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Free Spring Schwag? Well, why not!

One of the aspects of my work on Cloud Foundry at VMware / the Pivotal Initiative is, of course, the superb support for the Spring Framework offered on the platform.

If you, too, “speak Spring” like my good buddy and fellow Developer Advocate Josh Long (aka @starbuxman, aka This Week in Spring), then you’ll likely be interested in a small competition we’re running at the moment.

The Spring Bag o’ Swag!

Note – this is not just a bunch of marketing swag (although, who doesn’t like cool t-shirts for FREE?), but there’s also a chance to win a ticket to our big event, SpringOne2GX, later in the year! You definitely don’t want to miss that, last year’s SpringOne2GX was a real highlight of my first year with Cloud Foundry!

We’ve had some great submissions so far! here are just a few:




… and with bonus points for Rod reference


What are you waiting for?!

IBM WebSphere Application Server – free to developers

My friend Per and the guys who write the WebSphere Community Blog have already posted today to note that developers can now download and use WebSphere Application Server version 7.0 for free.

Nada. Zilch. Zip. Nuthin’. Nowt.

What’s the big deal? Well, before now IBM hasn’t made WebSphere Application Server (also known as WAS) available for free, you’ve needed a license. Although the Java Enterprise Edition programming model is broadly the same regardless of the choice of vendor, it’s always a good idea to develop, test and deploy on the same version of the runtime you’ll be using in production. Plus, you get the opportunity to learn more about WAS administration and hone skills with the product. It’s well worth a look.

And look, let’s be honest, I don’t post about WebSphere stuff half as much as I “should” – this is newsworthy stuff. Go take a look.