This story was written by Keith Dawson for UBM DeusM’s community Web site Develop in the Cloud, sponsored by AT&T. It is archived here for informational purposes only because the Develop in the Cloud site is no more. This material is Copyright 2012 by UBM DeusM.

Welcome to Develop in the Cloud

There are as many reasons for developers to join this community as there are developers in the cloud.

It's a truism that computing in the cloud is changing everything. It's changing the way technology is used in corporations, and it's changing the ways developers work -- at all levels, from individual to enterprise.

You can work anywhere. Anywhere there is wired or wireless connectivity: home, coffee shop, office, on the road, at the lake. Your storage is in the cloud. Your database is in the cloud. Your tools may be in the cloud: IDE, repository, even debugger.

You can learn at your own pace and at any level. Resources for coming up to speed about all aspects of programming and development are widely available, many for free. More are being developed continuously. Prestigious universities are getting into the game.

You can work with anybody. The tools for collaboration are legion, from chat and video to translation to shared repositories to real-time multi-party editing of source files.

You can deploy with abandon. The cloud has taken the hassle and stress out of deploying applications. When they are ready you can open them to the world with a few clicks. Robustness and scaleability are built-in.

The tools and resources for developers in the cloud are evolving rapidly. Vendors, open-source projects, ISVs, and individuals are daily introducing more whatever-you'd-like-as-a-service options.

Here at Develop in the Cloud we'll be bringing you news, analysis, and opinions about all of this and more as it evolves. Our expert bloggers -- software developers, testers, designers, documenters, veteran technology journalists, and industry analysts -- will be working overtime to keep you ahead of the curve. On the discussion boards and live chats we'll all share what has worked, what hasn't, and how to make development better, faster, and more satisfying.

We'll be talking about tools, techniques, and resources, in the cloud and more locally based. We'll be exploring how developers work, where they work, where they choose to live, and how they go mobile. We'll look into hackathons, programming contests, and meetups. We'll touch on shared work spaces, incubators, and jams and jellies. And, always, we'll be executing technical deep-dives into languages, architecture, algorithms, and more.

So, join in the conversation and help us continue to build out a community that is committed to helping developers work better and smarter, and have more fun along the way.