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Frequently asked questions

Are you wondering about the evolution of IBM’s developer-related code, content, and community? Check out this FAQ list to learn more

  • For the past two decades, developerWorks has established itself as a trusted and valuable developer brand. More recently, IBM Code has delighted developers as a platform for open source code available on GitHub. The new combined program, “IBM Developer,” builds on the strengths of both initiatives, advocating for developers and providing enhanced features, open source code, and information and resources to help you work smarter.

  • It hasn’t! The developerWorks brand is not being sunset; it is being merged with IBM Code, enhanced, and rebranded to “IBM Developer.” The developerWorks name has long been the standard at IBM for developer content. It features many great articles and tutorials to help developers find answers to pressing questions. IBM Code provides developer advocacy, code patterns in GitHub, tech talks, and other developer community tools, resources, and activities. The integration of developerWorks and IBM Code will increase focus on open source software and community enablement to help developers get their work done every day.

  • Our focus is on digital assets that are based on open source code and deployable to the IBM Cloud. You’ll find the following digital assets on IBM Developer:

    • Code patterns: Complete solutions based on open source code that are, in most cases, deployable to the IBM Cloud. They are also available in GitHub for developers to download, use, and adapt to their own solutions.
    • Tutorials: Complete step-by-step goal-focused learning that shows you how to complete one or more tasks or use cases. Our tutorials differ from code patterns in that they are usually for introductory education and granular technical tasks, while patterns are for more advanced, multi-branched coding tasks.
    • Articles: Written on specific topics to help developers who are looking to gain knowledge in a particular topic area or to simply get an overview of a technology.
    • Tech talks: Videos, including recordings of live demos and interviews, that developers can leverage to learn about technology areas. Videos can range in length from a few minutes to an hour depending on the topic area and the material being covered.
    • Blogs: Short reads from experts to let you know what’s happening in a particular technology area, a conference, or just about anything else going on in technology. If you’re looking for the latest happenings or opinions written by technology topic experts, our blog is the place to start.
  • Not all. We’re currently assessing the performance of all developerWorks assets to identify the content that’s most useful to our audience. As part of that process, we are updating the site by removing old, outdated, or rarely visited pages. Our goal is to ensure that the content you find on our site is accurate, up to date, and relevant. We’re confident that this new, streamlined content library will be easier for you to search and retrieve the information you need.

  • The rebranding of developerWorks and IBM Code to IBM Developer is ongoing. The migration of content, especially on the local language sites (China, Japan, Brazil, SSA, Russia) will continue to roll out over the coming months.

  • All assets will be reviewed for accuracy, currency, and relevance. While some out-of-date and less relevant pages will be deprecated, developers can expect to find a more streamlined and searchable library of technical content. You’ll also have access to developer advocates around the world who are dedicated to helping you achieve your technology goals and grow your skills.

  • A lot! The benefits are many, but you’ll see an immediate impact from our digital assets, including open source code, patterns, and tutorials. You’ll be able to use them right away to complete your development tasks. We want you doing what’s most important to you: writing code and solving problems.

  • Our focus will change over time, depending upon what developers are searching for and which technologies come to the fore. You’ll find the topics for which we’ll accept new content submissions on this page: https://developer.ibm.com/code/technologies/

  • To the fullest extent possible, we’ll continue our rich history of supporting these communities.

  • The developerWorks Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WeChat and Weibo channels will be rebranded as “IBM Developer.” The existing IBM Code Twitter account will be sunset.

  • All developerWorks communities will move to a new IBM Community site. The developerWorks and IBM Code newsletters will be rebranded to IBM Developer. Developers will not need to subscribe again to the newsletters.

  • Links for content that is migrated to IBM Developer will automatically redirect to a new IBM Developer URL. Links for content that is not migrated will normally redirect to the technology hub page that is most closely related to the deprecated page. There, you can view and search for more up-to-date content.

  • Same great content, brand new name. The developerWorks TV channel will be rebranded as the “IBM Developer Channel.” The existing IBM Code YouTube channel will become the IBM Code Archive.

  • As we transition to IBM Developer, we are working hard to consolidate all available code in IBM’s GitHub Enterprise organization. If anything moves, we will redirect and/or post clearly where you can find the content you’re looking for.

  • The developerWorks Blog will become the IBM Developer Blog and will remain a trusted, dynamic source for technology information.

  • We’re going to hold more of them! Our events give us a chance to meet and talk with you and the wider development community. There’s no impact on the quality and frequency, other than a rebranding to IBM Developer Events.

  • Local language sites will be rebranded as IBM Developer shortly after the launch of the worldwide English site. New content will be vetted through local language teams to ensure it adheres to the IBM strategy of developer-centric, technology-first content. The content will be migrated to GitHub (and the local sites will replicate the English redesign) as soon as possible.