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Wow... developerWorks has turned 10! And what an incredible 10 years it has been for myself and our industry. In 1999 I was working as an architect on an IBM WebSphere Small Business Suite offering. In those days, I used dW and aW all the time as a developer / architect to get answers and keep current on technology.
After moving to Tivoli, I was named the UI architect for a common tookit to be used to construct all the web GUIs for our product offerings. Again I found myself turning to dW and aW, as the resource not only to solve my current challenges, but as a means to keep current on technology, and remain well positioned for new growth opportunities that I knew would arise.
In 2007, an opportunity presented itself that would forever change my relationship with developerWorks. No longer would I look to dW as a resource center to assist me in my day to day job... as I made a move into the developerWorks organization itself! Working within dW has been AWESOME! Finally, after using the resources at dW for all those years as a developer and architect, I could give something back!
So developerWorks... thank you for all those years when you assisted me to be a better programmer.. and a smarter architect. And thank you today, for allowing me the privilege of working on the "inside" of our industry's leading IT professional network!
Here are some of my predictions for the next 10 years: Developers are going to have a much larger voice, in part because of the explosion of social networking. Look for developers, architects, and designers to begin blogging in much greater numbers. Connectivity... in the next few years look for PANs and PAN enabled devices to be as common as todays cell phone. I predict they will be everywhere. Wires and plugs will quickly become a thing of the past. Smarter planet will become not just a reality but common place. We have really been quite lax with our natural resources... look for smart devices to begin to add up real savings for the average person.. and big savings for municipalities.