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This past summer, we asked you to give us your views on the future of technology by responding to our annual IT survey.
And respond you did -- more than 4,000 IT professionals from around the globe -- and your insights helped shape the new 2011
IBM Tech Trends Report, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the future of the industry. Covering key topics like
business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social business, the report paints a vivid picture of which technologies
will be in demand in the months and years to come. (Sure, cloud is hot right now, but how is it being used, and
where is it headed?) Want to know which skills can help you stay ahead of the competition? More importantly, do
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This week's top features on developerWorks:
Note: This newsletter will not be published next week due to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. The next
issue will go out on 1 December.
| Developer events in your area|
developerWorks Live! workshops in Madrid and Barcelona: IBM Blueworks Live|
Blueworks Live is a cloud-based business process management (BPM) tool that lets
you discover, design, automate, and manage business processes for your
organization. And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks.
(22 November 2011, Madrid, Spain; 24 November 2011, Barcelona, Spain)
Get more details and register >
| developerWorks Live! briefing in Hursley: Introduction to WebSphere Application
Get to know WebSphere Application Server V8.0 through presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. Built upon the IBM Virtual
Machine for Java platforms, WebSphere Application Server provides the foundation for the WebSphere portfolio.
And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks.
(23 November 2011, Hursley, UK)
Get more details and register >
| IBM workshop in Milan: Quality-driven software delivery|
When you're faced with smaller budgets, tighter deadlines, and more requirements, ensuring the quality of the software is
no easy task. To help expedite and streamline the processes of testing and control -- even in the case of particularly complex
SAP applications -- IBM invites you to learn more about Rational solutions.
(29 November 2011, Milan, Italy)
Get more details and register >
| IBM briefing in Chicago: Deliver a successful cloud project with IBM|
Learn the key steps required to build a cloud infrastructure, enable a cloud application, and extend the value of your cloud
solution. (14 December 2011, Chicago, Illinois)
Don't miss out -- register today >
| Workload partitioning (WPAR) in AIX 7.1|
The most popular innovation of AIX 6.1 was clearly workload partitioning (WPAR). What can WPARs do that logical partitions
(LPARs) can not? How and when should you use WPARs? When should you not use workload partitioning? This article examines
these and other topics, and looks at some of the WPAR enhancements in AIX 7.1.
Explore WPAR enhancements >
| Security authentication mechanism in AIX|
The authentication mechanism verifies which users are allowed to access a system. An administrator can define authentication
protocol; based on that protocol, users' credentials are verified, and users are given access to the system. AIX provides
several authentication and identification modules. This article covers the user's authentication and identification attributes,
as well as load modules available in AIX.
Learn about security authentication >
| Speed cloud application development using rapid application development prototyping|
This article describes how cloud application development can be accelerated through the use of modern rapid application development
(RAD) tools, while at the same time preserving the flexibility provided by traditional development environments and coding
Learn how to accelerate cloud app development >
| Cloud computing with a pattern-based approach|
IBM Workload Deployer is a cloud management appliance that delivers a pattern-based approach to deploying and managing application
environments in the cloud. This article focuses on the customization capabilities presented to users for the new virtual
application deployment model.
Develop plug-ins/virtual app patterns for a customized cloud experience >
| Get started with Hadoop-based
data analytics on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise|
Cloud computing and big data analytics go well together, and the combination of the two makes it possible to handle large
amounts of structured and unstructured data. This article explains how to get started using Hadoop on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.
Learn how to set up a three-node cluster and verify that your cluster is working.
Find out why the combination works so well together >
| IBM ecosystem partner images
on the IBM Cloud |
Get ready to try new partner software images on the IBM Cloud. IBM Business Partner solutions extend the value of the IBM
SmartCloud by providing new capabilities. Learn more about these new capabilities, which are now being offered on the IBM
New ecosystem partner images on the IBM Cloud >
Knowledge path: Architect chemical and petroleum solutions|
Learn how to architect successful chemical and petroleum industry solutions using the key products and industry components
of the IBM Chemical and Petroleum Integrated Information Framework. Find out how you can take advantage of the large portfolio
of IBM products and technologies in the framework for delivering successful chemical and petroleum solutions.
Build your skills with this knowledge path >
| Migrate OpenMRS to DB2 and WebSphere Application Server|
OpenMRS is a collaborative, open source project for developing software to support the delivery of health care in developing
countries. This article explains how to migrate OpenMRS into DB2 and WebSphere Application Server. Learn how to prepare the
database, import the source code, and modify the project for WebSphere Application Server.
Start your migration >
| How to use Google Chart Tools with IBM Mashup Center|
Learn how to generate dynamic charts as images using a URL string, then use the images as location markers on the IBM Mashup
Chart your course >
| Manage database connections with the IBM Data Studio web console|
Learn how to use the web console to manage and share database connection information. This feature helps increase productivity
among Data Studio users, and reduce the overhead of tooling configuration.
Promote database connection sharing securely and efficiently >
| Download DB2 Express-C 9.7.5,
DB2 Express-C, the no-charge edition of DB2 for Linux, Windows, Solaris, and Mac, now includes Oracle compatibility features.
