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IBM Developer is a global community of coders and developer advocates and digital resources focused on helping developers learn, build, and connect. We provide the resources, tools, and community that inspire you to further your tech skills. With technical articles and tutorials, step-by-step learning paths, instructional videos, open source code samples, and online conferences, we help developers tap into the collective, innovative power of open collaboration and stay up to date with ever evolving skills.
IBM Developer provides rich, technical content on technologies, programming languages, development practices, and architecture & deployment models. Our most popular technologies include artificial intelligence and containers. Our most popular programming language is Java. Our most popular development practice is DevOps. And, our most popular architecture and deployment model is microservices.
Our site map gives a high level overview of IBM Developer content and topics.
Our focus is on digital assets that are based on open source code and deployable to the cloud. The most popular asset types are:
- Learning paths
Learning paths are curated lists of content in a recommended progression to help developers learn about a technology topic or process. Learning paths contain short descriptions with links to a mix of IBM Developer assets (such as videos, blogs, tutorials, patterns and labs) as well as other IBM or non-IBM resources (such as open source assets).
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 facilitate and reinforce new skills by explaining a concept in detail and showing examples. Articles are similar to tutorials, but they usually explain more conceptual information rather than provide procedural or task-focused content.
- Code patterns
Code patterns provide a 360-degree view of code that solves a specific problem. In addition to providing direct access to the code, patterns include contextual overviews, architecture diagrams, process flows, demos, technology components, and related blog posts.
From expert tech talks to live streams to replays of live tech talks or events, videos let you watch developers demonstrate or talk about technologies, products, or services.
- Learning paths
Our team continually reviews the content on IBM Developer to ensure that it is still relevant, accurate, and refers to a product or technology that is still available in some form. If any of these criteria are not met, we may decide to archive the asset.
Archived assets remain available on the site, but are no longer being updated or maintained. The content is provided “as is.” Please be aware that given the rapid evolution of technology, some content, steps, or illustrations may have changed in archived content.
At some point, archived content might be retired and removed from IBM Developer. When we retire content, we add a redirect to a suitable replacement asset or to a list of related assets.
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IBM Developer was built from two legacy sites: IBM developerWorks and IBM Code. IBM developerWorks’ mission covered both open source technologies and IBM products. IBM Code provided code patterns that helped developers solve specific problems or get started with new technologies and cloud services.
In 2018, IBM Developer was launched as IBM’s developer resource site focusing on open source, cloud-based technologies and services. Relevant content from IBM developerWorks was merged with IBM Code and the resulting content collection was rebranded as IBM Developer.
In 2021, we sunset the IBM developerWorks site to focus completely on the IBM Developer mission.
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- Lotus Product documentation (*Divested to HCL Technologies June 2019)
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- IBM Fix Central
- Passport Advantage Online (PAO)
- IBM Training
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