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Blog Authors: Valerie Skinner 060000VKGS is part of the IBM developerWorks team, getting to know the real developers who make up the My developerWorks community and exploring the world of social networking. I'm enjoying learning what makes developers tick! I'm very interested in exploring online communities and social media and understanding real world application - how they can help people solve problems and work together.
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This week I'm happy to interview David Salinas, the project and technical lead at developerWorks. Get to know him better in this interview and visit his profile to invite him to be your colleague in My developerWorks.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what you're currently working on?
Well, I am a long time reader and first time interviewee of your blog. I have been working at developerWorks for 5 years. I joined developerWorks from a small group called Toolbox that was shutdown a few years ago. Since being with developerWorks, I have been a web application engineer that has worked on a variety of topics including search, metrics, usability, UI and numerous web applications. Lately, I have taken more of a project lead role to help drive fulfillment of our requirements from a technical perspective.
What specifically drew your interest to the IT field?
To be honest, I was drawn to the IT field by my interest in technology and communication. I was a political science guy who fell into technology due a curiosity of getting people to connect and improve our collective governance. Once I got into the classes, it completely satisfied my intellect curiosity to understand the details of how these complex systems worked and my innate desire to solve puzzles. In fact, the best in the IT industry tend to have strong desires to solve problems and pull all the pieces together. Interestingly, there is more and more convergence between political science and computer science as the IT industry has evolved. In fact, in many ways, the internet is the culmination of the tenants first laid out by John Stuart Mill in On Liberty.
What advice would you give to IT students just starting out in the IT industry?
Well, I would strongly advise individuals to study relational databases and understand them very well. This was one area that my academic background did not fully prepare me. In working with others, I have found that this skill is essential in the enterprise space. Just to be clear, I would say that studying relational databases is beyond just understanding SQL though knowing SQL is a must too. You should know how to use a database, how to create one and how to update it as well. Its especially useful to be able to know how to start with a list of requirements and build a database that satisfies those requirements while being an optimal technological solution that can be easily extended and improved for future needs. To that end, you should understand database normalization.
The other advice I would offer is to invest in your future by putting aside money. When I started off, I worked for small companies. Based on those experiences, I can tell you that having a savings for immediate emergency and long term retirement needs is a good thing. So, be wise, put aside 10% post taxed income for your future especially if your employer offers matching contributions.
Finally, I would strongly encourage individuals to increase their competency on communication for the mediums of visual, oral and written. Strong leaders require the ability to clearly communicate a vision and direction to the team and for the project. Good communication is not strictly limited to being informative but also being concise, precise and persuasive.
What project are you most proud of ?
Well, I am most proud of two projects at developerWorks. First, I am very proud of the success and achievements for our Rational RFE Community. I was involved in this project from the ground breaking and have seen it blossom to a successful offering which went public in April 2008. If you are not familiar with it, the RFE Community allows users to submit feature enhancement requests for Rational products. Once submitted, Rational commits to providing a response within 90 days to that request. More importantly, users can search, comment and vote on feature requests that are in the community. Effectively, Rational is fostering a community to build a collaborative relationship for improving and influencing their products. Second, I am proud of the My developerWorks project. We have learned quite a bit about our users and the ourselves in deploying an integrated and fully featured community offering platform built on Lotus Connections. The adventure continues since we are continuously dropping fixes and features on a regular basis. More importantly, we are in process using the latest product release of Lotus Connections. As such, we are feverishly ramping up to make this a reality for all My developerWorks users.
If you were stuck on a technology deprived island, what single technology could you not live without?
Telephone (or VoIP). I know... sounds pathetic that I did not mention email or text messaging, etc. I have found that most of the complicated technical and business issues of our day really require for people to talk to each other. Quite frankly, email and instant messaging are just not the ideal mediums for most of those situations. As such, I would need to have phone capabilities Besides, with a phone, I could call 911 since my three hour tour went awry to get me stuck on this technology challenged island. Who has time for being on a hand woven hammock that resides between two lush palm trees and cast a cooling shade while looking onto a view of pristine beaches with the soothing melody of gentling lapping crystal clear water anyway?
