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..

 

Discussion
chrisfl 1 comment Joined 05/09
18 May 2009

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.

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
18 May 2009

@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.

DarrylMcDonald 1 comment Joined 04/09
21 May 2009

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.

MSkiLLz 3 comments Joined 05/09
22 May 2009

Where are the forums? I need it!

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
23 May 2009

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.

FAQ 6 comments Joined 05/09
25 May 2009

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

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
26 May 2009

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.

onlyteradata 1 comment Joined 05/09
26 May 2009

this website is really awesome

TeradataMaster 2 comments Joined 05/09
26 May 2009

This website really looks awesome

TeradataMaster 2 comments Joined 05/09
26 May 2009

This website really looks awesome

ketfos 5 comments Joined 05/09
26 May 2009

too much graphic has been built on home page; very unattractive sight; diificult to find information; it ook a long time to find the tiny register button on right hand corner.

RickJWagner 1 comment Joined 05/09
27 May 2009

Hey, great site.

You might consider not using 'DevX', though. The name's already been taken by a popular dev site (http://www.devx.com/).

I look forward to seeing lots of good content!

Rick

Randy-V 1 comment Joined 05/09
27 May 2009

Our Development and User Community have been waiting for something like this for a long time. Let's hope that this turns into the rich repository of information that we all know it could be!

Regards - Randy

neilotoole 19 comments Joined 11/08
27 May 2009

@Randy-V: thanks for the kudos. We hope that this becomes a strong community-driven site, so we've got a bunch of features coming to help build that community (including forums). And there's so much knowledge in the brains of the Teradata community, if we can only make a fraction of that accessible on DevX, I think it'll be a huge win for our users.

DevX Platform Architect

neilotoole 19 comments Joined 11/08
27 May 2009

@RickJWagner: technically the site is named "Teradata Developer Exchange", but I don't know how we're going to stop people abbreviating it to DevX...

DevX Platform Architect

neilotoole 19 comments Joined 11/08
27 May 2009

@ketfos: the home page is indeed quite graphics intensive. Note that you can collapse the carousel at the top, which should make the page cleaner. Currently the expand/collapse state is not saved when you navigate, but we'll fix that shortly. Point taken on the register link being too small. And when you say "difficult to find information", can you be a little more specific?

DevX Platform Architect

Klaus Jeppesen 4 comments Joined 05/09
28 May 2009

Very cool guys. Now for that Viewpoint portlet hub =) I like where this is heading.

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
28 May 2009

@Klaus It's coming! Watch this Space as they say. Have you built a portlet to share yet? ;)

Klaus Jeppesen 4 comments Joined 05/09
02 Jun 2009

The portlet is getting there... At the moment I'm having fun with the LDAP integration. Looking forward to hearing what you have come up with at Patners.

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
02 Jun 2009

@Klaus I've got some really cool stuff to show at Partners this year =)

tejwant 1 comment Joined 06/09
03 Jun 2009

Cool stuff!!!

hoadhead 2 comments Joined 06/09
04 Jun 2009

The Teradata Performance Group has checked in!

devxadmin 3 comments Joined 12/08
04 Jun 2009

Hello there Performance Group!

Nausheen 1 comment Joined 06/09
04 Jun 2009

It is indeed a much needed platform for the TD Engineers :)

Nausheen Sadiq

BChristensen 1 comment Joined 02/09
05 Jun 2009

looking good

kaiser_soze 1 comment Joined 04/09
11 Jun 2009

When is the comment notification feature coming?

neilotoole 19 comments Joined 11/08
12 Jun 2009

Comment notification is now online, see my latest blog post.

DevX Platform Architect

standalone 5 comments Joined 08/08
15 Jul 2009

superb! sudo for you guys

LOF 1 comment Joined 07/09
21 Jul 2009

This site looks great. I am part of Teradata Training and we are looking into implementing discussion groups related to courses or course topics to facilitate peer to peer learning. Any ideas on how we should implement it? My first thought was to have links on Infohub under the "Learn" tab for a particular product or solution (e.g. Product - Viewpoint Learn tab). And, maybe in an Alternative Learning table, there would be four (or more) categories of discussion forums by high level job role (e.g. Technical Presales, Sales, Postsales Implementers, Customer Services Discussion Forums). Then, each of these job role links would take you to a page just like this Developer Exchange page with the menu of topics across the top. So, for ex, if there is a Viewpoint for Sales Discussion Forum, and when you go to it, there would be a menu of topics which could be course related, like "Teradat Viewpoint 13.0 Overview Course" or could be topic related like "Competition" or "Success Stories". What do you think? Please let me know if you need any clarification because I just gave you a lot of details! Thanks!

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
22 Jul 2009

@LOF I'll send you an email as I think this discussion could long and length ;)

motbooz 1 comment Joined 08/09
17 Aug 2009

Looking forward to the discussion. Great work putting this together.

srinsowmya 1 comment Joined 08/09
21 Aug 2009

how do i install and uninstall Teradata GSS cleint Package on HPUX.IA64 TeraGSS_hpux-ia64_06.02.02.22?

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
21 Aug 2009

I think this would be a good question to pose in the Connectivity and Extensibility forums. You can get there from the major "Forums" link at the top right.

mahalirajesh 1 comment Joined 08/09
21 Aug 2009

Its very good for TD12 Instalation steps

FAQ 6 comments Joined 05/09
23 Aug 2009

Can the email notification be handled intelligently so that it sends an email only once per topic until the user logs back in. e.g. I received 4 notification emails for this topic; I could have done with only one email for the first post after my last login.

lucky 15 comments Joined 12/08
23 Aug 2009

@FAQ: yeah, we know we have a bug there. It's on the list to fix. Sorry for even more notifications ;)

neilotoole 19 comments Joined 11/08
24 Aug 2009

We are currently looking into the multiple email notifications issue; stay tuned.

DevX Platform Architect

17 Nov 2009

excelent Idea , just joined . cant wait to contribute ,...

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