IBM announces Free Software, Learning Resources for Russian Developers

IBM's New Initiative IBM has offered free software and educational resources to aid developers in Russia to construct and organise innovative applications based on open standards and open source.

Software developers, architects and students in Russia will be given free access to software and hundreds of new tools and technical and educational resources that will allow them to easily build open standards-based applications, via IBM’s new initiative.

Developers can download free versions of IBM middleware, IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and IBM DB2 Universal Database Express-C, as well as access trial code, tutorials, technical forums, emerging technologies and blogs where IBM technical experts share their tips and expertise.

IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition is an open source-based application server that helps developers lessen the difficulty of application development by pre-integrating the most common services for building Java-based applications. The customisable software features a small footprint, making it easy to download and manage. IBM DB2 Universal Database Express-C offers the same core DB2 data server in a smaller package designed for use in software development, deployment, redistribution and embedding within applications.

The company said the launch of IBM developerWorks Russia could help developers sharpen their skills and stay on top of rising trends. Developers can access the free software and new resources on the developerWorks Russia Web site.

Developers can use the new resources to build skills in technologies such as Linux, Java and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), while becoming more proficient in software development tools such as IBM Rational software and Eclipse. For example, a developer tasked with creating a new application for his client that uses a popular scripting language, such as PHP, alongside the Java language, could find resources to help him complete the project.

IBM said that providing free access to software and educational resources is part of its global initiative to help speed up the development and adoption of open standards-based solutions in emerging markets, such as China, India, Russia and Brazil, as well as in established markets worldwide.

The launch of developerWorks Russia is the latest step in an effort to reach Russian developers. Russia has one of the largest, growing developer populations in the world, which is fueled by its large IT student population. In 2004, IBM announced an expansion of the IBM Innovation Center in Moscow, which has offered porting and testing services to more than 100 ISVs, helping them deliver open standards-based solutions to market faster.

General manager, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM, Buell Duncan said, “As governments and clients in emerging markets increasingly move toward adopting open standards-based solutions, regions such as Russia are whole heartedly embracing these emerging technologies.” Duncan continued, “IBM is committed to developing long-standing relationships with software developers and arming them with the top-notch software and resources they need to build and deploy open standards-based solutions.”

IBM also sponsored the first Russian Tech Tour, which brought about 50 venture capital firms to Russia to introduce them to 20 pioneering high tech companies in different development stages. The company said that through its Academic Initiative, it has worked with more than 45 Russian universities to drive open standards skills among Russia’s growing student population.