Big Brains....the title got my attention. Then the subtitle drew me in : IBM's lawyers retooled the company for an open source-based future.
But this line hooked me: And behind all this success- every invention, each major sale, and most of the risks and rewards—stand IBM lawyers. So it wasn't the developers?
But perhaps the one thing IBM lawyers do best—to no one’s surprise—is to use technology in innovative ways. And who makes that technology? developers...so I guess it really is circular.
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FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession source smarter_planet open linux lawyers 1 Comment 1,430 Visits
CakePHP is a stable production-ready, rapid-development aid for building Web sites in PHP. This "Cook up Web sites fast with CakePHP" series shows you how to build an online product catalog using CakePHP. Part 1 focuses on getting CakePHP up and running, and the basics of how to put together a simple application allowing users to register for an account and log in to the application.
How could that not get your attention especially when you are hungry.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  it smarter_planet rational source android scala java optim linux eclipse open confession green 1 Comment 2,073 Visits
"On Spaceship Earth there are no passengers; everybody is a member of the crew. We have moved into an age in which everybody's activities affect everybody else." -Marshall McLuhan
Now that describes how each of us has an impact and can help make our world and work smarter and greener. developerWorks offers a plethora of resources to help techies gain skill and knowledge about technologies that, when used for the greater good, transform how we work, play, exchange information,manage and operate.
Techies really are the leaders today in changing how we all work and survive. Yes, bold statements...but why not? So what's available on developerWorks (and My developerWorks):
My developerWorks: search on the tags: green, smarter_planet, energy (to name a few) ... share and tag your bookmarks too.
developerWorks: where to start? easy - The GReen IT Report . The GReen IT Report (also called the GRIT Report - oh no...a FLA (see previous blog post)) is an aggregator of content, code and collaboration ideas. Recent additions include a number of no-charge trial downloads of Tivoli, Rational and Optim software as well as articles : Going Green and staying secure to Creating mobile apps with Scala, Android or Eclipse to Building virtual appliances with Open Virtualization to Solar powered networks for anyone: think Linux.
While visiting the GReen IT Report., do check out the People and Idea tab.......my fan favorite is the water based glasses under Earth Insights.
Want to expand your horizons: The GReen IT Report: Japan and Smarter Planet for developers, IT Professionals and students: Japan
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  blogs programming software applications open confession innovation source testers talent developerworks 2 Comments 2,251 Visits
What a great article: Bad attitudes cane lead to good innovationMy favorite lines from the article :
Look at the blogs on My developerWorks.....see any rebels?
The best ideas are the simplest is this rebellious ?
Are you a rebel?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  learning open source java xml student confession education 1,889 Visits
I hope to always keep learning. Learning is an on-going experience as is teaching and sharing. Once you learn...time to share. developerWorks does a FANTASTIC job of sharing information and it isn't just to techie professionals. There is a plethora of information for the pre-professionals aka "real" students.
Perhaps you are a student or you know one...if so do check out and/or share:
IBM Student Portal: Connect with experts, build skills, and discover the resources you need to find a job and succeed!
Learning Resources – Explore leading edge technologies with introductory offerings especially for students
Certification - Find out what IBM offers in preparation and discounts
Community - Ask questions and get answers from technical experts, connect with others in forums, blogs and groups
Jobs & Fellowships - Get your job search started, including tips on interviewing, resume writing, and more
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  php zend smarter green planet ajax open software confession technology it db2 7 Comments 3,826 Visits
Well, I want one that is smart...but what does that really mean? How can the "Earth" be smart or smarter? The planet is full of people...and lots of them... and lots of them are smart or want to be smart. People ...it just takes people....we are the change agents.... as we are the ones that can spur innovation. ...and that is you and me.
We, the people, are the ones that can make a difference. But how? I know I can use (or not use) devices and tools that change the impact I have on the planet. But is that what smarter really is? Yes ...and no. I have the chance to do more.
Technology is key. First though, I need some skills...and that is where developerWorks just SHINES. I have found so many valuable resources on developerWorks - from forums, to free code trials, to tutorials and training, to great technical articles, to My developerWorks blogs and bookmarks. From Ajax to Zend Core, developerWorks is the a great source for technical skill-building resource.
When I take it to the simplest level, Smarter Planet is about making this world a better place to live. So my learning new skills, applying them for the greater good and sharing what I know is one element of Smarter Planet.......and who doesn't want to make this world a better place?
