Late last week, Forrester announced that developerWorks won its Groundswell 2010 award in the business-to-business "supporting" category. As noted in the official press release from Forrester Research,
winners were honored "for excellence in effective use of social technologies to advance an organizational or business goal."
Commenting about the awards, Josh Bernoff, senior vice president of idea development at Forrester and co-author of Groundswell and Empowered, said, "Once again, the entrants and winners for this year's Forrester Groundswell Awards amazed us. We were particularly impressed with the diverse and effective social and mobile strategies that organizations are now using to reach consumers, business companies, and their own employees."
Check out our entry at the Groundswell site (which includes nearly 100 positive review comments), plus additional details.
Many of you have likely heard of IBM's Smarter Planet strategy, perhaps from TV advertisements, a Sam Palmisano speech, a Smarter Planet blog, or independent sources such as respected industry analysts and news publications. We at developerWorks have also been addressing the Smarter Planet in several tangible ways.
For example, developerWorks has dedicated significant attention and resources this year to key tools and technologies that enable a smarter planet -- technologies such as Cloud computing (this week alone we're publishing several new articles on Cloud computing), Social Tools, Green IT, and more.
We also recently created a developerWorks Space dedicated to covering Smarter Planet. If you have not yet done so, I encourage you to take a look at, and consider bookmarking, this one-stop resource for developers and IT professionals.
And perhaps as substantial as any offering from developerWorks to date is the new My developerWorks, a.k.a. "the world's geekiest social network" -- a place where developers and IT professionals help one another become smarter. After all, no single person or company has all the answers, and smarter people will go a long way toward creating a smarter planet. With My developerWorks, IBM strives to connect the global community of software developers and make it easier for them to create new technologies based on open standards such as Java technology, Linux and XML.
IBM maintains a significant investment in developerWorks because we recognize the critical role developers and IT professionals play in business, and more broadly, in shaping our planet. Whatever the challenge -- reducing the time and fuel wasted in traffic; providing cleaner water and more efficient food supplies; establishing more intelligent and optimized energy grids; you name it -- IT professionals are bound to play a key role in transforming technologies, businesses, cities and governments, homes and farms, cars, planes and trains to address each challenge and thus make the world a better place. Clearly, one way to work smarter is to more effectively tap into the collective intelligence of your peers, and to collaborate to solve common problems. My developerWorks helps you collaborate and learn from each other. And more broadly, developerWorks continues to add to its collection of thousands of professionally developed how-to articles and tutorials (with recent emphasis on key topics such as Cloud computing) to help you build your skills, work smarter, and master the open, standards-based technologies and products that you employ as you help make the world smarter.
One of the great things about the IBM Rational Software Conference
(formerly the Rational Software Development Conference, or RSDC) is the fact that you can get the equivalent of an entire year's worth of training, all in one week. Plus catch up with colleagues and peers across the globe whom you otherwise rarely get to see -- and meet new people who may prove valuable (whether for solving technical problems or being a key contact who helps with your career or becoming a lifelong friend).
The teams putting together this year's Rational Software Conference (May 31-June 4 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort in Orlando, FL) recently shared with me an impressive list of new reasons to attend this year. Among them: a new "Application Security and Compliance" track, new "Enterprise architecture and SOA content," a new "Software Lifecycle Integration and Governance" track, and the addition of "Innovation 2009: Telelogic User Group Conference" -- which means you get the benefits of two conferences for the price of one.
For more on this year's big event, check out our new developerWorks podcast with Terry "TQ" Quatrani, Rational technical events content lead.
The conference also has special discounts now -- and even an opportunity to persuade IBM to help you attend: Want to come to the conference but can't get the budget approved to join us? Send us your contact information, your budget challenge, and how we can help.
There's no time like the present to register.[Read More]
Whatever your goal may be (successfully navigating a global economic downturn, making a smarter planet ... you name it), one key ingredient is communications, which can include many components: The flow and distribution of information. Establishing and nurturing connections with others. Collaboration. Today you have more resources than ever to help. And today your customers, partners, clients -- everyone -- expects more than ever in terms of what you offer to help them. That's why developerWorks is putting so much focus lately on social tools and technologies.
Check out our Social Tools space
to see our latest collection of social tools content and resources -- and find out how you can employ social tools and technologies to be more successful in your software development and IT projects. We strive to help you make wise and effective use of social tools.
