If you're like me, you tend to proceed very cautiously before making major decisions. (Ask my wife -- we dated for eight years before getting married.) I mean, if you're thinking about making a commitment, why not get as much relevant data as possible beforehand?
Well, if you're that careful about your software purchases, our SOA Sandbox is the place for you: This cloud-based resource provides a hands-on environment where you can try out a wide range of IBM software products at no charge -- and avoid installing a whole bunch of software on your system -- before you make a commitment. Want to see how the various IBM products work together? Try one of the helpful SOA Sandbox exercises, short guided activities that illustrate how different products can be configured to run with one another to solve a particular problem through the power of SOA. Need more information? (Of course you do!) The Sandbox also includes online demos, white papers, solution architecture guides, and much more.
So take the time you need to make an informed decision. Some purchases require a little extra research. (Apparently, shampoo is not one of them... or so my wife tells me.)
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
- Java development 2.0: Sharding with Hibernate Shards (Java technology)
- Three locks for your SSH door: Make life more difficult for would-be hackers (AIX and UNIX)
- Running a successful project with the InfoSphere Master Data Management Workbench (Information Management)
- Avoid memory leaks in POSIX thread programming (Linux)
- Learn Linux, 101: Maintain the integrity of filesystems (Linux)
- Create eye-catching, interactive reports using Apache Hadoop and the Dojo toolkit (Web development)
- New WebSphere Developer Technical Journal (WebSphere)