Besides what you do at work, what other interests or passions keep you going?
Oh man, I do not think I want to bore your readers. : ) I am a big SciFi guy, RTS gamer and avid reader. On the SciFi front, I am waiting for the next season of Dr. Who. I just recently learned about the Firefly series thanks to a friend. On the gaming side, I have been playing Supreme Commander for a while. I have a Nintendo Wii for which I spend hours playing Metroid, Mario Galaxy and Mario cart. The latter of which my friends and I have fun beating each other up on weekends. As far as reading, I currently have 3 books going.... Death by Black Hole (Neil deGrasse Tyson), Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) and Robot Dreams (Issac Asimov). I just finished Negotiate to Win (Jim Thomas) for which I would recommend if you want to increase your negotiating skills.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
No contest.... Star Trek. Its equivalent to the modernity of Aesop's fables in a future setting. It illuminates our ideals of a better tomorrow where we do not self destruct due to our tendencies for conflict, malice and division. Instead, we collectively grow to understand each other, uphold the categorical imperatives of equality, justice and leverage the opportunities that our diversity offers to conquer problems that limit a better future for us and our progeny.
Share YOUR predictions and ideas about the future of developerWorks, developers, and technology
IBM developerWorks is celebrating 10 years of IT leadership on September 28, 2009. It’s fun looking back, but what about forward?
What does the future holds for developers and IT professionals?
What technologies do you predict will hit it big in the next 10 years?
What do you want IBM developerWorks to do in the next decade?
Post YOUR predictions and ideas about the future of developerWorks, developers, and technology here by adding a comment!
I'm excited to unveil the first of what I hope are many interviews with members of My developerWorks. Let me know what you think about it...
This week, we're putting the spotlight on Gary Barnett. Gary is the technology analyst and CTO at the Bathwick Group and he's recently started a blog on My developerWorks. Learn more about Gary in the interview below and you can also find out more about him here: Visit his profile and add him to your colleagues -Visit his blog - Follow on Twitter
What project are you most proud of ?
I was once put in charge of a post-prod support team of 60 developers, with an 8 month backlog of work-items.
In 6 months we'd managed to reduce the backlog to 1 day for Severity ones, and two weeks for all others.
It was the toughest job I've ever had - the team I joined was demoralised, undervalued and generally unhappy but we got it done with a combination of pizza and coke, reducing the team to 20 people and returning the others to development, weekly prizes (one for the biggest effort, one for the best fix and one for the biggest screw-up) and a really really strict rule about bouncing proper bugs back to the people who'd had the temerity to put them into production in the first place...
Regarding the prizes - As it happens, HR stopped me from taping a giant inflatable banana to the monitor of the person who made the biggest screw-up in the preceding week, because they were worried I was creating a "hostile working environment" - despite the fact that I'd had it taped to my monitor more times than anyone else!
Have you ever invented something?
Not quite "invented" But I've just finished the prototype for a circuit board with an on-board microcontroller and GPS chip that can control up to 6 servos either via "autopilot" or radio-modem. A project that began when my son got a radio controlled boat for
his birthday and asked if he could turn the lights on and off and operate the crane remotely.
I often wonder how many projects begin with the words"Sure! How hard can that be?"
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use?
Not normally a gadget person, but I am a crazed iPhone addict and evangelist. There's very little in the iPhone that RIM or Nokia couldn't have done before - But Apple just out-designed them.... now the best that RIM can do is create an "imitation iPhone" (and IMHO the Storm blows when compared to the iPhone). A very important lesson in innovation - you can't do it once and then stop, you have to keep on doing it.
What are some of your favorite websites/feeds/twitter accounts to follow?
