Software Briefs: Austrade, Sun, Game Plan

Software Briefs: Austrade, Sun, Game Plan

Oz coders hit San Fran

Austrade has re-jigged its selection criteria for choosing which Australian developers get to tour San Francisco for the annual Silicon Valley High Tech Tour this year. Rather than ask for submissions from Australian IT companies which then pitch for a spot on the tour, Austrade has opened up the marketing and development exercise to any developers that throw cash on the table. A place on the tour, which runs from June 5-7, will cost $1900. In the days before the tour (June 2-4), the ANZA Technology Network is holding its debut showcase of Australian and New Zealand-born technologies in San Francisco.

Sun mobilises Java

Sun Microsystems has cut developers loose from the wired world, announcing that the next version of its Forte for Java developer tool will be specially designed for creating applications to run on wireless devices. Now two years in the making, Forte for Java is Sun's IDE (integrated development environment) based on technology developed through the open-source project NetBeans. It is a modular application programming environment which allows developers to plug in various tools, such as debuggers and compilers, and use them in a single environment.

Calling all clusters

The Victorian Government is so thrilled with recent initiatives to boost the success of its game development industry (the ‘Game Plan' strategy), it is seeking submissions from the wider IT industry on what market niche it should next pour some cash into. The Bracks Government's ‘Next Wave Program' aims to identify and incubate emerging clusters in the Victorian ICT industry. Once found, these areas will receive four annual grants of up to $100,000 from the Victorian Government. Project funding will be available for research and development, business planning, trade fairs and conferences and the development of marketing material.

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