Teaching Kids to Code
If you have not yet seen the new and improved dW blogs directory page, check it out. It shows more info in less space and adds a "Most recent entries" listing to show the latest entries from dW bloggers.
Also of particular note is the launch of new developerWorks column by "XML Bible" author Elliotte Rusty Harold, which the dW XML content team unveiled Monday. I expect many readers will appreciate Harold's insights on Managing XML Data.[Read More]
As I prepare to head to Las Vegas for IBM's biggest developer conference of the year (rationalconf2005), I feel I, along with my colleagues at developerWorks and throughout IBM, can stand a bit taller this month.
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:
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...[Read More]
It's always nice to see hard work recognized. Thus I'm happy to report that last week dW received a trophy from Software Development magazine, honoring IBM developerWorks for providing the industry's "Best Technical Support."
This marks our second consecutive Readers' Choice Award from SD, a leading industry magazine. Unlike some other reader awards, this one employs measures to prevent ballot-stuffing: "Voting is controlled by sending an invitation to Software Development readers containing a personal identification number ensuring that votes made using a duplicate PIN can be removed; all suspect votes were eliminated from the data pool."
SD readers also chose IBM as a finalist for "Best Employer (Overall)," and IBM Rational Application Developer as a finalist (and Linux as the winner) for "Most Robust Tool." Eclipse was a finalist for "Best GUI (Overall)." For details, see the press release from CMP Media's SD magazine.
This is the latest of a series of recent industry awards bestowed upon dW. My thanks goes out to the dedicated developerWorks team for making these awards possible -- and to all of the developers and technical professionals who use developerWorks for your words of encouragement and ongoing feedback. Whether industry awards or individual reader comments, we greatly value your input. And we're particularly motiviated when you share tidbits such as this recent reader comment: "This was wonderfully helpful. If I had not found it, I would have been completely in the dark."
Please do share your praise, as well as your criticism. Let us know how we can best continue to shed light on key technical topics.[Read More]
Want to enrich your Web site with more useful technical content and resources? developerWorks wants to help.
By simply copying and pasting a few lines of HTML code (customized based on your preferences) you can instantly add the latest and greatest dW info to your site. It's easy to do. Just go to our Build your own feeds page, select the topics and types of content you want in your feed. We then generate the HTML code for you to grab and paste into your Web site, so you can include a live dW feed containing our latest content and resources on whatever topics you select. That's all there is to it!
For a more detailed explanation, check out our latest on demand demo, presented by Doug Tidwell, which will walk you through the simple process step by step.
I just built a custom feed with this brand new feature myself. I selected technology topics that particularly relate to open standards and cross-platform development, and I chose two content types, articles and tutorials. I got a feed that displayed ten recent articles and tutorials, nicely formatted. Give it a try yourself!
Don't want HTML? Get Atom & RSS format
If you want to incorporate our content into your own personal news reader, you can also create custom feeds in RSS and Atom formats at the same Build your own feeds page on developerWorks.[Read More]
Here's a good example of the benefit of open, standards-based environments -- which in this case make it quick and easy to both develop and adopt an enhancement to an existing application:
Want to have easy access to developerWorks? You can now add our new search plugin to your Firefox browser (thanks to our own Peter Yim). Simply go to a developerWorks search results page such as this, and you'll see the following at the top of the page:
Add dW search plug-in to Firefox
We just launched a new weekly podcast that discusses the latest content on developerWorks. "This Week on developerWorks" is co-hosted by yours truly and Podcast Editor Scott Laningham, and will include dW editors, authors, and other guests.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions. We're also looking into adding a "question of the week." So if you have any questions for us to consider, please post 'em here as comments.[Read More]
developerWorks just launched a brand new zone dedicated to AIX and UNIX. This new zone focuses on system administration, performance, and problem solving for UNIX and AIX, and will also address migration and porting issues. A recent featured article addresses performance tuning of UNIX systems. This week's feature article helps you "make UNIX work with Windows XP and Mac OS X," and another new article shows you how UNIX and Linux can work together, sharing core databases and file systems. And there's much more already available -- and more to come.
