Designing an Impersonate feature

Designing an Impersonate feature

A feature that is often requested is the ability for a privileged user to impersonate another user’s account. If you aren’t familiar with that, it just means that the privileged account wants to be able to see exactly what that other user sees on the same screens when they logon. It is primarily used for support purposes to assist the impersonated account. We’ve designed this feature in different iterations but it comes with a lot of education and security risks that must be addressed.

5 Best Takeaways from Mendix World 2019

5 Best Takeaways from Mendix World 2019

Last week, I along with other leaders in our Rapid App Dev practice joined Mendix in Rotterdam for their #MxWorld2019 event. If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll get a more play by play take on the event and the activities my teammates and I participated in leading up to, during, and after the event. I’ve had a few days to step back and reflect on the event and wanted to share my Top 5 takeaways with you. Let me know if you agree or had a different key takeaway (not surprising if you did as there were many announcements!)

Returning from Mendix World - Day One

With the event behind us, Matt, Danny, Rowan, Brandon and I headed to Dublin, Ireland to fit in some last minute sites and culture before heading home. We had to leave early in the morning to catch our train to the airport where Danny and I met up Matt and Brandon who took a later train. Rowan had a different agenda and met up with us later in the afternoon.

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Hamming it up!

Hamming it up!

We took off without incident and had a chance to relax before a day of touring Dublin. Unfortunately I had developed heel bursitis based solely on Google and my symptoms (I’ll be checked by a doc back home) so my day started with significant pain and it only worsened. I managed 25k steps yesterday and each step was excruciating. As I write this the morning after with one day to go, my will to take in the experience is all that allows me move upright. I have genuine flashbacks to my trench foot experience in the Marine Corps and willing myself forward. But enough of that, we had fun so let’s check it out!

 

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Arrival in Ireland 

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We were very hungry so that needed to be corrected immediately! We took a couple of turns and found this back alley cafe, almost like a tent, and decided to give it a try. I can’t recommend this place highly enough! The daily soup and sandwich combo was exquisite!

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With no agenda in mind, we just walked a few blocks and were suddenly at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I might return there later as it is Good Friday/Passover and I’m sure decorated to the nines. It may not be quite as impressive as the Cologne Cathedral, but certainly as much if not more iconic!

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A few blocks later and we were at Christ Church Cathedral! I took a lot of pics but here are a few. I couldn’t upload the panoramic unfortunately but it was a site to behold!

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From there we headed down a road and marveled at the architecture and quaint feeling of the whole area. We took a right at one point to “cut through” to another area and were suddenly in the courtyard of the Castle of Dublin!

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Our one goal for the day was to take the Jameson tour of the old distillery. We were not disappointed as this museum was rich in history, and taught us how to distinguish between whiskey types. I’ve always had a preference for Jameson but I never realized why until now! I just figured it was my Irish roots, haha.

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Stopped for Ice Cream a long the way, yum!

Stopped for Ice Cream a long the way, yum!

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On the way to meet up with Rowan for dinner, we stumbled across a church with a very orange hue to the brickwork (sorry didn’t get the name). Then we saw a large number of young people sitting by the canal laughing and drinking and wondered why that spot in particular was so popular. Turns out there were these massive beautiful swans that migrate for winter and will likely be leaving soon. You can sort of see them in the picture.

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Dinner was at an Italian restaurant where the everything was made fresh that afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and dinner conversations, especially recounting Rowan’s experiences making it to that point in time from Rotterdam!

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As we walked back to our hotel, I realized that Matt, Danny, and Brandon were all leaving for home in the morning so I took one last pic. What an adventure we have had! Four grown men traveled across Europe together for a week much like young men do at the start of their adult lives. We laughed the entire way and it will take weeks to process all we have done together. Our work carried us through Mendix World where we networked with peers we have spoken to on the phone so many times before but never shook hands until this week. We were there when the announcements were made that will most impact us for the next few years. But most of all, we’ve come out the other side best of friends.

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Rowan and I have one more day in Dublin to take in all we can. I’ll hobble along as best I can and rest when I get home. I’m excited to see my family again; it’s been very long since I’ve hugged them all. I’m not sure if I’ll post a recap of today or not, but I’ll leave now to go see what I can find!

Mendix World 2019 - Day Two

After an amazing day one at the conference, we arrived early at the Ahoy Rotterdam for day two. Johan (Mendix CTO) was set to deliver the keynote and we were excited to see all R&D had assembled for the show. But first, I needed coffee with my kids face printed!

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We assembled in the main hall for the Keynote and Johan did not disappoint! First, he recapped Mendix Studio and Studio Pro, formerly known as the Web Modeler and Business Modeler respectively. Then the bombshells started dropping. The former Sandbox Edition, now known as the Free Edition, removed the user limit of 10 to unlimited. This means that users can create apps without restriction (other than the 90 minute spin down and restart upon a user requesting the webpage) and if IT deems it enterprise worthy, they can secure and support it by updating the app in the Studio Pro Edition and deploying to a licensed node in a few clicks!

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Next he showed off the ability to create an app directly from a spreadsheet upload, where Mendix Studio interprets Entities and Associations to build out your domain model.

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He then spoke about AI and the progression of expected development and use. I joked that stage 5 was the T-1000!

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Most excitedly we got a sneak peek at the Data Hub and this is potentially a game changer. I’ll write more about this in particular in the near future. 

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The release schedule was announced as follows for all of the goodies:

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Johan then gave us a sneak peek at what they are innovating with AR. My colleagues and I came up with a few use cases that our customers would be interested in so I’m going to see about how we co-innovate with them.

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Next was lunch and we couldn’t pass up the chance to grab a hot dog, French style. It was delicious!

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We headed back to the show floor to speak with partners and clients It was great to meet everyone and share our stories of success at EPI-USE.

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Jornt joined EPI-USE, sorry Mendix 😉

Jornt joined EPI-USE, sorry Mendix 😉

Finally, we ended the event with a speech by Bear Grylls and an after party. I missed out on the MVP dinner and they sure did rub it in!

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The event was really great and I’m thankful to EPi-USE for sending us and to Mendix for hosting it. I hope we get one in the USA soon! Now we are off to Dublin for a couple of days of fun before heading home so stay tuned!