/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 progress worldwide. 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 developers worldwide. "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 College, London. 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: http://www.sun.com/edu/developer . About Sun Microsystems, Inc. A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets. Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at sun.com. Subscribe to Sun newswire at http://sun.com/news . FOR MORE INFORMATION Carrie Kasten Sun Microsystems, Inc. 347-534-2093 firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris, NetBeans, Sun Studio and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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