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The dev2dev Subscription Program

The dev2dev Subscription Program

The upcoming release of BEA's WebLogic Platform 8.1 marks a breakthrough in application infrastructure technology.

In this release, BEA has delivered on its vision of a unified development environment, enabling any IT developer - from mainstream IT developers to J2EE experts - to participate on any IT project across the platform. Using WebLogic Platform 8.1 developers can now move seamlessly from project to project, easily using and reusing any IT asset in a service-oriented manner. In conjunction with this release, BEA has announced the dev2dev subscription program. This program aims to provide WebLogic developers with greater access to the platform technologies so they can enjoy the benefits of this development environment.

BEA dev2dev subscriptions were launched in March 2003 at BEA's annual eWorld conference, promising three levels of access to BEA development resources: Trial Edition, Platform Edition, and Tools Edition. This article provides an overview of the subscription program, and will review the benefits delivered at each program level.

BEA dev2dev Subscriptions - Trial Edition
The introduction of the Trial Edition is one of the most exciting changes BEA has ever made in its licensing practices. The Trial Subscription delivers free development seats for all developers on the WebLogic Platform. BEA's decision to grant such liberal access to the platform is directly tied to the technology investments that we have made in the product. For example, take BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1. Workshop's simplified programming model and visual development environment make it incredibly easy for developers to build applications. This technology is about making more developers more productive. Because this is BEA's focus, it makes sense for us to make this technology widely available to all developers. This means that developers can come to the dev2dev subscriptions site, http://dev2dev.bea.com/subscriptions, and request that we ship them a CD that contains the latest WebLogic Platform bits and a development license that is good for one year. For developers who would prefer to get started right away, you can also download the bits directly from our site.

BEA dev2dev Subscriptions - Platform Edition
At $850 per developer the Platform Edition is the first of our "premium offerings" within the dev2dev subscription program. The Platform Edition delivers more than just the product bits; it joins the product together with BEA's technical support, partner software, and development resources like WebLogic Developer's Journal. Typically, customers who are interested in the Platform Edition are developers who have moved from the platform evaluation phase to building applications. This shift toward implementation often requires technical support. The Platform Edition delivers BEA Development Support, providing 9x5 Support Center coverage with the ability to log incidents via phone, Web, and fax.

In addition to technical support, the Platform Edition also delivers product maintenance. Platform Edition subscribers receive a welcome kit when they sign up for the program. This kit contains the most current releases of the BEA WebLogic Platform and additional development resources. On a quarterly basis, each subscriber will receive a CD update kit in the mail. These kits will have the latest releases of the WebLogic Platform as well as any public betas that may be available. Of course, products are also available via our download center for immediate download. This enhanced delivery of software maintenance means that developers will always have ready access to the products they need. Over the course of one year, subscribers will build a library of WebLogic Platform resources that they can use for any development project. Whether you're working in your office in a connected state, or traveling in an off-line capacity, you will have what you need to get your job done.

Finally, the Platform Edition provides subscribers with a variety of development resources, including trial editions of BEA and partner software, technical book titles from leading publishers on CD, developer education materials, and a 12-month subscription to WLDJ. All of these elements make the Platform Edition a comprehensive approach to outfitting development on the WebLogic Platform.

BEA dev2dev Subscriptions - Tools Edition
The $4,780 Tools Edition builds on the Platform Edition, and adds to it the benefits of Borland JBuilder, WebLogic Edition. JBuilder, WebLogic Edition is preconfigured and optimized to make building and deployment on WebLogic Server especially easy. Subscribers to the Tools Edition not only receive JBuilder but also receive 12 months of software assurance on their JBuilder license. Once again, support is included in this bundle, as BEA provides technical support for both the WebLogic Platform and JBuilder.

Conclusion
The 8.1 release of the WebLogic Platform will make the WebLogic developer community uniquely productive in building enterprise applications. BEA dev2dev Subscriptions seek to deliver that productivity when you need it, where you need it. BEA dev2dev Subscriptions are available for purchase online and through any BEA sales representative. Specific licensing terms and pricing can be found at http://dev2dev.bea.com/subscriptions.

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Ryan O'Hara is a director of developer marketing for BEA Systems, and manages BEA's dev2dev subscription program. He focuses on building new developer offerings that provide developers with greater access to BEA's platform technologies.

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