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  intel open source green linux google technology microsoft it confession ibm brand 3 Comments 1,886 Visits
The results are in for 2009:
The world's top 10 most valuable brands:
1. Coca-Cola, up 3 percent to $68.73 billion
2. IBM, up 2 percent to $60.21 billion
3. Microsoft, down 4 percent to $56.65 billion
4. GE, down 10 percent to $47.78 billion 5
5. Nokia, down 3 percent to $34.87 billion
6. McDonald's, up 4 percent to $32.28 billion
7. Google, up 25 percent to $31.98 billion
8. Toyota, down 8 percent to $31.33 billion
9. Intel, down 2 percent to $30.64 billion
10. Disney, down 3 percent to $28.45 billion
All makes sense to me...on a given day I could be drinking a Coke(1) Zero, reading about Linux efficiency on IBM(2) developerWorks while on my Microsoft (3) system with an Intel (9) processor under a GE(4) lightbulb with my Nokia(5) phone on the desk thinking about if I want to go to McDonald's(6) for lunch so I search Google (7) for directions, grab my Disney(10) Goofy keychain and head out passing lots of Toyota (8) cars on the road.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  software confession source eclipse java designer notes free open domino lotus 1,754 Visits
Granted nothing in life it "truly" free.....but close enough. Now available on developerWorks...the fully loaded code...not the trial code....check it out at IBM Lotus Domino Designer code ....all you have to do is give a little information as you normally do on a download and the code is yours....hence the not "truly" free. Shall we call it no-charge, readily available, no monetary excchange or just call it GREAT!!.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  wiretap network confession security open source web websphere technology 1 Comment 1,519 Visits
Perfect timing, today is the anniversary of the first computer network wiretap with the quote that if “If we aren’t vigilant, cybercrime will turn the internet into the Wild West of the 21st Century"
The wild times on the web...sure we all worry about it....but what can be done? Lots more today than in 1995. Check out this new article to learn more about how you can use open source tools to test your site for vulnerabilities as attacks do happen. As developers, understanding how a site can be attacked is paramount to making it secure. Discover some of the more common attacks, and learn about the tools you can use to spot them.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  ajax accessibility web open confession testing java software source technology 2 Comments 1,786 Visits
What do you know about making software fully accessible? For software development, accessibility means enabling IT hardware, software and Web application products so they can be used by more people, either directly, or in combination with assistive technology products. Are you familiar with :
We all have a "challenge" .. ..whether physical, mental, cultural, language based or that we blog on My developerWorks. Accessibility removes the barriers that prevent certain groups of people from accessing information. If you don't know much about it...
What every developer should know about accessibility
Accessibility in Web development
Sometimes we don't know what we don''t know we need to know..... that might be called ignorance akin to not being able to use a spell a word if I can't spell it.
Sometimes we know what we should know but we chose to ignore it.....that might be called a crime. Got your attention?
I am not a lawyer nor do I claim to be one yet I have spent time around lawyer'ee items such as intellectual property. I recently found this site so I can hope to stay out of trouble in multiple parts of the world.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  technology software project open management confession source leadership 2,360 Visits
A classic tale and one of my favorites : Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody
I am a big fan of clarity ....must be the project manager training in me. I always want to know WHO. We use too much "we" and "them" and need to clearly identify the who and ensure that named person knows and commits.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  confession linux db2 lotus open developerworks jave blogs software source xml 5 Comments 1,772 Visits
Now that is a headline.....it actually is the name of book by Lisa Scottoline and it made me laugh as well as pick up the book.
It made me think about article titles of content on developerWorks. One of the reasons many of us come to developerWorks is the honest, straightforward and, dare I say, boring article titles.
Yet are they really boring?
Not boring....direct....to the point....and easily found when hunting for information. Fancy titles may catch your attention or not....what is most important is the content.
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  modeling java linux open technology software aix confession source rational decision 1,408 Visits
• 1. I'm satisfied with what I'm already using: if ain’t broke don’t fix it.
• 2. No one else is using it.: what came first chicken or egg
• 3. I don't think it can perform well enough.- trust
• 4. I don't know how to get started.- what do I do
• 5. It's hard to make it a habit.: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin
Isn't it all about decisions? From a software perspective that starts at the beginning
a better question is ...where does it end....
FrancesP 060001Y1C0 Tags:  odf powerpoint software office lotus java open source confession presentations symphony microsoft 2,017 Visits
I will continue to have to have Browser Wars
but I will no longer have "presentation" tool wars. I'm now using a complete suite of office productivity software for creating, editing, and sharing word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations available for free download now on developerWorks...and who doesn't like the words free and no charge?
What is it I am using?
Will I totally abandon Microsoft Office? Don't know about that 100% ..at least, though, finally, free tools and freedom of choice!