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.