This week the developer publication SD Times has come out with their latest "SD Times 100" -- a list of "movers and shakers," those few that "demonstrated the greatest amount of leadership." It honors the "organizations, individuals or movements that were talked about, those that created not only great technology but also great buzz." I'm happy to report that IBM developerWorks was named as one of only ten "influencers" and credited with embracing the developer community and raising the bar for everyone else.
More broadly, IBM also was honored in nearly all categories. To wit:
- In Modeling, SD Times declared Rational "the yardstick everyone measures against. 'Atlantic' tied Rational's modeling tools to Eclipse 3.0 and to the rest of the IBM tool chain. Rose (now Rose XDE) remains the de facto standard modeler."
- Tools and Environments: "Agile delivery, big-picture plans drive Big Blue across the Atlantic."
- Embedded and Mobile: "Striding briskly into embedded technologies as it evolves ChipOS."
- Database and Data Access: "Open-source Cloudscape raised bar for Java, app-specific databases."
- Deployment Platforms: "Can't argue with market clout: WebSphere keeps gaining strength
- Test and Performance: "Everyone's tools compete with Rational or support Rational. Or both."
- Collaboration and SCM: "Rational tool set and WSAD form formidable collab environment."
- Influencers: "developerWorks embraced developers, raised bar for everyone else."
Also, Eclipse was named among the top "Tools & Environments": "The newly independent Eclipse community became all the rage with the heady market buzz and third-party momentum for tools and plug-ins. A board packed with competitors makes a level playing field." (It was also nice to see not only dW, but also "The Bazaar" (with a nod to Eric Raymond), the Eclipse Foundation, and the World Wide Web Consortium all recognized as top influencers.
Meanwhile, IBM developerWorks also was recognized in this year's "Software Development Jolt and Productivity Awards." The judges named dW one of the industry's top four "Websites and Developer Networks." (Other winners in this category are the O'Reilly Network, developer.* and Java.net.) Here's what one judge had to say about dW:
"DeveloperWorks has been one of my favorite technical sites for years. Big Blue understands the needs of developers very wellnot only does it offer information regarding its products and services, it posts great "how-to" technical articles on a vast array of topics, including how to write better Java, how to be effective with UML 2, how to create better data models, and how to administer Linux successfully. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. ... Even if you don't work in an IBM shop, you'll find developerWorks a valuable resource."
Between these awards and the flurry of good news on the open standards front of late (the IBM moves to acquire GlueCode Software, formally support FireFox for use by IBMers, and formally encourage, not just allow, IBMers to blog), I'd say it's been a good month already -- and I haven't even gotten to Vegas yet!
Hope to see many of you next week as I blog from rationalconf2005 (aka the Rational Software Developer Conference, aka RSDC). And I will hardly be the sole conference blogger...