We view social tools as one of this year's major developerWorks themes -- and one that ties into the "My developerWorks" efforts currently underway (for more details, listen to recent podcast on the topic of My dW). But truth be told, developerWorks has always been focused on serving the wants and needs of developers and IT professionals, and thus we always focused on community and sharing vs. talking "at" you. From the beginning, we recognized the importance of having experts in the broad IT community (not just IBM) contribute how-to articles and tutorials, and it meant providing ways for you to communicate with us -- and with each other: social tools and technologies such as discussion forums, feedback emails and forms, focus groups, live events. In April 2004 we at developerWorks helped lead IBM into the realm of blogs, and shortly afterward began offering podcasts that include discussions not just with the authors of our featured content (both IBMers and non-IBMers) and IBM leaders and experts (Steve Mills, Danny Sabbah, Grady Booch, Scott Ambler, ...), but also with experts outside of IBM, such as Tim Berners-Lee, John Maddog Hall, Chris Anderson, Jimmy Wales, and Tim O'Reilly. We continue to look for more ways to extend communications among all parties. We have always wanted you to communicate to us -- and to one another, too. Today we are focused on the social tools and collaboration and community more than ever, and that's reflected by our rich collection of related content and resources (again, check out the related Social Tools space, and keep coming back to the dW home page for new content and resources). And look for a major "My developerWorks" update in the coming weeks![Read More]
Whether you're attending the Rational Software Development Conference
or not, you may appreciate all the info about the conference in the developerWorks RSDC group blog
and the RSDC community space
. There you can get up to speed on all the Rational news and activities in Orlando this week. You'll even find podcasts with VIPs and execs, including Grady Booch
and Scott Ambler
, whom I interviewed Monday. And soon we'll post the audio of the RSDC keynotes, too. Check it out
We've had quite a few questions submitted already for our upcoming podcast interviews with VIPs such as Steve Mills, Grady Booch, and Danny Sabbah
. I'll be interviewing Danny, Grady, and Steve (and quite a few others too) at the Rational Software Development Conference June 1-5
If you have a question you'd like one or more of these interviewees to answer, it's not too late! Please submit your questions for Steve, Grady, and Danny, as well as other executives and technology leaders -- including (as of today): Buell Duncan, Beth Friday, Scott Hebner, Hayden Lindsey, Stephanie Martin, Martin Nally, Walker Royce.
Oh, and it's also not too late to register for RSDC.[Read More]
I'm excited to see my lineup of podcast interviews during the Rational Software Development Conference June 1-5
. I'm also happy to offer the dW community (that's you
, dear reader) the opportunity to submit questions for me to ask of these VIPs, who'll be sitting down with me for interviews during RSDC.
This week I'm continuing to focus on questions for Steve Mills, and also particularly looking for questions for both IBM fellow Grady Booch and Rational Software GM Danny Sabbah. Please share your questions for Steve, Grady, and Danny![Read More]
developerWorks will again be at the Rational Software Development Conference
this year -- June 1-5 in Orlando, Florida. I again have the honor of doing a presentation about developerWorks, this year joined by dW Rational Community Manager Marc Siegel. I'll also again be conducting interviews at the conference. This year I've scheduled interviews with some VIPs at IBM -- and I invite you
to suggest questions!
This week I'm focusing on gathering questions for Steve Mills. Many of you already know Steve runs IBM's Software Group -- he's the Senior Vice President and Group Executive of IBM Software Group. What you may not realize is that he is the leader of the world's largest software development organization, with some 24,000 developers, widely distributed across the globe. Sounds like someone worth talking to, eh? We plan to do just that, and we want to ask him the best of your questions. Have any? Please post your questions for Steve Mills here -- simply follow this link to the related dW forum thread (and perhaps read the questions others have posted), then click on "Reply to this thread" (upper left of page) to submit your own question(s). I'll ask as many of your good questions as I can when I talk to him at RSDC.
Also, if you haven't already heard it, check out our new developerWorks podcast about RSDC, in which dW's own Scott Laningham interviews Scott Hebner, Rational VP of Marketing and Strategy, for a quick preview of this year's conference. After listening and hearing more about this year's highlights (including big keynotes from folks like Steve Mills, Danny Sabbah and Grady Booch, guest speaker William Shatner, comedian Mitch Fatel, and Grammy-winning rock band The Wallflowers ... more than 300 technical sessions ... hands-on technical workshops ... complimentary IBM certification classes ... technology demonstrations ...) I'll bet you'll want to register now -- and see these execs (as well as many technical experts, and peers) in person.[Read More]
As reported in Computerworld
this morning, "IBM today opened its Jazz.net open-source community to anyone who wants to provide feedback on the technology, which is intended to help improve collaboration among software development teams." This welcome news is something I'd encouraged (though I'm not naive enough to think my input had much to do with it). Glad to see it has now happened, and kudos to all who've helped make this happen, including Bill Higgins, who is now managing the Jazz.net community site
Also of particular interest in the Computerworld article are the two concluding paragraphs:
IBM on Monday also announced that the second beta version of the first Jazz-based product -- called IBM Rational Team Concert Express -- is now available. The product, expected to be generally available later this year, is aimed at helping small and midsize development teams improve productivity through collaboration, IBM said. It includes Web dashboards to help users see real-time status data including the status of work items and project health.
