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New BEA dev2dev Portal and Program Delivers Resources and Training for All Levels of Developer Experience

BEA Expands Commitment to Developer Community with Comprehensive Offerings to Support Development on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform


High Wycombe, UK- BEA eWORLD 2002 CONFERENCE - Feb. 25, 2002 -Building on its wide-reaching commitment to the developer community, BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), the world's leading application infrastructure software company, today announced the launch of BEA dev2dev (dev2dev.bea.com), a comprehensive developer program devoted to ensuring the success of developers on the market-leading BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform(tm). BEA's new dev2dev offering - which includes a new developer portal, integrated package of education and training, tools, support, and community programs aimed at developers of all levels of technical knowledge and experience - is the cornerstone of BEA's strategy to become the most important development platform for the millions of developers worldwide who work on building, extending or integrating enterprise applications.

As part of BEA dev2dev, the company also announced a new platform subscription service that will formally launch in the first half of the year. The service will offer a tiered set of services where developers can receive extended-evaluation developer seats for all BEA products and will bring together all BEA APIs, SDKs, software patches as well as other technical samples, content and information in one searchable package. Regular updates will give developers the ability to automatically receive the latest product fixes and enhancements in a predictable and reliable fashion.

Unanimously recognised as the Java application server market leader, the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform has emerged as the developers' platform of choice for a standards-based application infrastructure, along with an integrated development framework and run-time environment. (See today's separate news release, "BEA WebLogic Workshop(tm) Unlocks the Power of J2EE and Web Services for Millions of Application Developers.")

BEA dev2dev expands BEA's commitment to the developer community and provides developers the ability to broaden their skills and marketability with all the resources needed to learn, work and excel on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform. Together with BEA WebLogic Workshop, BEA dev2dev is designed to help bridge the gap between enterprise developers - whose main tasks are building mission-critical enterprise applications - and application developers - whose main focus has been on building or extending the functionality applications and who have typically worked in high-level or RAD programming languages. Previously, these two distinct groups of developers have had no way of sharing a common code base - for example, code cannot be shared back and forth between Visual Basic and C# programmers. The ability to have these two types of developers working on the same platform will lead to significant productivity gains, collaboration and greater optimisation of IT resources.

"While J2EE continues to evolve as an enterprise standard, there are still many developers who have been 'left behind' due to complexity of the language and specs," said Alan Zenreich, director, Ness Technologies, a leading provider of IT services. "BEA dev2dev, along with other new BEA offerings, helps dramatically simplify development and makes Java accessible to a much wider range of developers."
"BEA has made substantive changes to its developer program, improving the quality and organisation of a broader and deeper range of resources, from communications to tools," said Steve McHale, senior channels analyst at IDC. "These changes are organised in a way that mirrors the developer lifecycle, and should make BEA as a better partner, from product conceptualisation through go-to-market."


"The Developers' API"

Functioning as 'the developers' API,' BEA dev2dev delivers the core set of resources that developers need to build enterprise solutions on the BEA platform. The new BEA dev2dev portal provides a single point of entry into a wealth of comprehensive programs, resources, networking and training that will help developers find the tools they need to get their projects done quickly and efficiently, while at the same time advancing their careers. Furthermore, BEA dev2dev promotes productivity and innovation through its support of best-of-breed development and industry-leading technologies. It will also offer members access to tools and solutions from a range of independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners; information on XML, J2EE, Web Services and other critical development technologies; training from third parties; articles from independent journals; books from top technical publishers, and a wide range of opportunities for the BEA developer community to leverage its respective knowledge-base and share best practices.


BEA dev2dev Programs & Resources


Developers can immediately register for BEA dev2dev today and gain access to the key resources offered by BEA dev2dev, including:


* BEA dev2dev Online- an integrated developer portal, featuring code samples, technical articles written by BEA's top engineers and experts in the BEA developer community, support FAQs, discussion forums, and newsgroups. Developers can customise the content on the site based on personal interests and level of experience.


* BEA dev2dev Dispatch - BEA's new developer newsletter; featuring the latest product news and updates, technical articles from BEA experts and developer community members, special offers and promotions, developer and partner news, and training and seminar updates.


* BEA dev2dev User Group Program - delivering development information and resources, speaker connections, access to experts, and special offers on BEA and third-party software, training, books and events to developer groups and special interest groups.


* BEA dev2dev Events - delivering a variety of training events, seminars and conferences, including BEA eWorld, Webinars, regional developer seminars and other educational events.


* BEA dev2dev University Program - enabling college and university instructors to integrate BEA platform technologies into their academic courseware to help students stay current with the latest application infrastructure technology. The program provides free software, support, training discounts and other resources to universities that offer computer science, engineering, and other information systems courses.


* Access to Expert Third-party Publications - such as the WebLogic Developer's Journal ( http://www.sys-con.com/weblogic), published by SYS-CON Media, which features technical articles, product reviews, and other features written by experts in the BEA developer community. The BEA dev2dev team also works with the leading technical book publishers to bring to market in-depth educational and how-to texts on developing on the BEA platform. New BEA titles from Apress, Hungry Minds, McGraw-Hill, O'Reilly, Prentice Hall, SAMS Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Wrox will be released later in 2002.


* BEA Dev2Dev Subscription Service - Later this year, BEA will further build out BEA dev2dev with a software subscription service, which will provide BEA developers and partners with a consolidated offering of critical resources to help build customer applications and solutions. It will include application and software development kits, patches, technical support and the most-up-to-date technical tools and information, making it even easier to build and implement solutions with BEA's technology. BEA's forthcoming subscription services will offer multiple levels of service ranging from a free evaluation to an enterprise-level offering that will deliver a rich product and support package.


For more information and registration on BEA dev2dev, please visit http://dev2dev.bea.com


Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


Some of the statements in this press release are forward-looking, including the statements regarding the launch, features and benefits of the new platform subscription service and dev2dev (the "Solutions"). Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties BEA faces that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with: any unforeseen technical difficulties related to the final development and launch of the Solutions and any technological changes in the markets addressed by the Solutions which could required feature changes in the Solutions. Readers should also refer to the risk disclosures set forth in BEA's 10-Q for the quarter ended October 31, 2001, as filed with the SEC and subsequent reports filed thereafter from time-to-time with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and BEA does not assume any obligation to update such statements nor the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.




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