Allaire Corporation is so keen to address the shortage of Web developers it claims exists locally that it has donated $50,000 worth of Cold Fusion software to universities around Australia.
Included in the package are Allaire's Cold Fusion 4.0 application and Cold Fusion Studio development tools.
According to Allaire's Asia-Pacific director Nick McNaughton, the shortage of developers is a result of the move away from client/server to Web application server systems and the consequent need to retrain people. "Web application development is dramatically cheaper, significantly quicker to deploy applications and you are able to update the system without having to take down the server. Basically, client/server is dying."
McNaughton indicated that Allaire's University Web Technology initiative has come about because universities are receptive to delivering students that are marketable, and knowledge of Cold Fusion gives students a competitive edge. Students themselves are also already Web-literate.
"Some of the best Web developers in Australia are students or recent graduates who have immersed themselves in Web technologies during their studies," McNaughton said.
"They are fast learners, totally open to new technologies and not constrained by a client/server development background."
Allaire has existing training programs in place for the channel in the form of a monthly partner training program in Sydney and Melbourne that includes product and sales information. Furthermore, its Value Added Partner Program allows Allaire's 20 Australian partners access to software, a listing on Allaire's Web site and the opportunity to work with Allaire at trade shows.
Universities already participating in the University Web Technology scheme include the University of Technology, Sydney; James Cook University; Monash University; The University of NSW; The University of Western Sydney; Edith Cowan University; The University of Melbourne; The University of Newcastle; and Swinburne University of Technology.