Guest post from Christelle Colin (@bateausoie)
Kathy Terry, a Certified Senior Consultant at IBM discussed tips and tricks for developers to make their life easier with WebSphere products and allow them to create avant-guarde applications.
She highlighted quite a few Feature Packs which are all free: now wouldn't it be a shame not to use all these free resources? Also, don't forget to leverage the IBM Innovation Centers or Technical Exploration Centers for sandboxes or Proof of Technology. Free resources, again!
- Rational Application Developer (RAD) for WebSphere looks at the developer development cycle.
- WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Feature Pack for Web 2.0 and Mobile: Transit your desktop applications to the Web and mobile applications without much efforts.
- WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Feature Pack for Communications Enabled Applications enables co-browsing. You can drag in without knowing the underlying technology (it support all technologies).
- WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Feature Pack for OSGi brings lot of modularity.
- Free usage of WebSphere Application Server (WAS) runtime.
- A hidden secret worth spreading: Visualization. It includes DOJO, but goes far beyond. It's a great product to map out information. In fact, for any visual thing that you might be pressed to do yourself.
- WebSphere eXtreme Scale for object caching and to pull your JVM memory. ESPN has just presented their achievements at Impact 2011 with eXtreme Scale. They only spent $200k, it took them 6 weeks, and the benefits are amazing. The big question was, if everything is personalized, what are you caching? They do "write behind caching" because they can wait a little bit, but you have to think of your own approach.
- IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Technical Exploration Centers (TECs) enable you to play with sandboxes or achieve a Proof of Technology (POT). POTs last for one to three days.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and jump in now!