IBM is launching a free syndicated content service Friday enabling access to technical resources and emerging technologies via systems ranging from computers to devices like the popular iPhone.
The effort involves extending content to Web platforms, including Google, Yahoo, NetView, and iPhone, via a syndication tool called a "developer gizmo." Content is accessed from the IBM developerWorks Web site.
Developer gizmos include widgets, gadgets, and modules customized to display IBM content within a browser, operating system, a desktop, or a mashup page. They extend services offered by content providers like Yahoo to customize publicly available code or processes. Users can export content from IBM through podcasts, forums, blogs, and other mediums.
"It's a new way for us to syndicate our content to the users very easily by basically having our gizmos, so they can just with the click of a button add developerWorks content," said Kathy Mandelstein, IBM director of worldwide developer programs. Gizmos take APIs from popular portal sites and build on the APIs so developerWorks content flows into those formats, she said.