Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

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Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

Have you ever solved a tough data warehouse programming problem and wanted to share the solution with others? How would you like to be able to tell others the innovative ways you use a Teradata product? How about posting a Weblog or a forum question on a Teradata database topic that interests you to hear what others think? You’ve heard about social networking. How would you like to be at the center of one that helps you do your job better? Well now is your chance...

The Teradata Developer Exchange is a brand new web site whose purpose is to connect Teradata experts with one another –whether they are Teradata customers, Professional Services, Solution Architects, or R&D Engineers. Think of it as a digital community of technical experts sharing ideas, code, and solving problems. It is a technically focused site where Teradata is creating a community focused on using and extending Teradata skills and software. While other vendors have technical websites to be sure, Teradata Developer Exchange is different in a few ways. First, it’s the only one of its kind dedicated to data warehousing. Second, it encourages Teradata customers to post articles, sample code, and blogs –its not limited to Teradata Engineers. So it’s a social network of people sharing tips and building professional relationships.

Why do we need a Teradata Developer Exchange?

Traditionally, Teradata Engineers have had limited options for interacting directly with people using their software. Orange books, white papers and magazine articles are all excellent forms of communication, but there is no feedback loop or interaction with the customer programming staff. Or they could go to Teradata Partners conferences and user group meetings a few times a year. Conversely, customer programmers trying to deploy Teradata products often need to know tips, traps, and best practices for a specific design but that knowledge is not inside their company. The answers they need might not be known inside Teradata either. Teradata Developer Exchange is about to change that by creating a thriving and dynamic environment for exchanging information, code samples, innovative ideas, and problem fixes. None of us is as smart as all of us, the saying goes, so Teradata Developer Exchange provides the forum for knowledge exchange between Teradata experts worldwide.

What will I find at the Teradata Developer Exchange?

When you visit the Developer Exchange you will find a mixture of different types of content. Initially it contains the following content types: 

  • Articles: generally 2-4 pages long when printed, sometimes longer. There may even be series of articles on a single topic. Example articles might be: How to create a compression UDF, how to write a Teradata Viewpoint portlet, best practices using TPT streams, tips on connecting Active Directory to Teradata 13, etc..
  • Reference Items: actual reference material. Examples include: Details of the Fastload syntax, describing the REST API for TRM.
  • Downloads: easy to access downloads that will help with your development. Examples include: the JDBC driver, the Viewpoint PDK, Teradata IDE.
  • Blogs: thoughts, ideas and musings from the Teradata blogosphere.
  • FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions. Enough said.
  • Forums: where visitors can post and discuss questions about Teradata software and the issues they are facing (not in the current beta).

The website has been built on an extensible framework that will allow new forms of content to be added over time. Additionally, content can be split into two distinct categories: subject areas and community areas. Each subject area will be organized as articles, reference documents, FAQs and downloads together so that visitors can come and get easy access to everything they wish in one place. The community areas are a set of site-wide features and content that span across all subject areas, for example downloads, blogs and forums.

Who will be creating the content?

You. Your peers. Teradata Masters. Teradata Engineers. Everyone. Initially content creation will be created by Teradata employees and a few third parties. However, this is just so we can learn to walk before we run. Later in 2009, content contributions will be opened up to all registered users including customers, software vendors, systems integrators, industry experts, etc.

So what sort of content can I create?

There are three primary types of content you can contribute: articles, blogs, and downloads. Short 2-5 page articles will be the cornerstone of the site. They require a bit more effort than a blog, but they will be a lot less effort than a white paper. Blogs are a community posting area by subject area where there can be immediate direct feedback. Blogs should be well thought out insights and sometimes provocative. Forums are a good place to discuss and debate topics and look for solutions. Last, we encourage visitors to upload code samples of “how I solved this problem” so others can learn.

Great! How do I sign up?

Click on the blue "Register" box in the top right, fill in a few fields and you're done! After that, you are part of the community. So come and join us..

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Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

I really like the look of the site, however it would be really good to see some RSS feeds, to let us know when there is now content.
Enthusiast

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

@chrisfl Yes we know! RSS feeds are coming Real Soon Now (tm). Actually, RSS Feeds and Comment Notification are the two items at the top of our todo list. Expect them very soon.
Teradata Employee

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

This is a great launch and a great developer's exchange for our community of customers, partners and employees!
I look forward to seeing and hearing the exciting things this forum will facilitate to benefit everyone.
Enthusiast

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

Where are the forums? I need it!
Enthusiast

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

The forums are coming Real Soon Now! We know these will be an integral part of the site when we launch them, but we have been focused on tidying up loose ends of the current features before creating new ones.
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Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

Can we have something like post of the week or post of the month?
Enthusiast

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

That's a good idea. I think we were hoping that the thumbs up/down would help users figure out which posts were popular or not. But we could certainly have a post of the week or month and feature it in the carousel at the top of the page.

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

this website is really awesome

Re: Introducing the Teradata Developer Exchange

This website really looks awesome