Too many to list! I have nearly 100 blogs in my RSS feeder, I follow 50 people on twitter. I do have to mention, though, James Governor's "Monkchips" (http://www.redmonk.com/jgovernor/) very smart, interesting guy who I admire a lot (Of course I don't agree with him all the time... but he's worth a read).
I'm on twitter as "thinkovation"
Who was your first service provider
In 1988 I snaffled my girlfriend's university dial-up account, then joined Compuserve.
When did you first access the internet?
1989 - Don't remember calling it "the internet" back then!
Email or text messaging?
Oh lots of both! Love texting tho.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
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This week I'm bringing you a fun interview with Ankita Nanwani, an ambitious software developer at the IBM India Software Labs.
Learn more about Ankita and invite her to your network on her My developerWorks profile.
Tell me about yourself and what you're currently working on...
Well, I will very soon be tagged a "2 year old IBMer". Just trying to carve my niche in this "Big Blue".
When I used to read about IBM in my text books related to various innovations, I always aspired to work here. I completed my graduation in Information Technology in the year 2008 and it was just 10 days later after my final semester exams, that I joined IBM India Software Labs(ISL). I started my career with IBM Tivoli Directory Server(TDS). By the time, I could actually deep dive into that legacy product, I moved to Virtual Member Manager(also known as Federated Repository) which is a component of WebSphere Application Server(WAS). So, putting my feet into a developer's shoes, I am trying to gain expertise in various Java technologies mainly J2EE.
I am also pursuing MS in Software Systems from Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani which I will completing in Dec 2011.
What's it like working in the IBM Software Lab in India?
IBM India Software Labs is,indeed, a great place to work.The aura here, created by geeks around, inspires me to excel not only in my assignments but, also to turn my vague techy ideas into working solutions That eventually helps me to groom my technical skills and also learn innumerable technologies around. You name it and you can find a peer, just next door, to guide you. So, on whole, its a "just-cannot-be-missed" opportunity to be part of this lab.
What's your favorite aspect of your work?
Well, as I am into very early years of my career in IT, my main role as a developer helps me to gain insights into "Why the architect designed this feature so?" I guess, "Why" is something which always bombards my mind and hence, I try to analyze the existing designs of my product and understand the various hidden design patterns.So, I feel, understanding the complex design and then actually turning that design into working code, is what I like the most.Because, sooner than later, I aspire to be a Product Architect.
Is there anything unique about working as a developer because you are a woman?
As we all know, IBM has been acknowledged as a world leader in its commitment to women. And I have personally experienced it. If I take work into account, I have always had an equal share with the male
colleagues. But, when it came to staying back late for work or things like that, I was always ensured safety. So, I think, I did not realize any unique thing just because I am a woman working as developer.
What was the transition like from school to work as a developer?
In school, I had counted number of hours to spend on the ideas which I had in my mind which was main the reason I always wanted to have a be as a full time developer soon.Here in IBM, I got ample amount time to work on varied technologies of my interest which fascinates me the most.
How do you use developerWorks?
For professionals like me who have just stepped into this technology world, developerWorks is a valuable knowledge repository which helps us to learn almost any technology under the sun and that too, from IBMers,who have worked extensively on them. So, most of the time I try to gain as much knowledge as I can from developerWorks but I also promise to give back to developerWorks community, once I have gained enough expertise in my area of work. I have recently started blogging on My developerWorks and will surely shoot up the number of my blogs soon.
What new products or technologies do you want to learn about next?
Well, the list is endless here and I am sure it will grow by leaps and bounds as time passes because every minute we have some new upcoming technology. But, to be specific, I want to be an expert in J2EE and web technologies. I also want to learn Web2.0, SOA and Cloud Computing.
Do you have any big dreams for your career?
I always dream of things which seem unrealistic to me because that motivates me to achieve very near to those big goals. Being in IBM, I want to increase the count of IBM Fellows by one :) I am aware that this will take years together but the journey towards it is surely going to teach me abundantly.
When you're not working, is there anything special that you enjoy doing?
