Thursday Apr 26, 2007

Building "SDN Share"

If you read my entry from earlier today, you know that we've launched a new program called SDN Share. It's a place where developers can share technical information with other developers and, in the process, earn some nice rewards (Amazon gift certificates).

Well we've now received our first bit of outside feedback. It came from Alan McClellan, who posted this comment on our SDN Share blog:

This is a cool site. How did you build it? It it home grown or did you use purchased or open source discussion/forum software?

Thanks, Alan. I'd been looking for an excuse to talk about this. :)

We implemented SDN Share by skinning and slightly modifying an existing piece of software called Slynkr. It's a Java implementation of a web-based service which allows anyone to submit items and then lets anyone else tag, vote, and comment on them (collectively forming what's often called a Social News or Social Bookmarking service).

Going back to the original question of whether this is home-grown or open source software... It's both. Okay, that isn't quite true--but I think it's safe to say that it will be soon. We're well into the process of getting Slynkr released as open source software. So you might want to keep an eye out wherever great open source Java software is created.

Sharing "SDN Share"

Developers are changing. Every day, it seems that interacting with the outside world becomes a larger and larger part of the job. We interact via open source projects, mailing lists, forums, blogs, journals, and more.

As developers change, it's only natural that tech companies' developer programs also change. In our case, that means the Sun Developer Network (SDN). It's always been a great program, providing a ton of information to developers. But one place where it could improve is in getting more information from developers.

That's why we're starting a new branch of this program, called SDN Share. In short, it's a place where developers can share technical content with other developers. Have a snippet of code that solves a common problem? Share it. A script which lets you avoid mundane tasks? Share it. An article which takes the mystery out of some new technology? That's right: Share it.

Once a submission has been accepted, anyone can add to it with some sharing of their own. They can comment on it, tag it, and vote on whether they think it's great or needs some work. This makes the best stuff float to the top, the Java stuff clump together with other Java stuff, and the occasional error get pointed out and corrected. You know--standard Web 2.0 and Participation Age stuff. Kudos to the Diggs, del.icio.uses, and Wikipedias of the world (and others) who came before us in popularizing and evolving these ideas.

I almost forgot the best part--the rewards. You receive points when your submission is accepted and when people vote for it. These rewards can be exchanged for cash which is deposited into a communal account shared by all SDN Share members. Then someday when enough cash has accrued, we will fulfill the longstanding dream of buying the world a Coke.

JUST KIDDING. This touchy-feely sharing stuff has to end somewhere, right? The rewards are Amazon gift certificates, and they're yours to hoard or spend in any way you like. The "How it Works" page provides details on how you get rewards points, and the "Redeeming Points" page explains how you can use them.

So what are you waiting for? I know you have little tidbits lying around that make you a better developer. You might as well share them and earn some free stuff, right? Also, keep an eye on the SDN Share Blog for more information on the program.

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