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By Dr. Angel Diaz August 30, 2018
Welcome to the new IBM Developer! We’re incredibly excited about this project, but first, I’d like to talk about you, the developer.
I admire you. As a developer myself, I see what’s happening in our industry—the convergence of cloud, data/analytics, artificial intelligence, transactions and blockchain—and I sincerely admire the power you have, quite literally, at your fingertips. Throughout history, there has never been a better time to call yourself a software developer. It’s been our mission here at IBM to elevate the profession to be seen among the world’s most respected and sought-after occupations.
Why? Because every day, developers are building the future. This site is a reflection and celebration of the future we’d like to build with you.
Our amazingly talented team of developer advocates, designers and content editors are obsessed with making sure you have the tools you need.
Make no mistake: This is your site. We’ve built IBM Developer to reflect your values: code, content and community. And we’ve done this with the singular goal of helping you do your job faster, smarter and better.
We do this through the IBM Developer Way, bringing together code, content and community under one entity.
A developer is only as strong as the code they put out into the world, and it’s our job to help you create beautiful, flawless code quickly, so you can deploy and get to market faster than your competition. It’s that simple.
IBM Developer started with an idea: What if we could create a developer-focused site that put code at the forefront, that focused on solving real-world problems, and allowed developers to do their jobs faster, better and more efficiently? Where would we start?
Well, that was obvious: We start with the code.
Developers’ goals are as varied and unique as developers themselves. You come from all walks of life with different agendas, passions and talents. Your projects range from the ridiculously simple to mind bogglingly complex.
To help you get your application up and running in a matter of minutes, we know we have to put the code at your fingertips, allowing you to grab it quickly, fork it and put it into production. It may sound like I’m oversimplifying it, but it’s literally that streamlined—and we do it through the content we create.
We’ve spent considerable time talking to developers like you about the content you consume and how you prefer to consume it. This led us to create hundreds of code patterns that give a snapshot of how to build a specific function in an application using cloud, data, AI, blockchain and much more. Click into any of our patterns, and one of the first things you’ll see is a button that lets you “Get the Code.” Click the button, grab the code and start building.
While code patterns are the signature piece of content on the site, we also understand that you want tutorials to understand how to complete specific tasks using particular technology. We offer SME-authored articles that provide context and broader understanding around cutting-edge technologies. Our IBM Developer video demos walk you through how to use specific technologies and our interviews provide industry-leading perspective on the latest trends.
Speaking of your technology area, our contributors focus on more than 20 main tech areas, but we’re tagging our content across more than 50 subjects, allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Because we’re IBM and we believe in building in the open, you’ll see that open source technologies are featured heavily throughout. You’re a click away from content that focuses on more than 200 open source projects that are available to use, make changes, and contribute back.
We understand that we’re living in a polyglot, multicloud world and you want to hear from more than just IBMers. That’s why in the coming weeks you’ll see us open contributions to the developer community at large. That’s right—we’re open sourcing our content approach to encourage contributions from the broader community.
And once it’s published, we tie it all together through elastic search.
The IBM Coder Community is all about bringing developers together into a community that is a hub of innovation, a supportive place to share ideas and learn from your talented peers. It exists as a means to connect you to other developers having shared experiences.
IBM Developer also provides you with a comprehensive list of events from around the world and your city. Most of the time, you’re a click away from registering for them.
Also, you’re never far from one of our developer advocates. These incredible men and women are coders like yourself, who spend half of their time working on new projects and putting our technologies to use in real-world applications, and half of their time ensuring that you have the tools you need to win at your job.
If you can’t tell, I’m incredibly excited about this site and the opportunity that it represents. As you start to use it, we want to hear from you: what you like and what you think we can improve. After all, this is your site—built by developers, for developers.
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