I am a voracious reader, whether its technical or non-technical. I also enjoy blogging. Apart from that,I play guitar and like experimenting with varied food.
- Thanks Ankita!
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It might not surprise you that developerWorks has an active team of developers too! This week I'm turning the spotlight onto Roosevelt Bynum, who manages a team responsible for infrastructure web applications supporting developerWorks.
Tell me about yourself and what you're currently working on...
I'm the west coast development manager for developerWorks. My team is responsible for the infrastructure web applications that support developerWorks and My developerWorks.
What's your favorite aspect of your work?
I really like the ever evolving web technology and how we impact the software developers of the world.
What tips do you have for leading a team of software engineers?
I have a BS and MS in Computer Science 32 years of experience in software development experience. As a former developer myself, I suggest these tips:
1) Software Engineers are creative and use different approaches to solve problems, as a manager I believe developers are more productive if you give them the freedom to use that creativity to solve problems.
2) I believe development processes are necessary and valuable, but should be only used as a tool to enhance quality, while not inhibiting progress.
3) Since we use object technology in our development, the use of established design patterns and code reuse libraries make our software engineers more concise and productive.
4) Utilize the efficiencies of the tools in our software stack, like DB2 and WebSphere .
How do you deal with the challenges of working with a remote team?
Regular communication and building strong relationships are the key to solving the challenges of a remote team. Tools like IBM Lotus Sametime are key in the success of managing remote teams, but sometimes nothing beats a simple phone call.
What's your approach to keeping your skills current?
I'm very curious and I love technology. I read lots of articles, talk to people and sometimes I take classes.
Do you think it's more important to go broad or deep with your IT skills?
There are advantages of both. One needs a certain amount of depth to become a effective developer, while the broad skills give you flexibility to do different things.
What challenges are ahead for you in 2010?
We need to continue to drive growth in the local sites around the world. Additionally, we need to enhance our site security to prevent malicious attacks, SPAM, and denial of service.
What new ground do you think developerWorks should break next?
I think the next phase of developerWorks growth is an interactive community experience which makes our site security most important.
How do you use developerWorks?
I mostly use developerWorks to test and validate our new applications and I read blogs and articles. I plan to start my own blog as well.
Can you share something about yourself that most people don't know about you?
I am #2 of six kids and I have 5 sisters.
- Thanks Roosevelt!
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I don't get to travel as much as I want to, so I enjoy the opportunity to meet someone from another part of the world and see what life's like in their corner of the globe. This week my interview with Andres Hojman gives a glimpse into the life of this infrastructure analyst, java and Web 2.0 enthusiast and student from Cordoba, Argentina.
Learn more about Andres in the interview below and visit his profile on My developerWorks to ask him to be your colleague.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what you're currently working on?
My name is Andres Javier Hojman, I'm 23 years old, I live in Cordoba city, which is located in Argentina , I'm studying Systems Engineering at "Universidad Tecnologica Nacional". On the professional side of my life, I'm spending my days working as an "Infrastructure Analyst", at the software center that EDS (an HP company ;-) has in my city (about 850 employees working here).
How did you get started in the IT industry?
Since we have several big globally-known IT companies (Intel, Motorola, EDS, Indra, Globant, IBM, etc.. ) locating their software centers or service offices in our city, it's been quite easy to quickly find a position to start my career due to the day-by-day increasing need to fill different positions. I took my first career steps when I decided to join Motorola as a " Software Engineer ". After that, I had the opportunity to jump to my current employer; so I can say that I'm focused on my career growing and improvement in the IT field.
What's a typical day like for you working on UNIX Security administration?
Our "routine" consists mainly of delivering "Access Management" services, meaning that we take requests for access or permissions (creating or modifying existing user accounts), on different servers or systems, based on several platforms (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Linux or Windows) ,from our customer's users (..my team work scope is the US EAST coast, meaning that most of the requesters are located there). I think that the best part of my job, is the chance to do my work following a "objective based" routine, meaning that I can control how many things I have to do daily and the way I do them, allowing me to use my time freely when I'm at the office. Also, I have the chance to do some "work@home" time, saving me traffic delays on the freeway road to the office, and I can attend university classes when I need to.
