Sun Developer Network (SDN): New Home Page
This was much more than just a redesign of the SDN home page. The SDN content team joined with the .SUN organization, and Sun's software marketing organization to create a model that will continue to evolve to meet the needs of both Sun's traditional developer base and new developers moving forward. On the whole, this is a positive development.
However, I was disappointed by the lack of any top level links from this new SDN home page to the existing vibrant JUGs Community and Java Champions Community on java.net today. There are no direct links to either one and only indirect links to the JUGs Community. Even worse, some of the links on the SDN Java User Groups page are sadly out of date. For example, the most actively maintained source of JUG locations around the world today is the JUG Profiles section of the JUGs Community on java.net. This is not the location you get sent to from the SDN Java User Groups page today.
According to Matt Thompson, the Director of Technology Outreach at Sun:
This is only the first step. Over the next 12 months we are planning on integrating more community infrastructure underneath SDN (thus enabling better community engagement, community contributions, discussions, etc.). We know this is just beginning. Any/all comments are welcome... please let us know.
To end on a positive note, I realize this is a work in progress and a good first step. I have already given my feedback. You can give them your own feedback about the new SDN home page here.
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