Finally, IBM announced that IBM Research is working on a new projects called Bluegrass, which is aimed at using virtual worlds such as Second Life to help software developers work and brainstorm with one another using interactive visual representations of ideas, data from the Web and Jazz-based sources.
Check out the complete article for more details, including perspective from Scott Hebner, IBM Rational VP of marketing and strategy, about how IBM will "build our products in a completely transparent and collaborative fashion with our customers."
Update: I just found this press release about today's news, which provides even more details.[Read More]
As some of you may have already learned (as CNet
, and others have reported, and as we've mentioned elsewhere), earlier this month, developerWorks made it much easier for you to search our rich collection of code with help from both Krugle
. Special thanks to our own David Salinas, who worked through many issues (technical, legal, and otherwise) to help make this happen.
I expect many of you will find this enhancement of developerWorks most useful. The indexed code includes:
- code from more than 1,400 articles (and we plan to expand code search to our full collection of articles)
- more than 33,000 individual source code files
- more than 4.6 million lines of code
One nifty element of the search function: Not only can you quickly search, find and view code on developerWorks to help your with your projects, you can also annotate source code with your own comments and create direct bookmarks to a single or group of individual files. And search results also incorporate the context of the article, as well as a link back to the article that explains and employs the code, vs. simply the code in isolation.
For more info, see Scott Laningham's blog -- which links to our related dW podcast discussions about Krugle code search on developerWorks -- and see also the related page with details regarding developerWorks source code on Koders.com.
Bottom line: You'll now find developerWorks code via your searches whether you use Koders or Krugle. And if you want to search developerWorks code specifically, you can easily do so on the developerWorks site: Simply use the standard dW search and then, on the results page, click on "Sample Code results (hosted by Krugle)." Alternatively, you can bookmark this example results page (in which I searched for "open"and found 4440 matching files) and modify the search term there.
Happy code searching.
As already mentioned by fellow dW bloggers Bob Zurek ("Come all ye Open Source faithful
") and Dave Klavon ("IBM delivers open source partner package
"), IBM recently announced a new effort to make it even easier for partners to successfully use open source
. As described in InfoWorld
IBM wants to encourage more of its business partners to use its open-source, low-end application server and free entry-level database by giving those companies access to IBM sales, marketing and technical expertise at no charge.
Partners who use IBM's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) or the vendor's DB2 Express-C database will be able to directly tap IBM staff for advice on integration, scalability, testing, and support issues and won't have to pay for the privilege, IBM said Wednesday.
Such IBM feedback should help business partners bring their software based on WAS CE or DB2 Express-C more quickly to market, according to Rado Nikolov, director of strategy and emerging business, independent software vendor (ISV) and developer relations at IBM. The company will also help some partners create more buzz for their products in different geographies through free ongoing telemarketing campaigns and discounted advertising. Partners can also call on IBM sales staff for assistance in closing deals, he said.
For more details:
Personally, I am always happy to see IBM extend its open source efforts, and boosting support of partners in this fashion should certainly fuel broader adoption of open source solutions.
And speaking of open source solutions, have you heard about the new IBM "Open Client Solution" as an "alternative to vendor lock-in" and to "improve interoperability and provide more choice to run different vendors' products that work together"? Now we're talkin'! See a related CNet News.com article and the IBM press release.
Today provides a great opportunity to learn more about Caspian -- its significance, the vision behind it, and more. To get the scoop on this week's major Caspian product launch from Rational -- the Rational V7 Software Delivery Platform desktop products, based on Eclipse 3.2 -- join Grady Booch for a live dW chat this afternoon -- Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 Eastern.
Grady will answer your questions about the V7 Rational tools release.
If you're reading this after the live developerWorks chat ends, don't fret: You can read the transcript (which will be posted shortly after the live event).
Today IBM Rational launched the new, version 7 batch of its desktop products (aka the Caspian release products). These Rational Software Delivery Platform desktop products, based on Eclipse 3.2, are designed to help development teams better design, implement and manage the delivery of software architectures. See the IBM Rational Web site
for the brand's official announcement and perspective.
Of particular note: These products are based on Eclipse 3.2. The fact that IBM used Eclipse as the foundation for its key set of developer products speaks strongly to its commitment to the Eclipse platform. Also of interest are the comments from my colleague Simon Johnston, who's already mentioned the launch in his blog today, and noted also that thanks in part to Simon's own efforts, "IBM [now] has a single method for the development of SOA solutions, whether you buy that method for your own use or you contract with IBM services; you the customer get the value of the combined experience of IBM's product and services communities."
