TWOdW: Tech Trends Survey, Google chart tools, jQuery moble themes

Uploaded by developerworks on 17.11.2011

LANINGHAM: Welcome to This Week on developerWorks.
I'm Scott Laningham in Austin, Texas, joined by John Swanson,
the developerWorks newsletters editor from Boston, Massachusetts, over Skype.
Of course, developerWorks is IBM's premier technical resource
for software developers providing tools, code and education
on IBM products and open standards technology.
John, how are you doing this week, my friend?
SWANSON: Pretty good.
Pretty good.
Things are good here in darkness, Massachusetts.
LANINGHAM: It is quite dark there.
What's up with that?
Is it just a dark day?
SWANSON: I need to turn on a light, I think.
Otherwise I'm a disembodied head.
LANINGHAM: Hey, by the way, I think I get the feeling
that we cracked the 10,000th viewer in our billion viewer campaign.
Something tells me that that may have happened recently.
SWANSON: I thought I felt something out there.
LANINGHAM: There was a tremor, a tremor that made its way up north.
SWANSON: It's the force.
LANINGHAM: A good friend of ours from IBM, Tim Washer, who used to be a podcaster here
and a social media expert, and he now is at Cisco it Systems?
Is it Cisco Systems or is it just Cisco?
Anyway, at Cisco, C-I-S-C-O, that's where Tim is, and it's a big place.
And Tim is there, and he tweeted a congratulations
on our billionth viewer campaign, not on a milestone but just on having it.
So, Tim's a very funny guy.
He has written for David Letterman and The Onion and made some appearances, I think,
on both of those places, maybe written for Saturday Night Live.
So he's a very funny guy.
You can follow him on Twitter at timwasher, T-I-M-W-A-S-H-E-R.
And we're going to have him on to be a correspondent for us
about the billionth viewer campaign.
So, not today, but very soon.
So I'm going to be on top of that for you.
SWANSON: I can't wait.
LANINGHAM: Anyway, let's jump on to what's hot this week on developerWorks,
and clearly the big topic right now, John, is the Tech Trends survey,
the results that were just released from that, right?
SWANSON: Absolutely, absolutely.
And I know you're going to be talking to Todd Watson about that.
SWANSON: I won't steal his thunder, but that is what we're talking
about in the newsletter and on the site.
Big news, and this is a big...a big report that's coming out.
It's the results of a survey that we conducted over the summer.
I say "we," I didn't conduct it; I promoted it.
But it was a big survey, and they surveyed over 4,000 IT professionals from around the world.
LANINGHAM: That's a lot.
SWANSON: Yes, to get their views on what they're doing
and where they think all of this is headed.
And so it gives a roadmap for where things are going, and it can be useful to those
who might be trying to think about where they're heading with their careers.
LANINGHAM: And I know some of the big topics that have...we've been really focused
on on developerWorks over the last numerous months -- mobile computing, cloud computing,
business analytics -- I'm sure those are all among kind of the lead subjects here
in these trends being discussed, right?
SWANSON: Yes, those three, and social computing is...
LANINGHAM: Oh, of course, yes, for the business.
SWANSON: ...the fourth of the topics, yes.
And not just broad strokes, but some specifics on, you know, how they're evolving and where
to be looking if you're interested in being a part of any of those, and what's happening
with those, the trends that are happening there.
Great. So that is the feature this week, and you can click on that feature and go to a spot
on developerWorks totally focused on the Tech Trend survey,
the results, lots of good resources there.
As John mentioned, I'll be speaking to Todd Watson, IBM blogger and tech evangelist
and a regular on this show, hopefully today or tomorrow we'll get that one up soon
as a separate interview with him about the Tech Trends results.
And I think we've got another series in the works, a maybe three- or four-part series
with other discussions about these results, because as John says, it really is a big thing.
So, we'll keep you informed on what's coming next on that.
Let's go to the home page and quickly run
down the other new content this week at
From the Java Technology Zone, we have Monitor and diagnose Java applications.
And this is one of the new Knowledge Paths that we've been talking about.
In this case, tracking the source of Java application bottlenecks is critical
to the application development cycle.
And 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.
So, in this new Knowledge Path you'll learn more about the tools you could use to assess
and improve the health of your applications effectively.
SWANSON: Readers who are interested in Google Chart tools will want to take a look
at this week's information management feature, Use Google Chart tools with IBM Mashup Center.
It shows readers how to use Google Chart images with IBM Mashup Center to generate markers
on the Navteq mapping widget and then learn how to build a custom widget
that uses the Google Chart tool's API to visualize data from enterprise data feeds.
LANINGHAM: Beautifully said, John.
Beautifully said.
From Web development, we have create custom JQuery mobile themes.
The high adoption rate of smartphones and tablet devices is ultimately increasing the demand
for mobile web developers and designers.
Of course, John has them, I have them, we're all part of that demand, right, John?
SWANSON: Absolutely.
LANINGHAM: The JQuery mobile framework lets you create mobile web experiences
that rival the results of native application development by providing instant access
to applications and websites via the web browser rather
than making users download and install mobile applications.
So in this piece, Learn how to use the JQuery mobile themeing framework
to create custom-branded mobile websites and web applications.
SWANSON: And right now, I'm doing my best not to drop my tablet on the floor, here.
LANINGHAM: Don't do that.
Do not drop it.
SWANSON: Which is a bad idea.
LANINGHAM: They don't bounce.
SWANSON: Rational, the Rational team wants to show readers how...wants
to show readers the Rational Harmony approach to model-based systems engineering.
Examine the basic concepts, task flow and work products
of the Rational Harmony systems engineering process and then go
through the defined task flow while constructing the required artifacts in each phase.
From XML, we have XML data mining, Part 1, in a new series;
this part on surveying several approaches to XML data mining.
XML, of course, is used for data representation, storage and exchange in many different arenas.
This series explores one facet of XML data analysis, XML data mining.
In this first article, get an introduction to some techniques and approaches
from mining hidden knowledge from XML documents.
Learn about mining data, the hierarchical structure of the information
and the relationships between elements.
Subsequent articles will cover mining XML association rules
and clustering multi-version XML documents.
SWANSON: WebSphere, they churn out lots of content every week,
and this week their top feature shows readers how to create and send alerts
with IBM Business Process Manager.
You'll learn how to develop and send alerts to business dashboards using alert handlers.
Then you'll learn about the run-time support and tooling provided
by IBM Business Process Manager Advanced while looking
over the included end-to-end business process workflow and monitoring sample.
LANINGHAM: Excellent.
Thank you, John, for that good information about our homepage
on for this week.
And of course, we keep you up to date each week on what's new on the site,
and John does a very good job of that through the IBM developerWorks customizable newsletter.
You can sign up at,
and of course, you can follow our podcast and other new media content
on developerWorks YouTube channel and on iTunes as well as right here
on our site, blogs and otherwise.
John, I think our billionth viewer campaign has legs.
SWANSON: We are well on our way through the first step.
LANINGHAM: We're on our way and we're going to start having to have some incentives, I think.
We want to tell anybody listening, if you want to be a part of that campaign just subscribe
to us on iTunes or especially on YouTube.
And then send us a note that you did so, and tell us what number you would
like to be considered as viewer-wise.
And if you're a nice large number, we'll have you on as a guest.
So... SWANSON: That's right, you never know.
John Swanson in Boston, Massachusetts, via Skype.
Again, thank you John.
SWANSON: Thanks, Scott.
LANINGHAM: I'm Scott Laningham in Austin, Texas.
This has been the developerWorks podcast.
Thanks for listening.