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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!
My developerWorks meet world... world meet My developerWorks...
Today was the big day... the day we officially launched My developerWorks... and introduced the world to what some are now referring to as the "geekiest social network". OK... I guess deep down we really are geeks... we love gadgets and gizmos.. and leading edge technologies.
But one thing we are really serious about is making our membership smarter... giving them the competitive edge... helping them keep in touch with what is hot and what is trendy. This is what social networking is all about, not just keeping up, but staying ahead.
It's a competitive world out there... a world that is getting smarter. Information is the new capital of developers... sharing it with others brings prestige and opens up networks that give you a competitive edge. Geeks are getting smarter... and the smartest geeks are networking right here at developerWorks!
As part of our launch of My developerWorks.. we did what all developers do after a product launch... we partied! Here are a few pictures from our event today... enjoy!
Leah, Steve, Branavan, Jim, and Satish
Stef and Jim
Laura and Jim Corgel
Keith, Ami, and Vikram
Denise, Stef, Laura, and Katie
Laura and Denise.. with our developerWorks "profile picture" cake!
And finally some of our team out at a local high-school career day... and yes... those are "geek" propeller hats!
CJ, Branavan, Barbara, Peter, Tori, and Ami
One handy feature of your My dW profile is Recent activities. This neat option lets you and other members keep up with all your travels across My developerWorks. As you join a group, post a bookmark, blog, or create an activity, your profile automatically keeps account of this... allowing you to quickly navigate to the areas of My dW you are active in.
This feature also allows other members to "follow" you... which is really nice for new members who have similar interests as you. As part of our efforts to continuous expand the user experience, we have added two additional tabs to Recent activity. The Downloads and Forums tabs, will allow you to track and navigate to your recent activity in these areas of developerWorks.
As we continue to roll out new features... expect to see a lot of enhancements to your profile. Your profile is at the heart of everything you do at developerWorks, so please fill it out.. and keep it up to date!
Did you know you can follow developerWorks on Twitter? Follow us to keep up with the latest articles, events, and news, here at developerWorks!
I also Tweet out regular updates on my blog entries, breaking news at developerWorks, and other interesting news on technology and IT related subjects. I appreciate the follow!
One of the key strengths of community is not only the ability to follow the activities of other members... but to message them directly. My developerWorks offers a number of ways to directly contact or "Notify" other members through e-mail. One nice feature of My developerWorks is that even though we use e-mail to perform notifications, your e-mail address remains private, and is never revealed when you message other members.
Now let's examine three common methods that you can use within My developerWorks to directly connect with other members:
The first method we will cover is the most important... the peer to peer connection. One of the key benefits of making a colleague connection within our community is the ability to follow the activity of this colleague. But we also built another key feature into colleagues, and that is the ability to contact a colleague through their e-mail.
To add a member as a colleague, you simply click the "Add to My Colleagues" link from that members profile:
Once you have added a member as a colleague, this link will change to "Message colleague".
Clicking on the "Message colleague" link will pop-up a rich text editor where you can type a message or insert graphics to share with your colleague. This message is then sent to your colleagues e-mail address. Within the message, we automatically add a "Reply" link, which allows a colleague to respond to the sent notification... all while keeping both of your e-mail addresses completely anonymous.
E-mail from notifications will originate from: email@example.com
The second method to message your peers is found within My Groups. After you join a group, you can message the entire membership of that group via the "Mail Group" feature. Using this function, you can notify the entire group or just the group owners. Again, this will result in an e-mail notification to the group members.
The last method I will cover is the ability to notify members of a blog entry. Many times, we come across a blog entry that we would like to share with others. To do this use the "Notify other users" function, that is found under "More Actions" at the bottom of each blog entry.
As you can see.. to get the value out of notifications, you will need to provide a valid e-mail address in your My developerWorks profile. Additionally, a complete and up to date profile is important, as this is the compelling information that drives members to colleague each other.
As we plan the next release of My developerWorks, the capabilities to message / notify / and follow others will be greatly enhanced. However, two key factors to getting the most out of these functions will remain constant: A complete profile and a valid e-mail address.
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So... thank you Lotus and thank you developerWorks team..!
It is important to understand that this community will embrace openness... and is intended for our users to share and collaborate with each other.. in the true spirit of web2.0. With that said, we have jump started the developer community with bookmarks, feeds, and forum entries... but this is your community... so please join in!
As you discover other members of the community, a good way to collaborate is through a mutual activity. The Activity application allows a