If you haven't yet checked out developerWorks podcasts, perhaps our new "developerWorks Interviews" series will make you reconsider. Scott Laningham and I kick off the dW interviews series by talking with Grady Booch, who discusses, among other things, innovation and evolution in IT and the challenges and opportunities facing developers today, such as balancing the flood of new technology without rejecting the fundamentals. I think you'll find it worth a listen. (And for those who prefer the written word, we offer transcripts as well as the audio.)[Read More]
Last week at the 17th Annual Jolt Product Excellence Awards (dubbed "the Oscars of our industry") ceremony at the SD West conference in Silicon Valley, IBM developerWorks received what many agree is the software development industry’s highest honor for a product or resource: The Jolt Hall of Fame award. Here are a couple of trophy photos (courtesy dW open source editor Mark Cappel):
The “Hall of Fame inductees are consistent winners, whose high quality has been proven and maintained over time,” the Jolt awards site notes. Only one inductee is recognized with this award each year. This year the judges unanimously selected developerWorks, specifically praising our rich collection of quality how-to articles and tutorials.
Jolt awards ceremony host Craig Newmark (of Craigslist) introduced the award:
The Hall of Fame always generates lively discussion amongst the judges ... but this year, there was a quiet consensus. It was pretty unanimous that it was time to induct this giant into the JOLT Hall of Fame. This year’s winner is a treasure trove of IT-related topics and technologies and often has better technical articles than commercial publications and in many instances, is one of the few places anything is available. This year’s inductee is: IBM developerWorks.
I was thrilled to be at the awards ceremony in person to receive the award. (Don't let the serious expression fool you.)
In my brief moment on stage, I thanked the judges and thanked CMP Technology (which runs SD West, a.k.a. the "Software Development West 2007 Conference and Expo," and publishes Dr. Dobb's Journal). I then congratulated the editors and broader team at developerWorks who all play key roles in our success, and the many authors -- both inside and outside IBM -- who share their technical expertise in our thousands of how-to articles and tutorials.
I also thanked the leadership at IBM for embracing and supporting what is an unorthodox vision and strategy for a vendor site, one that I’ve championed since coming from JavaWorld at IDG in 1999 to become founding editor-in-chief of developerWorks: Prioritize the wants and needs of the developers. That is, focus not simply on company messages, or promotion of company products, but more broadly on any information and resources that are critical to developers.
Looking back, I’m impressed by how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown in the last seven or so years. In 1999 we had about a half dozen zones (sections of the site that in many ways each resemble a stand-alone online magazine). The press release announcing developerWorks and the related article about dW's launch that appeared in CNN describe our focus on providing “product- and platform-independent information” and our “rich blend of tools, code, tips, news, tutorials, and how-to articles, all based on cross-platform technologies and strategies.” Those statements, as well as our open, cross-platform, standards-based focus, remain true today –- but we’ve expanded considerably.
We now host three times as many zones, covering a wide array of open technologies as well as IBM products. We now offer four region-specific, localized sites (dW China, dW Japan, dW Korea, dW Russia), in addition to our global site based in the U.S. We offer an ever-growing array of community-driven resources, greatly expanding our discussion forums and adding more resources, including blogs, podcasts, and our recently announced community-oriented developerWorks exchange. (dW will offer more on the community/Web 2.0 front in the coming weeks, too. Stay tuned.) And dW is not an online-only entity; we offer a rich set of tech briefings as well as other events and offline resources. The result: In our short history, developerWorks has grown into a community of (at last count) 5.7 million registered developers.
The bottom line: This simple strategy we embraced in 1999 has worked amazingly well and resonated with developers -- including many who, at least at first, did not (or as my bosses may say, "did not yet") have interest in IBM products or services. I thank then-director Gina Poole and manager Dirk Nicol for believing in and strongly supporting this enlightened vision, and the continued support from our current management, including Scott Bosworth and Kathy Mandelstein, as well as the continued support of our stakeholders and executives throughout IBM, including Steve Mills and Sam Palmisano. As evidenced by this Hall of Fame honor, the strategy continues to serve us well.
Equally important is the talented staff at developerWorks. Without their dedication and hard work, even the best strategy would fail. Kudos to each and every member of the dW team for your contributions to our success. This award honors you.
And most importantly, I thank the developer community that has come to rely on developerWorks as a trusted resource, and whose members (I hope) occasionally tell their colleagues about the great stuff we offer. We exist to serve you. And we encourage you to participate: Post to our discussion forums. Read and comment on our blogs and articles. Rate our content. Subscribe to our newsletters. Use our Atom and RSS feeds. Download our trial software and technologies. Use the many services and alpha technologies offered by our sister site, alphaWorks. Attend our tech briefings. Suggest content ideas or articles (including content you may write) to the dW editors. Or, if you like, just add your comments here.