What kind of IBM Telelogic DOORS projects have you worked on?
When I was at Motorola, I was part of a team that supported and managed DOORS along with its databases and servers, and also a feature of it called RMSE . The company used DOORS to keep control of every requisite document (functional or non-functional) that they had for every product project located on America or EMEA regions. I was in charge of the user management side, and we performed several test case phase activities, making sure it was functioning properly, before any version release or change could be applied on the running DOORS environment.
How do you use developerWorks?
Actually, I'm using the site like a tool to be in touch with another Java developers, or people with the same interests that I have. Besides that, I really enjoy joining groups or participating in different forums, in order to learn more about different technologies or ways to work, because I have the upcoming idea to start being a freelancer at some point of my career. I guess that this site can help me on that.
What publications / websites do you read / visit?
I like to visit any kind of technological web pages or blogs(.. speaking of programming languages, X-Box 360 games, social media, design, freelance, etc..) , also I like to be aware of upcoming releases of products, or read their reviews before buying them.
I consider myself a " web 2.0 enthusiast "; since I like any kind of web page that can make my browsing experience more complete. Most of my entire bookmark collection is tagged online on delicious.com; and a few interesting tagged web pages I'd to share are the ones under these four categories:
How are you using social networking today?
I'm handling social networking in three main ways..
First of all, I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends, family, ex classmates, coworkers, or just to know new people from my city.
Second, I like to use LinkedIn to be connected with my company colleagues, or just to make business contacts for the future.
And three, I'm using these days a new tool called Popego.com, which is like a " social portal " that takes your likes and dislikes around different web pages or web services, and it automatically builds site recommendations based on the information you've dropped.
Also, I enjoy GrooveShark.com to listen to music on-demand while I'm online, and also I can recommend songs or play list to my friends, as well as learn about new artists.
What gadget, which you currently own, can you not live without?
I think I can not be without my cell phone (..like everybody I guess :-P), and it's getting more addictive, since they are coming out with new features every day (..GPS, Wi-Fi connection, great graphics engines for games, music player..)
What future technology would make your life easier?
I guess that the idea of "technological integration" will be the next step ahead to develop, meaning, smarter devices which will allow you to interact freely with another tech devices around your house or office, simplifying your daily routine, and keeping you focused on what's important, saving time to carry a lot of things with you, and avoiding to miss important appointments.
I'm also thinking about the growth of the Wireless protocols or services (WiMAX for example), that will allow you to be connected from any place.
I don't want to leave out the "Cloud Computing" idea, which is becoming more famous (..and efficient) every day.
In your spare time, what hobbies or activities interest you?
Actually, I'm currently defining my academic objectives (reach my MCSA certification and finish my grade and CCNA studies as well), so, that's keeping me busy. And of course, I like to spend my free time surrounded by friends (going to parties, playing video games or poker matches - it's incredible the money you can win from your friends :-P -, and also, I really enjoy going to the cinema, listening to punk rock music, swimming, the gym, etc.
- Thanks Andres!
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So it's time to get back to my "Personality on the job" series of blog posts. I'm afraid I've gotten stuck on this particular one, since it is more challenging for me. Why? well...
Are you a feeler or a thinker? Just writing that sentence feels too black and white, too pigeon-holing. To label someone as a "thinker" or a "feeler" seems to imply that thinkers don't feel and feelers don't think. So before I even look at this from a Myers-Briggs perspective, just know that's not the case! We all think. We all feel. And I'll say it again, these personality elements are not either/or - it's a continuum. Before I dive in, I have to give this caveat: I'm a feeler. So some of this comes from my POV, naturally!
What about you? Are you a feeler or a thinker?
You might be a feeler if...
You might be a thinker if...
