Compaq launches online developer program

Compaq has launched a site to foster a developers' community and spur the creation of applications that run on its hardware and software.

Modeled after developers' sites made popular by the open-source community, The Compaq Solutions Alliance (CSA) Developer Network (https://www.csacommunity.com/) has been built with Web-based software from CollabNet Inc.

Officially launched Tuesday, Compaq's site will be the online home to a number of the company's software projects, including those that have partner application vendors and independent developers, according to Bernie Mills, senior vice president of marketing at CollabNet.

Based in Brisbane, California, CollabNet will support Compaq's site and offer services to developers who manage various related projects, Mills said.

Initially, Compaq has launched an effort to develop a version of the OpenOffice desktop software suite to run on Compaq's 64-bit Unix operating system, Tru64. That open-source software is already being developed to run on various other operating systems through a separate online community. Programmers who contribute to those other projects have been encouraged to participate in Compaq's new project, the company said.

Compaq has also posted on its new site the software development kit used to write applications for its handheld computer, iPaq. Application developers will now use the CSA Developer Alliance to collaborate on projects as well as view source code and ask technical questions of Compaq's support engineers.

CollabNet created the site with its SourceCast development software. Features of that platform allow for contributors to share code and carry out discussions with user groups. Additionally, the site is designed to allow for various levels of access to content and source code that is stored on the site based on a users credentials.

The developer community is similar to other projects from Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems, which use CollabNet's software to run their respective developer Web sites.

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