Sybase Courts Developers With Free Software

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-08-04 Print this article Print

The company is giving a sneak peek at the upcoming update of its enterprise database and developer edition of SQL Anywhere Studio.

Database maker Sybase Inc. is giving it all away. The Dublin, Calif., company on Monday announced a program to give customers a sneak peek at the upcoming update of its enterprise database, Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5.1. It also announced it will hand over a copy of a Developer Edition of SQL Anywhere Studio 9—the companys mobile and embedded database—to any developer who joins the iAnywhere Solutions Developer Community. The announcements come as Sybase gets ready to greet about 2,000 devotees at its annual TechWave Conference, which gets under way on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
The free Early Adopter Program starts immediately and will be in effect until ASE 12.5.1 is generally available in the fall. New features in ASE 12.5.1 are designed to lower total cost of ownership for database-driven applications, including self-management, content management and integration technologies, and enhanced security and privacy controls.
Participants in the Early Adopter Program get their hands on the beta software fast and also get the chance to offer feedback. Sybase provides more information on the program on its Web site. With regard to giving away SQL Anywhere Studio 9 Developer Edition, Sybase Senior Group Product Manager Mike Paola said Sybase is out to arm developers who are investigating emerging technologies such as Wi-Fi. "Developers are saying they want to start experimenting with those technologies and need an easy and convenient way to get started," said Paola, in Waterloo, Ontario. "By having a free developer edition, were arming them with the technology to easily get started." Sybase tied the free edition to its developer community because it has extensive resources to help wireless newbies, Paola said, including white papers, code snippets and consultants opinions. Issues that arise specifically when developing for handhelds include those that pertain to screen sizes, input mechanisms, interrupted network connectivity, storage and synchronization of data on local devices, attempts to limit transmission of data due to coverage or cost issues, and ability to integrate with existing enterprise systems, Paola said—and such issues are what the developer community is geared to help resolve.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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