IBM is offering new resources for developers, designed to help them form social networks to collaborate more easily and develop software faster.
The new developerWorks Exchange lets developers share resources, such as code, plugins and ideas with the large software development community. The program allows users to share and browse code submissions related to Lotus Sametime 7.5 by providing new plugins, graphics and other customized additions to the application.
At the same time, IBM has launched a 3-D area called "CODESTATION" in the virtual world of Second Life. CODESTATION is a virtual forum for developers to share ideas, develop code and interact with one another to design new applications and improve existing ones. With CODESTATION, developers can explore how 3-D environments can revolutionize software.
There is also Code Library, an area for Second Life developers to download and upload code to share with others in the Second Life community.
"Code sharing, searchability and an interactive forum for discussing that code with a network of peers can dramatically improve the software development process," said Christopher Balz, an independent software developer. "With developerWorks Exchange, IBM is providing a unique opportunity for developers, businesses and others in the community to share technologies and ideas with one another."