OpenInsight Authorisation Process


reauthI have recently been asked several times about the OpenInsight Reauthorisation process, how easy it is to use the process and what issues people might face.

The process is extremely easy when planned for because you have to get everyone off of the system and you need to make sure that there are no locks on the system, services running, etc.

The OpenInsight License Renewal and Installation/Upgrade Authorisation Process .pdf file that is located in the Documents folder under your OpenInsight installation contains ‘full’ details, but I have created a couple of videos and uploaded them to my usual RevSoftUK YouTube channel.

There are two videos.  The short video shows how quick and easy it is to authorise systems when the correct procedure is followed.  The longer video goes into a little more detail about why we need this process and some of the usual gottchas that we come across.  The longer video also has a couple of annotations about running the reauth.exe routine with administrator privileges if users don’t have adequate permissions and also about restarting the OEngineServer and other services that might be needed to run the application.

I hope that these videos are useful to developers and end users when reauthorizing their OpenInsight based systems for the annual renewals and also when adding additional users.

This process is applicable to OpenInsight 8.0.3 to 8.0.8, 9.x and it might be different for other versions of OpenInsight (i.e. the forthcoming OI10).

Conference


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If you are interested in OpenInsight 10 and wondering what the forthcoming conference has on store for you, then you’ll be interested in the Revelation Conference website which is now live.

If you are an OpenInsight developer or a MultiValue developer using one of the main MV tools and you are still not interested and I can’t see why you would, please checkout the conference website and the Topics section specifically before you decline to take advantage of this learning experience.  You just might be missing the opportunity to take your applications to the next level the easy way.

The Revelation Conference is the main event on Revelation’s event calendar and this years event looks to be bigger, better and more appealing to OpenInsight and other MultiValue developers than ever before.

This dedicated website provides you with all of the information that you need about the conference.  It has details about the location (Orlando, Florida), you’ll find out all about the presentations and the absolute wealth of information available, about the speakers themselves and more.

I found the last conference invaluable in preparing me for the forthcoming OpenInsight 10 release and this years event looks to put even more detail into our hands.  In doing so, Revelation are clearly using this major event to empower OpenInsight developers with regards to the new version and help them to become more prepared for the new release and ready for the wealth of change and good things buried on the 1,000,000 plus lines of code that has changed and the numerous new features for both developers and users.

The graphic above uses the word ‘Faster’ and is one of several that I could have borrowed from the new site.  I chose faster because it is something that all of my customers are asking for and I believe that the new version will be faster – both with regards to development and the running of deployed systems.

Want to know more – checkout the Conference website and get your place booked ASAP.

I look forward to seeing you in Florida in April.

BTW – The conference website also includes a downloadable conference brochure and the Early Bird registration is available until February 29, 2016.

RUG and OI10 Training – Why


As many of you will know, I was in two minds whether to host the recent OpenInsight (OI) 10 Product Awareness Training.  Furthermore, I heard a number of comments about the validity of hosting the event based on OI10 not being ready for a few more months.

However, given what I learned at the last RevUS Conference and the amount of change that is coming, I decided to blindly carry on with my plans.  The new version can be used to make developers more productive, help new developers to become comfortable with the new version more quickly and the benefits to end users on screen and under the hood.  This was way too much to leave for people to work through when the release hits our desks and I wanted to give developers the opportunity to get a good head start.

The three day event was therefore scheduled to host the normal Revelation User Group (RUG) in the morning and then we would get into the OI10 release in more detail over the next two and a half days.

Mike and Carl did an amazing job as usual and despite working with live and moving code for the demonstrations, the event went very well and the feedback has been very welcome.

To sum things up, I came into work this morning to find an email from Bill North which made the event all the more worthwhile.  Like many OI developers around the world, Bill has been following the OI10 blog and he thought that he had a fairly good idea of what the new version is all about.  However, as he says:

“Even though I had been following the OI10 blog, I was amazed by the amount of changes and enhancements being introduced in OI 10.  So I am looking forward to getting my hands on OI 10 too!”

I guess that you can say that the event was very worthwhile.  I would like to therefore thank Carl and Mike for taking the time out of their busy schedules, to Prashant  for all of the planning and logistics and for Andrew covering for me on Wednesday evening when everyone went out to dinner.  Also, to everyone that took the time to come to London for the event and to raise their awareness about the biggest OI release – probably ever.

If you have the chance to attend another of these events somewhere in the world or the main US conference in March, I can highly recommend them to you.

Will you be at RevCon 2015?


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Revelation software Conference 2015

Personally, I can’t wait for this year’s Revelation World Conference.  The format will be slightly different because only those people working on OpenInsight 10 will be talking and there will be an opportunity for all of the attendees to watch all of the main OpenInsight 10 sessions as they will be repeated.  There are only three general technical sessions on the Friday that will not be repeated – at least looking at the online schedule.  This is great news for me because I always struggle to decide between two compelling sessions and I won’t have those dilemmas this year.