DB2 Express-C is easy to use and provides a solid base to build and deploy applications developed using C/C++, Java, .NET,
PHP, and other programming languages.
Download DB2 today >
| Enterprise Content Management Application Center|
In this developerWorks community group, you can find ECM solutions and interact with experts who can help you solve your
real-world business problems using ECM products and technologies.
Participate in the community >
| Blog: Build your skill on DB2|
Follow Susan Visser's blog to keep up with the latest information on how to build your skill on DB2. This week, Susan reports
on the top-selling books at this year's IBM Information On Demand conference.
Add DB2 to your skill set >
| Latest issue: IBM Data Management magazine|
How do you handle your mission-critical systems? In the new issue of IBM Data Management magazine, read about how many companies
test, monitor, and manage assets when failure is not an option.
Read the new issue now >
| The DB2Night Show webcast: Big Data technologies, solutions, and details|
Join special guests Paul Zikopoulos and Robert Thomas for a deep dive into the Big Data platform offered by IBM. Learn how
this platform deals with issues such as security, integration, governance, and more. (18 November 2011, 11:00am EST)
Register now >
| Webcast: DB2 10 and the secrets of scalability (1 Dec)|
Join IBM Gold Consultant Julian Stuhler and IBM Distinguished Engineer Jeff Josten for this webcast focusing on DB2 10 for
z/OS features that can reduce virtual storage constraints, improve catalog concurrency, and remove other scalability barriers.
(1 December 2011, 11:00am EST)
Register now >
| IBM Midsize Business Analytics Quarterly Virtual Summit|
Join the final virtual event in this 2011 series of quarterly, interactive forums focused on business analytics solutions
for midsize companies. This web broadcast is no charge and is offered at two different times. (1 December 2011, 5:00am &
Learn how analytics-driven organizations thrive in turbulent times >
| Java development 2.0: Git-commit your Java apps with Heroku's PaaS|
Meet Heroku, a Ruby-based PaaS that brings a winning combination of configurability and ease-of-use to Java application development
and deployment in the cloud.
Heroku + Git = Brilliant >
| Podcast: Adam Wiggins and Jesper Joergensen on Heroku|
Want more Heroku? Get details straight from the source in this interview with CTO Wiggins and Java product manager Joergensen.
Listen now >
| Knowledge path: Monitor and diagnose your Java applications|
With the introduction of better profiling tools and a host of diagnostic tooling from the IBM Java team and others, the task
of monitoring and diagnosing Java applications has become considerably less difficult than in the past. Learn more about
the tools you can use to assess and improve the health of your applications effectively.
Build your skills >
| Using Winbind in mixed-platform environments|
Winbind allows you to connect Linux resources with a domain controller environment (either through a Windows server or Samba).
Learn more in the latest installment of our Linux 302 series.
Mix it up with Winbind >
| Follow Chris on Facebook|
You can also keep up with Linux and Open source zone editor Chris Walden on
Facebook. Find out when articles post and keep up with his pointers to
other interesting information. Don't worry -- he doesn't talk about his
cat or his kid. It's all open source!
Follow ChrisW.at.IBM on facebook >
Create custom jQuery mobile themes|
Learn how to use the theming framework in jQuery Mobile to build touch-friendly mobile web sites and web applications that
rival their native counterparts in look and feel.
A jQuery interface you can call your own >
| Rapid application development in the cloud with Spring Roo and Cloud Foundry|
Take the rapid development of Roo a step further by creating
applications that work in the cloud with Cloud Foundry, the first open platform
as a service project created by VMware. Learn more about the environment and
then deploy an application into Cloud Foundry using the Roo
Read Part 4 of this Spring Roo series >
| Join in the conversation|
The Real-world open source group in the developerWorks community is an open forum for sharing your open source perspectives
and questions. Right now there are discussions on Android, photo editing software, and more. Add your perspective today.
Get real with the open source community >
| Follow Chris on Twitter|
Follow Linux and Open source zone editor Chris Walden on Twitter for regular updates
on articles and other information relevant to the Linux and open source communities.
Follow ChrisW_at_IBM on Twitter >
| Install the DB2 database included in Rational ClearQuest for better support|
You can use any of several relational databases with ClearQuest 7.1.2 or later, but you save money and get enhanced support
by using DB2 because it is bundled with ClearQuest. Setup on UNIX can be tricky if you are not familiar with DB2, so this
article explains installation and configuration.
Get enhanced database support, no charge >
| Create or automatically generate baselines from multiple RequisitePro projects|
By using the Baseline Manager Library API in Rational RequisitePro, you can create baselines, view them in a directory, or
compare two baselines. You can also build new projects from existing project baselines, create baselines for multiple projects,
or automate baseline creation. Learn how.
Start using the Baseline Manager Library >
| Case study of the Rational Harmony systems engineering process, Part 1|
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) captures system requirements plus the design decisions that fulfill them. It can help
validate cost, performance studies, or design choices. This is a case study of Rational Harmony for Systems Engineers, an
MBSE method that translates functional requirements into a description of system operations.
