The user interface of IBM Connections in the cloud can be extended via extension points. These extensions allow users to launch external applications via URLs from within the SmartCloud for Social Business UI. As an example I built a custom action “send brochure” in my partner community sample.
Rajmeet Singh Bal has published a video to explain how developers can choose different available authentication UI options and how they can customize the user experience, e.g. via custom specific login pages.
At the Exceptional Web Experience event in May Mac Guidera, Jonathan Brunn and Bernadette Carter presented the new capabilities of WebSphere Portal to access IBM Connections. There are so called ‘social rendering portlets’ that can easily be put on Portal pages. When these Portal pages are associated with Connections communities, the different portlets can render activity streams, people, files, etc. from the communities. In order to do this no API code needs to be written and the usual customization UI can be used.
There is a new API explorer for the Domino REST APIs integrated in the Playground on IBM Greenhouse. The screenshot shows in the left column the different REST APIs and in the main area the result of “/api/data”.
Vimal Dhupar from the IBM Social Business Toolkit development team has published a new video in which she describes how to access functionality provided by the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business from your own apps.
Last week we published already three videos which demonstrate how to use UI controls provided by the IBM Social Business Toolkit to integrate various IBM Connections functionality easily in custom apps.
In this video Manish Kataria from the IBM Social Business Toolkit development team describes how you can access the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business via OAuth. Manish starts with a general description of OAuth2.0. After this he demonstrates how you can register your own OAuth app with IBM SmartCloud and then use these credentials from the IBM Social Business Toolkit SDK.
Vineet Kanwal from the IBM Social Business Toolkit development team talks in this video about the Java APIs provided by the SDK. Watch the video to get an overview of the available Java APIs for IBM Connections and IBM SmartCloud for Social Business and to learn how to use them in our own web applications.
I’ve created some videos in which I demonstrate in less than 100 seconds different ways to extend and access IBM Connections. Developers can follow these instructions to develop contributions for the IBM Connections App Dev contest.
If you want to see more of those videos, leave a comment below with descriptions of your scenarios.
Video Series: Extend and access IBM Connections in less than 100 Seconds
Chris Reckling blogged recently about a new feature of the mobile Connections apps for Android and iOS. For these platforms there is a new URL handler “ibmscp://” which can be used to invoke the Connections app from your own mobile apps.
As an example scenario if you have an app with people’s names in it, you could link over to their profile in the Connections app:
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