Now, what about the people you work with? Are they feelers or thinkers? Signs to look for:
Feelers may come across as warm and touchy-feely - they're not afraid to dole out hugs. Feelers may spend alot of time on how to present things to people or how to deal with a situation to assuage other's feelings. It's not that they don't want to do the right thing - they just want to do it in a way that makes people feel good. Feelers are often concerned with dealing with other's feelings and not upsetting the apple cart. They don't just look at the facts, they look at the human dynamics.
Thinkers focus on facts, logic, what's "right". Thinkers may not be as apt to talk about what they did that weekend and like to get down to business. They want to do what's right and don't generally worry about how it will make anyone feel. They speak their mind and often seem to be very confident of their position - after all, it's the only "logical" conclusion.
Now, once you understand where you fit and more about the people you're working with, how can you work better together?
Working with feelers:
Be patient with them. When you're in a meeting understand that social niceties must be exchanged before starting work. Think about your tone when communicating with them - even if you know you are right, try not to be intimidating or harsh. Speak their language, think about things from their perspective and you'll find you get things done more quickly because there is no distraction of ruffled feathers. Know that they will spend energy on how to present something, how to communicate something, and how to work with all the different players of the team to get something done - even if you view this as a waste of time, expect it and be patient with it. Don't forget to publicly acknowledge and thank feelers - this builds the kind of feel good culture they crave. A feeler may have a warm, casual, perhaps too friendly persona - don't take it personally or assume they're not serious about their job.
Working with thinkers:
Use facts, data, and logic to make your case with thinkers. Only after you've won them over to your way of thinking, can you talk about the best way to accomplish something with the people involved. Focus on why something needs to be done and what needs to be done - "feel good fluff" and "team spirit" may seem like filler to a thinker. Give thinkers room and time to analyze. Don't ask them to guesstimate. When you're working on a project, let them consider things and come up with a rational answer - they want to decide based on facts and reason and not their gut. A thinker may have a somewhat cool, distant persona - if you're a feeler, don't take it personally or assume it means anything about the way they feel about you. Realize it may take a little bit longer to get to know a thinker on a personal level.
My personal experiences...
I'm a strong feeler, but hey, I think too! I believe feelers and thinkers can form wonderful partnerships at work if they learn to play off each others strengths. If feelers can put their "feelings" aside to listen to facts and logic provided by thinkers, together, they can build an air tight case. Then, feelers can help package and sell the story with their intuitive understanding of interpersonal dynamics and office politics.
As a feeler, I'm still learning to push past my natural weaknesses. Sometimes I force myself to ask for things and say things, even when it's uncomfortable, even when it might cause stress, because it's the best thing for the business. I'm also trying to develop a thicker skin when I'm dealing with someone that might seem a little gruff and realize that it's probably not because they don't like me personally - they're also just trying to do what's best for the business. All in all, examining and understanding myself in this area has done nothing but help me out!
What about you? Are you a thinker or feeler? How does it affect your style at work?
This week I'm highlighting a new member of My developerWorks, Suma Shastry. Suma has authored several articles on developerWorks related to DB2 and she's been an enthusiastic presence in My developerWorks with her new blog.
Learn more about Suma in the interview below and you can also find out more about her on her Profile and her Blog.
Articles authored by Suma Shastry:
IBM DB2 Content Manager security model essentials
How to go hand-in-hand with DB2 and Informix
DB2 performance tuning using the DB2 Configuration Advisor
What was your first job?
I joined IBM right after my graduation. I had to design DB2 Database tables and write stored procedures for an internal project.
Describe your favorite IT project.
First one was test automation of DB2 Control Center testing. During this project, I got a chance to lead a team and hence learning all the leading activities including scheduling tracking was fun. 2nd favorite project was IDM 4.0.2 release work. Knowledge transition was still going on, when we were asked if we could take up the challenge of releasing the product before the transition end date! We took the challenge and we did release the product successfully.
Describe a normal day for you.