Across developerWorks we've published a number of new resources related to the new V7 products:
Check out the new resources, and in particular the free V7 desktop trial software (Application Developer, Software Architect, Systems Developer, Software Modeler, Functional Tester, Manual Tester), and let us know what you think.
Today Danny Sabbah, GM of IBM Rational Software, sent a note to IBMers that nicely summarizes a major milestone: The 5-year anniversary of Eclipse as an open source project. Here's an excerpt:
Over the last five years, we've seen Eclipse evolve from a platform for application development tools to a universal integration platform for building and deploying software worldwide, with IBM driving much of the progress. ...
Since this day in 2001, when IBM made available the source code for the Eclipse platform under an open source license at eclipse.org, Eclipse has grown to include 66 open source projects and is the basis for more than 1,300 products. According to IDC, Eclipse is the market leading Java IDE with 2.27 million users worldwide, which demonstrates a remarkable level of support for open source innovation and collaboration. The initial eclipse.org consortium grew quickly from an 8-member group including IBM and Rational Software, to today's 152-member-strong Eclipse Foundation. Java Development Tools (Java IDE) with its incremental compiler, the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and the Eclipse platform as a more general Rich Client Platform (RCP) are among the many innovations made possible by Eclipse.
Within SWG, Eclipse has been adopted as the open source development platform across all our brands, and today more than 100 IBM products [including Lotus Sametime 7.5, WebSphere Portal 6.0, the upcoming IBM Lotus Notes "Hannover" release, to name a few] are based on Eclipse.
(Thanks, Danny, for your permission to excerpt from your email.)
Indeed, Eclipse has had a tremendous impact in five short years. And developerWorks has been covering it all along, through for example the Eclipse section of the dW Open Source zone.
For more perspective, listen to my comments about the Eclipse anniversary in today's new "This week on developerWorks" podcast. Also worth a listen (and providing much useful context and details) are our earlier dW podcasts with John Kellerman about Eclipse.
Many people will be attending the Eclipse parties being held around the world today. If you miss the parties, you can sign the birthday card and read about the anniversary at the eclipse.org site.
Last week there was quite a bit of news about the work of one of our own, developerWorks community program manager Rawn Shah. Rawn has helped develop -- and is co-teaching -- a new course at the University of Arizona this semester entitled "MIS 300 - Web 2.0: Maintaining and Developing Online Communities." The course description reads:
Online social networking and communities have become a big role in how organizations interact within themselves as well as with external partners. Developing a healthy community can lead to new business opportunities, improved customer relations, as well as improved communications to the world. Online social network sites already claim over 300 million members worldwide in public sites that are starting to turn into a new generation of b2b and b2c business collaboration and brokerage sites. This course investigates the technologies, methods and practices towards developing online communities, and how this knowledge and these skills are applied to businesses.
Kudos to Rawn Shah and the others at IBM and at the U of A who worked to get this class in place and to promote it.
For more details, see Rawn's related Wiki, which includes the course syllabus, FAQ, Resources, and more, as well as a collection of related news articles -- which includes for example this Dr. Dobbs article -- that were published last week, and a link to last week's related press release announcing the course.
It was not long ago when yours truly took a graduate course at UNC-Chapel Hill (perhaps the first of its kind anywhere, and in its debut semester at UNC in any case) entitled "Virtual Communities." That course, taught by the amazing Paul Jones, director of ibiblio.org (formerly metaLab, formerly SunSITE), included guest lectures by people like Howard Rheingold (the WELL) and Brewster Kahle (the Wayback Machine) and focused quite a bit on more established "technologies for 'community building' such as listservs, discussion boards, fora, and portals," and blogs and perhaps wikis; blogs were just getting big and podcasts were still in their infancy. Shortly after that, we started expanding our "community" effort at developerWorks; we rolled out dW blogs, and we've also launched dW podcasts, expanded and enriched our discussion forums ... and continue to improve. Having Rawn take on the full-time role as dW community lead was another positive step. I know Rawn has a lot more in store for developerWorks, and I'm sure his teaching the U of A course will only enhance his expertise -- and thus our ability to do more for the developerWorks community and more with Web 2.0 technologies.
Meantime, it's great to see us helping students via this course, as well as the many other efforts of IBM University Relations. Students -- like professionals -- are turning to the content and resources at developerWorks to help them learn, help them complete tasks. The Dr. Dobbs article cited above mentions but one rich example: our Web development zone, which focuses on open, cross-platform, standards-based Web 2.0 technologies and social networking and online community tools, including Ajax, Atom, mashups, PHP, RSS, Wikis, and much more. Lots of helpful tutorials, how-to articles, and other resources to help students and professionals alike.[Read More]