Calling all developers... Go forth and share your code!!
Some years back an internal IBM prototype development team had a scheming plan - to build an instant messaging client that was more than just a end user application, but also an extensible platform. Fast forward a few years and that internal prototype inspired the current version of Sametime. The scheme has been realized and Sametime 7.5 is now more than an application, it's also a pluggable platform. Using the Sametime SDK developers can build plug-ins that take advantage not only of the screen real estate, but also the messaging connections.
The success of the internal prototype was due in part to the community of IBM developers that dove into the code and produced useful plug-ins that they shared with users and other developers. In an effort to duplicate that success the folks from developerWorks have teamed up with the Sametime development team and the Lotus ISV Enablement team to deliver the Sametime Code Exchange. The Sametime Code Exchange is a space where developers can post plug-ins and code snippets to share with others - open to anyone with a developerWorks login.
Frank Jania, special guest blogger for InsideLotus, problem solver, social software blogger, and technical evangelist in the Lotus ISV Enablement Team.
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Press Release: IBM Maintains Worldwide Marketshare Leadership in Application Development Software According to Top Analyst Firm
May 25 press release that you may be interested in. To quote the release:
"According to the independent report, IBM was the leading market sharevendor in total software revenue with 25.4 percent market share, morethan double the share of its nearest competitor." I bet you thought that honor went to another company!
Have you ever worked on projects where the whole thing was managed closely? Does your company value software development as a core business process, and not just "those IT guys sitting in the backroom, coding"?