Along with the informative technical sessions, Mike will be opening and closing the conference with the usual addresses and our Keynote Speaker will be Dan Lier.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and show what you have been doing with OI during an informal evening session, a BBQ by the pool and it’ll all kick off with a Welcome Reception on the Tuesday evening.

Those of you that saw the January Revelation newsletter will know that the Early Bird Discount rate was extended until the 30th January owing to publication issues surrounding the printing of the hard copy conference brochure.  Hat only leaves you with a few short days to get your place booked on the number one premium learning event in the Revelation calendar.

If you are developing with OpenInsight, planning to develop with OpenInsight in the near future or a user wanting to learn more, then this is the event for you.  The wealth of knowledge that is available for everyone to soak up is amazing and it will only lead to a deeper depth of product knowledge that usually leads to the ability to do more, faster and at less cost than now.

If you are still undecided and tempted, please check your education and training budgets.  If there is a little left, then this event is a prime candidate because of the amount that you will learn from my colleagues taking the talks.  Yes, there will be some fun, yes there will be the opportunity to network and make new friends and share development experiences, but mostly it’ll all be about helping you to get a head start with OpenInsight version 10, regardless of whether you are an early adopter, someone who simply wants to get the most of the beta, or a hardened OpenInsight fanatic who’ll jump straight into the new version on release day.

I’ll be tweeting and blogging my way through the conference, but it’ll be no compromise to actually being there!  Tempted and want to know more – download the conference brochure here and contact Revelation through the conference website.

I hope that you can make the conference.

Building a Mobile Application with O4W


Over the last few months Revelation have run three articles which expand on my basic O4W Introduction Tutorials and they discuss Revelation Software’s O4W web development toolkit from more of a developers point if view.  The series of articles has looked at how the O4W toolset has evolved since its introduction to support mobile devices.

O4W is built upon jQuery Mobile, an open source community supported framework, to provide a device independent user interface that is appropriate for the ‘mobile computing environment’, with all of the differences that entails from the traditional ‘desktop computing environment’.

In Part 1, Revelation demonstrated how developers can quickly and easily create a simple display form using the O4W APIs.  Part 2 took the same routine and enhanced it to provide more interactivity, user input and advanced interface elements.

In the concluding Part 3 of the series of articles, Bryan takes a look at how developers can process the entered user data and create a nice user experience over the web.

 

A new O4W related blog goes live


Check out David Sigafoos’ blog on his Adventures in Revelation’s O4W

Following his trip to the Revelation Conference, David has been encouraged to emerse himself in the world of O4W and I’m really pleased to note that he has decided to blog his journey for us to follow, learn and share in his achievements.

David says, “With this blog I hope to show the care and feeding of O4W from OpenInsight.  Knowledge of OpenInsight will be very helpful to follow along … and if you
are already very knowledgeable in O4W you might just pass this by.  I will be learning O4W 2.0 along the way … warts, mistakes and all.  Although I have done web page programming with PHP with connections to MySql and OpenInsight data I do not pretend to be a web designer by any means.  This will be more a how to setup and get some stuff done. Hopefully for the uninitiated and those that couldn’t get to the conference.

Please  Click Here to visit David’s blog and please subscribe to one of the RSS feeds to keep up to date with his journey.

RevSoft UK RUG 25th Sept 2012.


RevSoft UK are pleased to announce their next get together in London.  On Tuesday 25th September Mike Ruane and some of the RevUK team will be at the Hilton Metropole Paddington for an update on everything Revelation.  Those of you that have been before will know the format and you’ll know the amount of invaluable information that can be obtained through attending one of our RUGS.  If you are an OpenInsight developer, a user of a Revelation based system or a developer or user of another MultiValue technology – this is an event that you can’t afford to miss.

The doors will open at 09.30 for refreshments, ahead of Mike taking the floor at around 10.00.  He’ll run through what’s new at Revelation, our plans going forward and other new items to bring you right up to date.  Punctuated by coffee breaks and a buffet lunch in the restaurant, he’ll go on to cover some of the new features and enhancements in OpenInsight and take your suggestions for new features in OI.  Subject to confirmation, they’ll be an additional speaker tackling a Revelation related subject (watch my blog in early September for more details) and then we’ll close out the afternoon with a short networking session where you can continue your lunchtime conversations with people.  We will be vacating the room just before 17.00.

We have a limited number of places available so please send an email to info@revsoft.co.uk to reserve your place on this not to be missed RUG.  If you are not sure whether the event is right for you, please contact Martyn on +44 (0) 20 8912 1000 or via email.