One hundred years ago, this company was founded in New York City as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. And it was cool.
That's right: IBM is cool. And I'm not just saying that because we're celebrating our Centennial this week (although that is pretty awesome). I'm saying it because this is the company that pioneered the salaried workforce, discovered fractal geometry, created the first high-level programming language, invested $1 billion in Linux, and developed a computer that can understand natural language (and win game shows) -- among many, many other things. You can pack a whole lot of cool into a hundred years. Check out the IBM 100 Icons of Progress page for a more complete catalog of what IBM and IBMers have accomplished -- or read this blog post to see a list of software-specific milestones. (And have you seen Errol Morris' new short film about IBM? Cool indeed!)
So how do we wrap up a century of doing cool stuff? By serving our communities, of course! (What could be more cool than that?) IBM's Celebration of Service is a year-long global initiative that encourages IBM employees, partners, and friends to contribute their time and skills to worthwhile projects in their communities. Join us, won't you? Find out how you can take part in this unique worldwide initiative -- and then tell us about it on the developerWorks community!
Naturally, we've got a whole lot planned for our second century -- and we'll need your help to make it happen. Because, let's face it: None of this would be half as cool without you.
Let's do this!
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
- Eclipse Indigo unveiled (Open source)
- Speaking UNIX: Extreme shell makeover (AIX and UNIX)
- Integrate MATLAB code into InfoSphere Streams (Information Management)
- Integrate Perforce configuration management with Rational Team Concert 3.0 (Rational)
- Achieve higher performance with Tivoli Storage Manager using solid-state drives (Tivoli)
- Installing and clustering WebSphere Process Server V7 in non-GUI mode: Using the command line to create a cluster (WebSphere)
- Go paperless: XML and PHP for accounting audit documentation (XML)