Automate business groups creation with catalog items and entitlements

If you are a business admin and you have to create a business group for a newly on-boarded department, and you want to entitle OOTB catalog items for the members of this group, how will you do it? Through the UI, you would

  1. Create a business group by:
    1. Open the Business Groups tab.
    2. Click on “new business group”.
    3. Fill in group information: name, description, default machine prefix, managers, managers emails, users, etc.
  2. Create Entitlement
    1. Open the Entitlements tab
    2. Click on “add entitlement”
    3. fill in entitlement information: name, description, expiration date, status, business group
  3. Assign the same users from the business group
  4. Assign catalog items to the entitlement

Those are a lot of clicks. Imagine if you could do it with a single click (or a lot less than the above example), with an automated solution that is less error prone and fast! Well you can do it with the help of ASD and vRO and here we will show you how to do it. We will create a vRO workflow and an ASD blueprint out of it that we will publish to the Catalog.

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It’s been a long time since I last blogged, and it seems I miss it, so I decided it’s time to write a new post and try to start to write more frequently again.

One night we were out for a beer with Serge and he asked my what’s going on with my blog and why I am not posting anything and he got me thinking…
Part of my absence in this blog was because I have been busy lately. I took part in lots of new and interesting development projects, I’ve continued my education for a masters degree, I’ve been supporting the protests in Bulgaria, I traveled around and around, I even starred in a ski/snowboarding movie 😉
Another reason was that I started playing with JavaScript technologies, both front-end and back-end, things that in the past I tried to avoid, but one cannot afford to ignore them anymore.
Since this blog was more technically oriented, I will keep up this tradition and continue writing about my experiences with different programming technologies. I was a big Flex fan and most of my previous topics were on this theme, but these recent years, HTML, JavaScript and CSS technologies have evolved a lot, and now is a really interesting and challenging time to be doing JavaScript development. So I am really passionate about what can be done with these technologies and I think it will be nice to blog about it. I have few ideas that I think will be interesting to share soon, so stay tuned.

Hello VMware!

If you follow me on  twitter, you probably already know that, but it has been 2 months since I have left Obecto and started working at VMware Bulgaria.

This is a big change in my career and again it wasn’t that easy.

Working at Obecto was really cool! The people I have met there are very enthusiastic professionals and best at what they do. They are one of the Flex pioneers in Bulgaria, making great applications and as you know I am a Flex geek. I’ve learnt a lot working with guys like Todor and Vladi and all other colleagues. I had the opportunity to work on a big, unique and EXTREMELY interesting project, doing things that I am willing to bet no one had done with Flex. It was a pleasure working there and I am going to miss the atmosphere and the whole team. I can only wish them to continue with their passion making great projects and best of luck!

As I said it was fun, but I decided that it is time to move on. I cannot share a lot about my experiences so far at VMware, but I think it is great. I am still getting used working at such a large company with lots of colleagues and so much products and I am still getting confused sometimes with this “Inception thing” (VM inside of a VM) ::) Literally I am overwhelmed by information, but still want more. I like how I am constantly motivated to learn new things and be better. I also find it outstanding how developers are provoked to innovate and come up with new ideas, and how they are acknowledged.
A lot of things have happened these two months and I am so excited for the future, I am sure it will be interesting.

So what is next?
Be more awesome, of course! 🙂 I will continue with this blog and I will try to write interesting posts as before. I think now is a good time to say that this will continue to be my personal blog and will not represent thoughts and strategies of VMware

P.S. And since I am writing this when the hype is on whether Flex/Flash will live… I am sure there will be more mind-blowing websites and applications built with them.

I made it

I am happy to announce that I have successfully graduated the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University “st. Kliment Ohridski” with bachelor’s degree in computer science.

You might ask, why I am so happy to write about that? The thing is that 4 years ago I graduated the Professional High School of Tourism in Sofia, with degree in hotel management. However even when I started studying there, my passion was in computers. The last 2 years in high school I had to study hard mathematics at home, and at private courses, because, as you might have guesses, at my high-school the level of math education was not that high. So with lots of hard work I was the only one from my school to be accepted at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics. And that was win No. 1

Win No. 2 – my bachelor degree, came even harder and tougher. Imagine the jokes that I received from some of my co-students, that had graduated high schools school with intensive learning of mathematics, and their belief that I will not be able to make it. Challenge accepted! That is why now the taste of success is even sweeter.

The whole thing that I am trying to say is that, these 4 years proved to me that nothing is impossible as long as you wish for it hard!

Now I am off to achieve the next big challenge!

It is easy to code, but challenging to code right

I cannot say I have a lot of experience as a developer. I cannot say that I am ready to teach someone how to write code. I cannot say that what I am writing in this blog is always right.

What I can say is that I always have thirst to learn new things, new techniques. Willing to listen to new ideas, willing to discuss them and willing to share my experiences.

What I am saying is that I am always open to learn, open to try something new, and I think every developer should be. Sure I make mistakes, but making errors and then fixing them is making me better at what I do.

I said all of this, because I think it is time to step up my game. After few conversations with colleagues from work and college whether I am ready to guide other developers, give advices about what and why, and whether have the confidence to do it, I decided that I am not 🙂 But I won’t be ready even in 10 years if I don’t start from somewhere.

I have this idea for a posts about how to improve the quality of your code. Why? Being a developer at Obecto I am constantly observing the goodness of quality code and I’m practicing on writing one. What I realized is that the point is not always just to make things work. No. Very often you should write something that is less expose-able for bugs, something that is easy to maintain, something other developers could understand, that can extend and something that you can change later on and to still work.

I won’t step in into discussions of why and how to write good code, there are other books, papers and articles that cover that. In fact  you can check out this great article written by colleague of mine Vladimir Tsvetkov What’s wrong with the creative community of Flash? in which he writes about the problems of software engineers and how they can level up.

What I will do is explore and give my opinion on certain practices and tools to help us make better looking code.

I will try to make a series of posts on that topic, starting from Improve your code using Sonar with Flex plugin