That's right, while we've enjoyed our time as part of www.zdnet.com.au since June 2002, we've launched Builder AU as its own Web site.
Builder AU is a community-driven Web site by developers, for developers that is dedicated to the Australian software development community. Content will be shaped according to what topics you, the community, want to hear about. We want to provide you with a Web site that covers all technologies in a non-partisan way that provides you with solutions, not flame wars.
Whilst the look and feel of the site will be changing we will continue to bring you expert opinion, advice, tips, hints and tutorials on all technologies, platforms and tools no matter what type of software licence to help you find the right solutions to your real world problems.
The changes you will see to the site will not simply be cosmetic or template changes, we are also introducing a host of new features including:
Help shape your community by sharing your experiences and opinions about the topics that concern you and your peers. Forums are a great way for readers to share ideas, help out with technical problems, discuss the latest trends and announce events to the wider developer community. I strongly encourage readers to sign-up and start using forums now.
Want to read the latest local and international news that affects you? While we will continue to increase our technical editorial we will also provide a dedicated news area, with an archive of all posted news stories. If you have a news tip to share e-mail the editors at Builder AU.
The new Builder AU Web site will feature reviews of related developer products including developer tools, books, software, and relevant hardware available that will help you make informed, authoritative decisions on future purchases.
Ask the Expert
A popular part of Builder AU has been the -Ask the Expert" area. A success with readers, we have revamped the area with a new Web form to submit questions and a dedicated area so readers can view previously asked questions and answers.
If you are a current subscriber to our technical newsletters, you will continue to receive these but they will have a new look under the Builder AU brand. All e-mail newsletters are opt-in and members will easily be able to subscribe, unsubscribe and modify their user profiles in one central membership centre.
While the launch is significant, I would like to think of it as Version 1.0 and we will look to provide even more functionality and features in the future. Of course all of these new features and content will continue to be free with no cost to our readers.
If you would like to recommend a new feature for the Builder AU site feel free to e-mail me with your suggestion at firstname.lastname@example.org.