/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), founder and
lead advocate for Java(TM) technology, today introduced the Sun(SM) Developer
Network (SDN) Student Developer Program, along with a 10-point action plan to
provide students, researchers and game developers with $180 million in free
training, tools, resources and grants to join millions of others in today's
most exciting computing communities.
The program extends the company's commitment to share its technology as
part of the Share the Opportunity global giving initiative to increase network
accessibility and provide opportunities for global economic growth and social
The comprehensive SDN Student Developer Program entitles students to free
copies of the Sun Java(TM) Studio Enterprise, NetBeans(TM) Mobility Pack, Sun
Studio(TM) 10, the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS) and many other Sun
software products; training in the Solaris 10 OS; a 10 percent discount on
Barnes & Noble books to qualifying students; and access to a valuable Sun
hardware and software grant. To view the complete program offerings, go to:
http://www.sun.com/edu/developer/ . To register and receive the Student
Connection newsletter, go to: http://developers.sun.com/register .
The program brings to students the benefits of the already successful SDN,
a comprehensive program and web site supporting the more than 4.5 million Java
"This new program gives student developers the tools, training and
resources they need to maximize their marketability as they enter today's
hottest fields in software development, including gaming, life sciences and
open-source software," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and
Research, Sun Microsystems. "We're pushing the envelope of knowledge and
innovation from a reliable software footing and providing it to the community
to help further expand opportunities for student developers worldwide."
"Application and systems performance never go out of fashion in computer
science, and we are pleased to see Sun taking the lead in expanding the
community of skilled technicians who can help us crack some of today's most
challenging scientific questions," said Professor John Darlington, Imperial
To help prepare students for a career in high-performance computing, and
quickly realize the benefits of the SDN Student Developer Program, Sun
developed a 10-point plan of action, including the following recommendations
for student developers:
-- Download the Solaris 10 OS, Sun Studio 10 and many other software
platforms for free;
-- Take a free Sun Academic Initiative (SAI) training class;
-- Join an open-source project such as OpenSolaris, OpenOffice.org or
NetBeans, and contribute;
-- Access computer game development resources;
-- Actively participate with other developers worldwide in the Java and
Solaris forums; and
-- Join fellow developers for training at Sun Tech Days in a city nearby.
For more information and to sign up, go to:
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