Day: March 19, 2009

Papers, Books & Guides – all Red – oh my!

IBM Redguides

For a long time now, IBM has been publishing both Redbooks and Redpapers. I’ve co-written a Redbook and mentioned them a number of times in the past – in fact, one of the best descriptions I can find of what they are all about comes from one of my old posts:

… deep technical books, usually written to address a particular product or scenario. The Redbooks are written collaboratively through the residency process. As a Redbooks author I have to say that working on one of them was one of the best experiences I’ve had at IBM so far – getting close to the development team, collaborating with folks from four or five different countries, working on hands-on scenarios and building a really strong book out of it.

As for Redpapers (from the website):

…shorter technical papers that are only available on the Web… They reflect working experiences on a specific topic.

New to the stable this week are the IBM Redguides, which are more business-oriented. According to the website, these:

…focus on the business view of technology that solves business issues, provides business value, or enables competitive advantage by applying existing technologies or exploring a roadmap for emerging technologies.

Quite a family of documentation! I’m looking forward to taking a look at some of the Redguides – based on the reputation of the Redbooks and Redpapers, I’m sure they are going to be really useful

Virtual Home Camp


As one of the organisers of Home Camp, I dropped in to see how Virtual Home Camp is shaping up. There are already some really interesting toys and gadgets in there – had a brief chat about how to feed weather data in, looked at the virtual version of Chris’ ducks, and was generally really impressed to see the progress that has been made. Thanks to the folks from ReactionGrid for hosting us. If you can’t come to the real event on April 25th in London, I think this could be a great way of participating.