Figure 1. Project Zero WebSphere sMash skill kit
So what is a skill kit and how does it work? In a nutshell: We, at developerWorks, compile skill-related content from a wide variety of sources, such as articles, tutorials, videos, and trial software. We then organize these resources into a coherent and meaningful package designed to help you reach the desired skill objective. You'll also be able to search within the skill kit for specific information you need.
A skill kit is packaged as a zip file that you download and extract. Once the file is extracted, start the mini Web server and point your browser to it. That's it! All of your skills information is a click of the mouse away.
Since the skill kits are written in Java™, they can run on platforms other than Windows® with some simple modifications. For example, under Linux® use the following steps:
- Copy the .bat files as .sh files. For example, IC_start.bat becomes IC_start.sh
- Use chmod to make the .sh files executable. For example: chmod +x *.sh
- Edit the .sh file to change the location of the java executable to what is appropriate for your environment, and change directions of slashes if necessary.
Running the .sh file rather than the .bat started the local server properly. In the browser everything else ran as described.
Skill kit in action
To see the skill kit in action, I'll walk you through the steps involved in downloading, extracting, and using the Project Zero WebSphere sMash skill kit.
- Download the zip file from
developerWorks and place it in a directory of your choice. See Figure
Figure 2. Skill kit zip file
- Extract the contents of the zip file, as shown in
Figure 3. Extracting the skill kit
After the zip file is extracted, a new directory is created. In this case the directory is called Project Zero and WebSphere sMash_package. Inside the directory are a series of files and directories that let you run the skill kit as a stand-alone Web server. See Figure 4.
Figure 4. Project Zero and WebSphere sMash_package directory
- To open the skill kit, start the Web server.
Double-click the IC_start.bat
file. See Figure 5.
Figure 5. IC_start.bat
You should see the IC_start.bat file results, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6. IC_start.bat file results
Viewing the skill kit
After starting the skill kit Web server, you are ready to start using the skill kit. Point your browser to http://hostname:8888.
Note: Where the instructions refer to "http://hostname:8888", you must put in the number of the hostname of your own computer. To get the hostname for computers using Windows, type "Hostname" on a command prompt window and it will pop up. Or, right click on the my Computer icon, go to Properties, and go to the Computer name tab. In this case, the hostname is the computer name.
A Web page opens. Click Overview Project Zero in the Contents pane. See Figure 7.
Figure 7. Viewing the skill kit
Finding your way around the skill kit
Now that the skill kit is opened, let's take a quick tour. On the left side of the skill kit is the Contents pane. The Contents pane contains information in hierarchical format with major topics followed by subtopics. Open the topics and subtopics to see what content is included. The content can be a variety of resources such as a Web site, links to Web sites, files, RSS feeds, videos, and more. See Figure 8.
Figure 8. Skill kit organization
As you can see, the Project Zero kit starts with an Overview of Project Zero and WebSphere sMash followed by Whitepapers, Demonstrations, Related trials, and Reference. Click Project Zero home page to see a brief description of the content and a URL, as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9. Project Zero home page
Assuming you have Internet access, click the Project Zero Web page link, http://www.projectzero.org. The Project Zero Web page opens as shown in Figure 10.
Figure 10. Project Zero Web page
The skill kit also contains a search capability. For example, if you're
interested in viewing videos referenced in the skill kit related to
Project Zero and WebSphere, simply type
Video in the search box
and click Go. See Figure 11.
Figure 11. Skill kit search capability
The skill kit searches its list of keywords and returns the following results:
Figure 12. Search results
Maybe you are interested in installing WebSphere sMash for Eclipse. Click that video description in the Search Results window. You'll see results similar to Figure 13. This page gives a brief description of content contained on the video.
Figure 13. Video description
Just as you did in the Project Zero Web page, click the URL to launch the video. See Figure 14.
Figure 14. Launch the video
These are just a couple of examples on how to navigate within the developerWorks skill kit. Browse around to find the information and resources to help you get your skills up to speed.
Stopping the skill kit
To stop and close the skill kit, go back to the directory that was created when you unzipped the skill kit. It's the same directory where the IC_start.bat file is located. Double-click the IC_end.bat file to stop the skill kit, and then close your browser.
The skill kit is designed to help IT professionals build specific skills and learn more about a technology through just-in-time, customized content at no charge. It's delivered through a zip file that you can easily download. After extracting and starting it, you can view the contents through a browser. You can quickly search the skill kit for relevant content on a particular skill. This content can take the form of articles, tutorials, trial software, and demos. Get started now with the developerWorks Project Zero WebSphere sMash and DB2 skill kits.
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- Visit the skill kits home page on developerWorks.
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- To run the skill kit, you will need JRE 1.4.2 installed on your system.
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