Developers Make IBM developerWorks Leading Competition To MSDN

developerWorks Offers Most-Sought After Emerging Technologies Content- Including Resources For Wireless And Java

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CUPERTINO, CA - 10 Oct 2001: By developer demand, IBM today announced that developerWorks*, ( www.ibm.com/developerWorks), IBM's resource for developers, has expanded offerings to include a Wireless zone and a new technology that allows developers to easily learn Java programming.

In only two years, developerWorks has thrived when other developer sites have discontinued. Going toe-to-toe with Microsoft Developers Network, developerWorks has responded to the needs and requests of developers who are doing open standards-based development. Since developerWorks' inception, developers have downloaded over 7 million resources, including tools for Java, tutorials on Linux, chunks of code and sample Web services.

"developerWorks has become a part of my software world," said Sumit Kulkarni, Senior Software Engineer for Integra Micro Systems, a Bangalore-based company in India. "Any problem I potentially face regarding Java, XML, Web services, as well as IBM technologies, I feel confident the information I need will be accessible on developerWorks."

"With its online resources, IBM developerWorks has helped us strengthen and mature our technology by offering open, standards-based technology and serving as our first point of contact into the Startup Resources program," said Sheila Tiwan, Global Business Development Manager of Octasoft Corp., based in Mountain View, California.

The new Wireless zone joins five other technology areas on developerWorks: Linux, Java, XML, Web services and Open Source. The new Wireless zone, like other zones, offers tutorials, news, projects, tools, polls and forums for wireless application developers. Topics range from synchronization tips to building Waba applications.

The developerWorks Wireless zone was created in direct response to the anticipated needs of developers. According to a recent survey by Evans, up to 50% of developers plan to build wireless applications in 2002. In the next two years, one-third of those wireless applications are expected to be large-scale implementations deployed to thousands of users, according to a recent survey by Evans Data Corp.

Offering developers the resources they need in the form they want it, is a priority for developerWorks. As part of this effort, developerWorks now offers a weekly XML Tip email. developerWorks XML tip focuses on the typical problems XML developers face to help them build internet solutions on industry standards. Each tip is illustrated with code examples and steps the user must take to move through a particular task.

alphaWorks, a major part of developerWorks, showcases more than 250 emerging technologies from IBM research, 28 of which are available for a commercial license. The newest technology available now for free, trial download on alphaWorks is:

Robocode, a programming game that teaches Java developers by helping them create Java "robots," real Java objects that battle onscreen. Since being posted on alphaWorks, Robocode has garnered significant attention from the developer community. More than one million Web searches were completed for this new technology since its launch in August, 2001.

developerWorks Celebrates its Two Year History
developerWorks is geared to the worldwide development community and enjoys popularity that has grown since its inception in September of 1999. Traffic doubled from January 2000 to August 2001. In just the last 9 months -- in the midst of an industrywide slowdown -- developerWorks has seen significant growth in user sessions and unique visitors, and the number of links to developerWorks from external sites has nearly tripled. On the international front, traffic to our international sites has jumped 1,000% in the last 18 months. developerWorks publishes translated content and content produced by local developers in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and plans to incorporate more content from around the world onto its global site. To date, 139 exclusive tutorials and more than 1,200 articles - many with sample code - covering Linux, XML, Java, Web services, wireless, and emerging technology, have been published on developerWorks, free of charge.

Relevant resources on open standards and cross-platform technology is one of the reasons developerWorks has won 15 industry awards, including the recent "Best of Show 2001" at XML One for the XML zone and the Java Developers Journal Award for Java and XML technologies on alphaWorks.

developerWorks encompasses published content from highly regarded developers who are shaping the acceptance of XML and Linux, such as Daniel Robbins, President and CEO of Gentoo Technologies, Inc., Graham Glass, CEO of The Mind Electric and Tony Hong, CEO of XMethods.net to ensure that developerWorks offers professional developers the timely, accurate information on popular technology.

"When we started in 1999, our focus on open standards and cross-platform technologies was unique to big software companies. While other developer resources have grown even more focused on their proprietary offerings, developerWorks has been relentless in its pursuit to provide developers with a broad view of technology," said Gina Poole, Vice President Developer Marketing and Web Communities, IBM Developer Relations. "Based on the ongoing feedback from developers, we know we are succeeding in helping developers exploit the full power of hardware and operating systems, integrate multiple platforms, and be successful through the use of technologies such as Linux, XML, Java, Web services, open source code and other emerging technologies."

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