We are having a special event here at IBM Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. It's Social Day!
There are a number of activities going on for developers, testers, client support, and other technical specialists (including user experience designers!) to network and communicate the expertise that IBM has.
For the social novice, we can learn how to get more involved in social media internally and externally. There's a new internal social community chock full of resources to help us participate more effectively. There are podcasts, presentations, and mentors.
In the past, before Twitter, Facebook, and blogs took over the social world, I was being social on developerWorks. developerWorks is one of IBM's oldest social communities that is focused on sharing information, how tos, and code snippets to developers.
In the early days of WebSphere Portal, Patrick McGowan and I shared information on designing portal themes with focus on the techniques that Patrick honed as a portal user interface designer. Going further back in time, I worked with other teammates sharing our discoveries while designing and coding UIs for PDAs (remember personal digital assistants?). Eeks! My 2001 article for designing for the Palm OS v3.5 is still there! I've also shared my expertise in remote user testing. I still make use of the best practices that I described in the two articles (part 1
, part 2
Over the years, developerWorks has been redesigned to focus on the
latest developer trends. It's moved from a focus on C++, XML, and CSS
to today's focus on Linux, Python, and Php. One of the constants has been the Lotus zone
. I hope you've stopped by to read and watch the Key developer topics, dropped into one of the forums, or visited one of the product wikis. You'll also find the Inside Mobile Design and User Experience blog
where teammate Chris Reckling.
Are you being social? Does your organization have social days?