developerWorks celebrates its fifth birthday
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Happy Birthday, developerWorks!
This week, IBM developerWorks officially turns five years old. For me at least (and many others, particularly veterans on the developerWorks staff), it's hard to believe that it was five years ago that developerWorks formally launched, with an initial focus primarily on technologies such as Java, XML, Linux, and Web architecture.
Now, the site runs much broader and deeper than it did five years ago, having undergone tremendous growth. (See "The developerWorks model" for details about this journey.) The many people on this expanded developerWorks team have worked together to integrate several new technology areas (including Autonomic computing, Grid computing, SOA and Web services, and Wireless) and a variety of Web-based resources for developing with IBM products (DB2, eServer, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere) into the developerWorks site, thereby making the user experience richer than ever. Further complementing the developer technology and product resources is the tightly integrated alphaWorks collection for innovators and early adopters. Developers can also find information on topics such as migration to open standards, sample IT projects and scenarios, On Demand Business, and the IBM Software Development Platform.
The upshot: You'll now find a much broader array of resources within each content area than you did five years ago, ranging from standard how-to articles to comprehensive tutorials, discussion forums, tips, newsletters, downloads, online Webcasts and events, RSS feeds, and more (including blogs like this from the likes of Grady Booch, Bob Sutor, Doug Tidwell, and others). The site has published thousands of articles over the past five years, as well as more than 500 in-depth tutorials. And along the way, developerWorks has won quite a few awards, including two Jolt Product Excellence Awards (and -- just in time for our birthday! -- developerWorks last week was honored as the "Best Developers' News Source" and "Best Technical Support" provider in Software Development Magazines's annual Readers' Choice Awards.)
The editors for each content area ensure their material is focused on meeting the wants and needs of developers and related technical professionals, striving to help the millions of developerWorks visitors solve problems, do their jobs, and more easily do business with IBM. If you're accustomed to relying on developerWorks for general-purpose content, don't let the added sections focused on IBM products mislead you: developerWorks maintains an ever-growing collection of resources dedicated to fundamental technologies that exist independent of commercial products. And today on developerWorks, you'll find more material than ever dedicated to standards technologies. At the same time, for those of you who are using IBM products, the various brand-specific areas of the site now offer a rich collection of resources specific to the products independent software vendors and other IBM customers use.
More of everything
You might glean from this description of the developerWorks program that its staff is highly dedicated to user satisfaction -- and you'd be right. Occasionally, developerWorks receives feedback from visitors who are under the impression that, as a consequence of our massive growth, developerWorks has reduced the amount of general-interest, tech-focused materials. Not so! In fact, the volume of technology content has increased, and is complemented by the product-specific resources our customers have requested. The site has been redesigned a few times over the past five years as a result of our commitment to user-centered design, giving you more navigation choices through the growing number of content areas. But be assured that our commitment to serving up leading-edge technology resources is stronger than ever. Again, developerWorks has substantially increased its technology content production while simultaneously adding and enriching the product-specific resources that customers have requested. (For more details, read about the growth of developerWorks over its first five years.)
As developerWorks enters its sixth year, you can count on me to encourage developerWorks' growth and evolution, keeping in sync with the evolving community of developers and technical professionals and their wants and needs. And I encourage your ongoing input. Please don't hesitate to tell us what we're doing right, what could be improved, and how we're helping you with your projects and your career.
developerWorks' present to you
In the meantime, turning the tables on birthday traditions, developerWorks has a present for you: a new Power Architecture zone, which we've launched this week! POWER and PowerPC processors are the brains behind everything from servers and cell phones to routers, game consoles, and supercomputers. Power Architecture technology is supported by a large number of companies, including the original members of the AIM alliance (Apple, IBM, and Motorola), and is an open architecture, (and has been since it was first released nearly ten years ago). This new developerWorks section on Power Architecture technology will cover everything from chip and device design to embedded systems and device drivers. It will focus on Power Architecture open standards-based hardware components and interfaces, and even free and open source SoC and ASIC design and verification tools.
Be sure to check out our latest addition -- as well as favorites such as Java technology and Linux.
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