Abstract

As a portal, SharePoint functions well and has some built in functionality for workflows and document libraries. However, when it comes to running web based applications SharePoint has some limitations. The Critigen team has developed a web part which allows us to integrate any web application into the SharePoint portal preserving the company’s branding and leveraging the SharePoint security features, all while running a fully functional web app.

6:00 p.m.

Dinner, Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

Sponsors: IBM, Microsoft, CDW-G and Learning Tree International