Show me how the Rational Harmony process works >
| Case study of the Rational Harmony systems engineering process, Part 2|
Distributed systems are inherently data-oriented, so a focus on data entities and behavior is essential in model-based systems
engineering (MBSE), such as the Rational Harmony process. This article explores how to develop an MBSE process for analysis
and design of distributed systems.
Learn how to use an MBSE process in systems design >
| Change management in mainframe
applications: Identify assets |
Software maintenance can require up to 70% of your IT budget, so managing change to shorten the maintenance cycle, reduce
risk, and ensure quality is critical in today's economy. This three-part series explains how to use Rational Asset Analyzer
to achieve those goals.
Identify which assets the change will affect >
| Change management in mainframe applications: Manage change request scope and
Part 2 describes how to perform an impact analysis to manage the scope and risk of a software change request. This article
focuses on changes to data definitions and data characteristics, but the concepts can be applied to other application components
Analyze the scope and risk of the change >
| Change management in mainframe applications: Customize impact analysis results|
Part 3 describes how to customize the impact analysis results and aggregate those results using the Custom Query capability
in Rational Asset Analyzer. You then learn how to create a "bill of materials" that's based on those results, and
share it with others as a spreadsheet.
Customize, analyze, and share the results >
| Track design changes dynamically through BIRT reports |
Keeping software design documents in sync with the code throughout software development is one of the biggest challenges
for architects and designers. Keep them consistent by using Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) to get reports
from Rational Software Architect design models.
Learn how to use BIRT with Rational Software Architect >
| CICS Transaction Gateway and AIX workload partitions|
This article shows you how to use CICS Transaction Gateway in an AIX environment that supports workload partitions (WPARs),
and includes scenarios that show you how to use WPARs to consolidate existing hardware or to extend a CICS Transaction Gateway
| Creating and sending alerts with IBM Business Process Manager V7.5|
This article shows you how to use IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V7.5 to develop and send alerts to business dashboards
using alert handlers (in this case an SCA service handler and a web service handler program). It includes an end-to-end business
process workflow and monitoring sample.
| Integrating WebSphere DataPower XC10 and XI50 Appliances|
This article shows you how easy it is to integrate the DataPower XC10 and XI50 Appliances by using the XC10 as a side cache
to reduce response times in the XI50, as well as how to create a multi-protocol gateway service in the DataPower XI50, and
how to configure and monitor a data grid in the DataPower XC10.
| Operating a WebSphere Process Server environment, Part 5: Performance tuning
Part 5 of this multi-part article series contains useful references on tuning a WebSphere Process Server or IBM BPM solution.
| SOA Sandbox exercise: Java Troubleshooting with WebSphere Application Server
In this lab, you will monitor, diagnose, and debug JVM issues caused by a faulty application running in WebSphere Application
Server. You will use the tools in the IBM Support Assistant -- Health Center, Garbage Collection Memory Visualizer, and
Memory Analyzer -- to overcome common programming problems.
Try it now >
| Webcast: WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.2.0 Update Installer (UPDI) Validator Utility
This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange shows you how to download the WebSphere Partner Gateway UPDI and UPDI Validator,
how to configure UPDI, how to deploy the Validator changes to the WebSphere Partner Gateway console, and how to update attribute
values and run the verify option to build the response file. (29 November 2011, 11:00am EST)
Register now >
| Webcast: Understanding and configuring the dtx.ini file in WebSphere Transformation
Extender (30 Nov)|
This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange helps you understand and configure the parameters of the dtx.ini configuration
file used by the WebSphere Transformation Extender Launcher and Command Server. (30 November 2011, 11:00am EST)
Register now >
| Webcast: Overview of WebSphere Application Server Class Loader (1 Dec)|
This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange describes WebSphere Application Server Class Loader, including class loader settings,
shared library configurations, and troubleshooting. (1 December 2011, 11:00am EST)
Register now >
| Discover the right info with XML data mining|
Explore XML data mining, a facet of XML data analysis, in this three-part series. Start with this introduction to mining
hidden knowledge from XML documents as you learn about mining data, the hierarchical structure of the information, and the
relationships between elements.
Survey several approaches to XML data mining >
| Make HTML5 microdata useful with the jQuery UI Map plug-in|
Start with generic scripts and microdata to provide customized services for dynamic pages. Combine the jQuery UI Map plug-in
and your HTML5 microdata to create an interactive Google map, in Part 1 of this two-part series.
Create your map >
| Combine Drupal, HTML5, and microdata|
Make your content easier to find and reuse. Add microdata to your pages with the new microdata module in Drupal. Configure
and add microdata output for basic field types and custom field types, so your content is available for use in applications
such as Google's Rich Snippets.
Enhance your data now >
| Write safer XSLT stylesheets with automated error trapping|
Add thorough functional testing for safer XSLT stylesheets, as well as easier testing to find mistakes missed by static and
dynamic error checking. With XSLT 2.0 features like the type system, you can add otherwise-impossible error checking to your
Add testing now >
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