developerWorks Gets Web 2.0 Makeover

by CXOtoday Staff    May 05, 2009

Big Blue has upgraded its popular networking site for IT professionals - developerWorks. The new site will feature a number of tools and services to enable developers to work together on open standards-based innovations.

My developerWorks combines social computing technologies and professional networking into developerWorks, a site used by over a million IT professionals worldwide.

IBM said developers will now be able to gain real-time access to key technology updates, connect with other experts around the globe, and reduce time-to-market.

 The makeover comes after a recent IBM survey of software development professionals to find out how they use online resources to build new skills. According to the survey, nearly 75% said they use forums, blogs, wikis, and online newsletters to gain skills and communicate with each other. 65% also said they wanted to use social networking skills like those found on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace as a way to build new skills and collaborate with peers.

My developerWorks profiles can be customized to include contacts, preferred content, real time feeds from forums, blogs and wikis, and IBM’s developerWorks site.   In the coming months, My developerWorks users will also be able to tap their social networking profiles on sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, to expand their professional networks and collaborate on new technologies.

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