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IBM Solicits Input On Developer Site Beta

IBM this week launched a beta version of its new developerWorks Web site and is soliciting the developer community for input.

developerWorks aims to be IBM's single entry point for the developer community by providing access to information, technology and support from IBM. Each area -- including news, tools and code, standards, and education -- is organized into "zones" focusing on Java technology, XML, security, and Web development. Also anticipated is a Linux zone.

developerWorks plans to focus on open standards and cross-platform technologies. IBM's jCentral and xCentral technologies can search through other IBM sites, all public Web sites, other developer Web sites and other corporate Web pages to find information on Java and XML. jCentral provides access to Java tools, resources and source code applets and xCentral finds XML documents, DTD schemas, news group articles, resources and tools.

IBM alphaWorks technologies will also be available free through developerWorks. This resource for early adopters gives developers access to IBM research and emerging technologies. Visitors to developerWorks can download and evaluate alphaWorks technologies from IBM's research labs.

Also included in developerWorks is an on-line library, events area and forums. The library includes white papers, book reviews, links to journals, magazines and newsletters, and industry surveys. The events area offers developers opportunities and information, from IBM sponsored Webcasts to industry tradeshows. The forums share expertise from colleagues through external special interest groups. In addition, other Web sites, mailing lists, and news groups are available.