In any case, thanks for your continued participation in the developerWorks community. We hope the next seven years are as rewarding as the last seven, and hope you'll join us on the journey forward.
Congrats to Grady and Scott!
Two frequent developerWorks authors (but not IBM employees) also were among the co-authors of the technical book that won the Jolt Product Excellence award. Congratulations to dW contributors Brett McLaughlin and Gary Pollice, who (along with David West) co-wrote the winning title, Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design. And congrats to all of the Jolt winners.
Update, 3 Apr 2007: Today Scott Laningham, dW podcasts host and editor, led a lively discussion about the history and significance of the Jolt awards with Rosalyn Lum, who manages the Jolt awards; Larry O'Brien, veteran Jolt awards judge who helped launch the awards in 1990; and myself. Listen to the chat -- or read the transcript -- for more insight and perspective on the awards. (You can also read about the very first Jolt awards.)[Read More]
This week developerWorks employed a new, interactive "mouseover" design treatment on the developerWorks home page. This enhancement displays the descriptions of each week's featured content when you point your mouse at a title (rather than showing all descriptions simultaneously).
Give it a try, and share your feedback.
Update 1 (1:20 p.m. EST): Seems a bit of a performance issue with the script on our server so for now we may back out this update. Stay tuned.
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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."
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Yesterday, on the heels of the big Forrester Groundswell 2010 award announced last month, developerWorks won another social media award: We were named "best in class" for community development in the AMI-Partners Small and Medium Business Social Media Marketing Awards.
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These recent social media awards reflect how developerWorks has effectively grown and evolved over our 11-year history to incorporate new technologies and tools so that we can best serve your evolving wants and needs. Whether you're new to developerWorks or a longtime visitor, I encourage all developers and IT professionals who haven't already done so to join and participate in the developerWorks community to tap our rich set forums, blogs, wikis, groups, and more -- and see firsthand why we won the two recent social media awards, as well the many other awards detailed in our virtual trophy case.
Today developerWorks unveils an update to our design. Key features include a simplified site navigation, via a new masthead and footer on nearly every developerWorks page as well as a much improved search engine -- so that you'll now more easily find all developerWorks materials, including our community materials as well as our professionally developed, award-winning how-to articles and tutorials. While the masthead and footer stand out as most visible change, the update is much richer, and based on substantial user research.
Now you can also:
You'll also see many improvements to some of your favorite developerWorks destinations, such as a simplified developerWorks home page and updates to developerWorks Events, Evaluation software, and Community main pages. We've updated the information in About developerWorks, New to Community, Feeds and syndication and more, and even added a brand new Technical topics landing page to get more info on the IBM product families, IBM solutions and open standards we cover on developerWorks.
With this design, developerWorks also becomes among the first sites within IBM to incorporate elements of the new ibm.com design that marks the company's Centennial anniversary. (To learn more about IBM's 100-year history, see the related IBM Centennial Press kit and the IBM100 site.)
Take a moment to explore our updated web site design -- and please share your feedback via a comment below.
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SunBay won based on its multifaceted use of developerWorks to improve collaboration with 30 people across IBM Switzerland and IBM France, keeping everyone in the loop to streamline Service Provider Delivery Environment (SPDE) Framework validation. SunBay tapped the broad array of community social features in dW, including message boards, activities, blogs, files, bookmarks, and the iPhone app to support their business. The results included not only being quickly verified as meeting the IBM SPDE Framework requirements, but also a strong pipeline of joint IBM-SunBay customers.
CohesiveFT used the developerWorks publishing system, working with our professional editorial team to craft a relevant how-to article about cloud computing, entitled "Deliver cloud network control to the user: See how using a virtual network can put the customer in control of cloud networking". The article led to multiple sales leads (and reduced pre-sale inquiries and sales lead time) and several speaking engagements. CohesiveFT also employed a private developerWorks group to help create multiple sales leads as well as enhance collaboration between development and product management teams.
IBM partners -- and all IT businesses and individuals -- can benefit from developerWorks and our community by using our social business tools to better communicate and collaborate, privately as well as publicly. We offer not only a rich collection of how-to articles and tutorials, not only answers to your questions and input from experts via our blogs and discussion forums. Our broad set of community features let you create, communicate, collaborate, innovate -- in short, developerWorks community features are ready to help you embrace social business -- and thus help individuals, groups and partners alike drive business results.