For the past 6 months I have been working out of home. It's kind of difficult to spell out a "Normal Day" for a working mother with 2 kids:-). Every day is different. I am mainly occupied with the following but not limited to - cooking food, getting my first daughter ready for school, testing the product, planning for future releases of product, reviews of plans or test cases, taking care of my 9 month old daughter, couple of meetings, lots of sametime chat with team mates, catching up my friends and recently exploring My developerWorks which has kind of become an addiction :-)
How do you use developerWorks?
Since I have been part of projects which used IBM products, I've been associated with developerWorks (dW) for very long now. Be it articles, redbooks or downloading fix packs for the products that we use, dW is the place that I visit most often.
What's your experience with social networking so far?
I haven't been using social networking sites until last year I guess. Its been good so far. I mainly use FaceBook on the personal front to catch up with friends and now My developerWorks to catch up with technical stuff.
The coolest thing about social networking is...
I can be in touch with as many people as possible sitting in one place. It's like a get together party where every one can pour in at one place, rather me having to go and visit one by one.
The biggest problem with social networking is...
Spam friend requests and at times the public image that you may carry.
What publications or websites do you read often?
Mostly, developerWorks. At times, I Google to get what I am looking for and read the resulted web pages.
What's the coolest piece of tech news you've heard lately?
My developerWorks launch
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I’m still a little green when it comes to social media. I’m still learning and I’d be crazy to call myself an expert. But isn’t that what makes it fun? While I haven’t been writing one myself, I’ve been an avid reader of blogs for several years. I have an RSS reader full of ‘em. And I’m completely amazed at the number of people blogging, the wide range of topics, and the vast difference in quality. When I find a blog I love, it’s like finding gold. But mining for gold, can be tedious. Not that I know about gold mining personally, but those little tourist operations where people pan for gold in a stream have always looked kinda fun. It can be fun on the web too--spending hours browsing, jumping from link to link, seeing what’s out there. But sometimes I need something specific and I need it fast, and it’s annoying not to be able to find it. 1) Use “Find people” on the My developerWorks Connect page. 2) Search Profiles in My developerWorks Go to Profiles. Click on Advanced Search and then you can look by city, country, name and keyword. This is good to use if you're looking for someone in your area. 3) Look for people with similar interests in Groups 4) Get to know your local, friendly blogger! 5) Take a peek over your neighbor's fence at their bookmarks Oh, one last thing… Now that you've found someone, how do you make contact with them on My developerWorks? On their profile page, or from their virtual business card request to add them as a colleague. Once they’ve accepted your colleague invitation, it’s easy. Just go to their profile page and how you’ll see “Message this colleague” available as an option. Click on that link, type in your message and it will reach their email inbox.
But mining for gold, can be tedious. Not that I know about gold mining personally, but those little tourist operations where people pan for gold in a stream have always looked kinda fun. It can be fun on the web too--spending hours browsing, jumping from link to link, seeing what’s out there. But sometimes I need something specific and I need it fast, and it’s annoying not to be able to find it.
1) Use “Find people” on the My developerWorks Connect page.
2) Search Profiles in My developerWorks
Go to Profiles. Click on Advanced Search and then you can look by city, country, name and keyword. This is good to use if you're looking for someone in your area.
3) Look for people with similar interests in Groups
4) Get to know your local, friendly blogger!
5) Take a peek over your neighbor's fence at their bookmarks
Oh, one last thing… Now that you've found someone, how do you make contact with them on My developerWorks? On their profile page, or from their virtual business card request to add them as a colleague. Once they’ve accepted your colleague invitation, it’s easy. Just go to their profile page and how you’ll see “Message this colleague” available as an option. Click on that link, type in your message and it will reach their email inbox.
On their profile page, or from their virtual business card request to add them as a colleague. Once they’ve accepted your colleague invitation, it’s easy. Just go to their profile page and how you’ll see “Message this colleague” available as an option. Click on that link, type in your message and it will reach their email inbox.