Developers show strong belief in Web services

In an IBM Australian software developer's world, the future is bright for Linux and Web services, despite a general lack of interest in these areas by enterprises.

David Reeve, manager, IBM developer relations for Australia and New Zealand, said since April 2001, downloads of Linux from the company's developerWorks Web site had increased 51 per cent, while Web services zone traffic had increased 124 per cent.

Java is still the most popular technology Australian developers download from the site.

Reeve said Linux take-up within the enterprise during the last six months has been "quite strong".

Jim Koerner, vice present, IBM software group, Asia-Pacific, believes there has been "great growth" in Web services.

"[But] I don't know if [the interest in] Web services is ISV (independent software vendor) driven or enterprise driven."

However, Koerner said trends within the ISV community reflects what is happening within the corporate community.

Reeve agreed. "I don't know of an application that ISVs have worked on in the past two years that has died."

According to recent IDC research, there are currently 200,000 developers in Australia; 50,000 of which are registered with IBM's developer program.

Since January 2001, Australian registration with the IBM developerWorks program has grown by 125 per cent, making it the second-highest group in the Asia-Pacific region, trailing only India.

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