IBM Launches developerWorks

Free On-line Resource Focused on Open Industry Standards

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Cupertino, Calif - 28 Sep 1999: . . . IBM today announced developerWorks*, a fast, free,on-lineresource focused on open industry standards and designed to help developers build better software.

Also announced today was developerWorks Open Source Zone, a unique forum for all of IBM's open source projectsthat will allow developers to submit changes and fixes to code. In addition, there is now a revamped developerWorks Security Zone that provides more complete information about writing secure code.

In beta since July, developerWorks was built to become the central resource for more than 10 million developers worldwide. It provides product- and platform-independent informationfor e-business application development. developerWorks provides a rich blend of tools, code, tips, news, tutorials, and how-to articles, all based on cross-platform technologies and strategies.

"Because developerWorks is committed to open industry standards, we have built a Web site that can be an honest broker of information, and emerging technologies," said Gina Poole, director of developerWorks. "Our goal is to help developers cut through information clutter so they can do their jobs more effectively, and build successful e-business applications. The groundswell of support for open source applications like Linux is indicative of the overall trend in the industry. developerWorks Open Source reflects IBM's commitment."

developerWorks ( capitalizes on the experience and expertise of more than 100,000 IBM developers worldwide, and leverages IBM's $6 billion annual investment in research. Developers anywhere, even independents, have access to information and technology previously only available to those within IBM. At the same time, developerWorks brings together valuable datafrom other industry leaders.

"developerWorks shows IBM's commitment to the developer community by offering a tremendous amount of information like white papers and preview/beta versions of tools," said Mikael Hansson, consultant with the Application Architecture group at CGI. "There is almost always something new to come back to and review. However, the real pull is the collection of all the different information sources to one easy-to-navigate location."

developerWorks Open Source
Based on a public license recently approved by the Open Source Initiative, developerWorks Open Source is designed to become a central repository for all IBM open source projects. The unique thing about developerWorks Open Source is that, beyond just accessing code, developers will be able to suggest changes and fixes to it. All code provided in this zone will have an overseeingbody, comprised of developers from both inside and outside IBM who will review any suggested changes to the code. If the overseeingbody ratifies the suggestions, the changes become part of the standard for the code.

Examples of code that will be found at developerWorks Open Source include:

-- Jikes Java Compiler -- The fastest Java** compiler available, it helps developers quickly create Java applications.

-- IBM Classes for Unicode (ICU) -- Using ICU, developers on a wide range of operating systems can enable their applications to work correctly in any country, and in any language.

-- Open Visualization Data Explorer -- From the IBM Deep Computing Insititute, Data Explorer analyzes and creates visual representations of data.

Security Zone
Today more than ever, as companies embrace e-business and Web-based applications, developers must assure that their code is secure. developerWorks' new Security Zone shows developers how to employ a security strategy during the entire application design and development process. Anchoring this zone is a twice-a-month "Security for Developers" column, co-authored by noted authority Gary McGraw andsenior security industry researcher John Viega. All of the content in this zone is dedicated to helping developers write secure code--critically important as businesses rush to deliver Web-based applications.

Customization Capabilities
"My dW" beta enables users to customize the XML and Java zones. My dW will display the customized zones in an easy-to-scan format. Additional dW zones will be available for customization in the upcoming months.My dW requires very little setup time. The short profile form is neatly categorized by zone, and asks only for zone- and content-specific preferences; nothing more. Users are encouraged to click the My dW feedback link to submit comments to the design team.

developerWorks is part of IBM PartnerWorld, a marketing and enablement program to create new revenue and market opportunities for IBM Business Partners and give customers e-business solutions. Delivering support for solution developers is one of the main goals of PartnerWorld as IBM delivers support for those who create, market and sell their application software and services to address customers' business issues.

IBM Software
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM Software home page at

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