By itself, IBM’s recently unveiled DeveloperWorks Open portal is mostly an aggregator for projects IBM has already open-sourced and is trying to highlight. But that doesn’t mean some of the projects aren’t worth extra attention. Here are five of the most useful in categories as diverse as Node.js development, the Spark data-processing framework, the Go language, and Docker containers.
Spark Kernel (Spark/Scala/IPython)
IBM’s full-tilt interest in the Spark data processing framework for Hadoop (and other technologies) has been brewing for some time. This includes more than contributions to Spark, but also new tooling around Spark to make it easier to learn and adopt. Case in point: Spark Kernel, which lets remote applications operate with Spark in real time and can replace the existing Spark Shell.