This week developerWorks celebrates its 9th birthday!
We formally launched in September of 1999. Today, nine years later, we've grown quite a bit, and matured in many ways.
For but one indication of how far we've come, take a look at our site as it was back in 2001, courtesy of the Internet Archive, and compare it to today's site. Update: Because the Internet Archive site is a tad slow, I'm adding this screenshot here:
But despite all of our growth and evolution, our core developerWorks mission still remains the same: To serve the wants and needs of developers and IT professionals.
We could not be successful without support from many many individuals and groups, including the dedicated staff of developerWorks; IBM management and executives, who provide strong leadership and commitment, and recognize the key role developerWorks plays for the company as well as for the community; and perhaps most of all, the millions of developers and IT professionals across the globe, both outside and inside IBM -- who not only visit the dW site and read articles and tutorials and download trial code, but also write articles and tutorials and tips, develop and share sample code, post questions and answers to our forums and comments to our blogs, create and manage community spaces on specific technical topics, and in large part make developerWorks an award-winning community that is so valuable to so many people, and in so many ways. Thanks to you all.