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1.EZQual: Virtual Lab for Free

Application Development with Sun, the Easy Way

Sun’s online Virtual Lab environment makes it easy to develop, port, and test your application. The Lab features pre-installed SPARC or x86 processor-based Sun servers with Sun Studio Development Tools, Java SE, Sun’s Cool Stack, MySQL, Solaris 10, OpenSolaris and more. Access this secure development environment over the Internet utilizing Sun’s Secure Global Desktop Software. And, with available email Developer Support, we make it easy for you to deliver the performance, security and stability that your customers demand on the Free and Open Solaris Operating System.

2. GlassFish Technology Partner Offering

The GlassFish Technology Partner Offering provides opportunities for partners to connect with the thriving GlassFish community – to dialog and drive business with the thousands of developers and enterprise professionals who access GlassFish community resources every day.

Offering Benefits Includes:

  • Profile in GlassFish Technology Partner Showcase
  • Banner Advertising on GlassFish Product Pages and Blogs
  • Links on GlassFish Product Pages
  • Mailings to Opt-In Mailing Lists
  • Training Discounts

3.Partner Directories

The Sun Partner Directories offer partners increased sales potential by enabling potential customers to search the databases by location, partner type, horizontal/vertical segment, specialties, partner designations, or partner name. Additionally, the Directories incorporate banner placements capabilities increasing visibility and awareness for participating companies. The Directories also provide increased relationship development opportunities, as they can be used to find complementary partners with whom one can build joint Sun, strengthening Sun’s offerings to the end user.

We invite you to browse the Sun Partner Directories and Sun Software Library to better understand the potential in these tools.

Specific program offerings vary based on your membership level.

4. Logos and Branding

As a technology leader for more than 20 years, Sun is a powerful brand in today’s IT environment. And Sun looks to partners to help provide complete end-to-end solutions and drive complimentary customer relationships. Hence Sun offers partners the opportunity to effectively leverage Sun’s brand equity and reputation for innovation with logos that accurately reflect the connection they share with Sun.

Thus Sun offers partners of the Sun Partner Advantage Program the exclusive opportunity to utilize specially developed logos:

Get, use, and profit from the Sun Partner Advantage Program logo and name in partner-branded marketing materials or business communications.

Branding your applications with the Java Powered "cup and steam" logo tells the world that your products provide a rich, exciting digital experience.

When you display the Solaris Ready logo your customers know your solutions are interoperable with the Solaris Operating System on UltraSPARC and x86 server platforms.

Specific program offerings vary based on your membership level. If you are already a Sun Partner, use the login box at the right to access the Membership Center. If your company is a member of the Sun Partner Advantage Program, but you do not have your own password, add yourself as a contact.

5. Developer Support

Kick Start Development with Free Support

The Developer Support offering provides free technical support for independent software vendors (ISVs). This offering covers "how to" configuration, installation questions and API questions among others and is offered 5 days a week (Monday through Friday), 8 hours per day. Developer Support helps ISVs get started quickly, create efficient software designs and get products to market fast.

Developer Support is available to Sun Partner Advantage Program participants in English worldwide with the exception of Russia and Japan.

If you are already a Sun Partner, use the login box at the right to access the Membership Center. If your company is a participant in the Sun Partner Advantage Program but you do not have your own password, add yourself as a contact.


The Art of Estimating a Project Plan (Agile Model)

Estimation of features is a critical part of the software development process, especially if you are using an Agile methodology. The ability to accurately estimate features is an often overlooked skill that every developer should have.

As a project engineer, responsible for making sure that we set realistic project timelines and that we actually carry those out. Managing expectations is one of main responsibilities. This is where Agile is so nice — as long as you do it right.

When we start on a new project, usually one of the first things that happens is meeting with the client or whoever is sponsoring the project.

In these initial meetings, at some point we will probably be asked one of two things:

1) how long will it take to accomplish X?

2) how much can we get done before X (some date)?


Agile Project Management Tools

Agile Project Management Tools

  • XPlanner
  • Agilo
  • Agilefant
  • IceScrum
  • XPWeb
  • XPStoryStudio


XPlanner is one of the first web based agile project management tools and it has more features than other products. XPlanner is solid and used by many companies. However it seems XPlanner development was stopped (latest release May-2006).



  • Most feature-complete tool among other free open source products
  • Integrated time tracking
  • Several nice reports like burn down chart
  • Export
  • Email Notifications

  • Hard setup for anyone who do not familiar with Java world
  • No releases, iterations only

Reviews & Opinions

Using XPlanner in real project March 20, 2004 Good opinion April 20, 2006


Agilo based on Trac. The tool is under active development (latest version July 26, 2008). While it has several nice features like timeline, burn down charts and dashboard, integrated wiki, the concept behind Agilo has several flaws. There are no projects in the system, it means if you have several projects you will have to implement a workaround. Iteration and Releases planning is cumbersome, it is not easy to figure out how to create an iteration plan.Still Agilo is one of the best free tools available for agile development.



  • Integrated Wiki
  • Good Burn Down Chart
  • Changes history (timeline)
  • Saved search queries
  • Story can be split to tasks
  • Supports Stories, Bugs and Impediments

  • Not very usable user interface
  • No Projects
  • No planning UI, it is possible to reassign user stories from Edit screen only.
  • People management not present in UI


Interesting web-based tool. The tool is under active development (latest version July 27, 2008). It has some really nice concepts on board. Planning poker powers user stories estimation. Stories represented by cards and there are several useful filters presets. When you add a user story it has template As … I want … In order to … which is nice and helpful.

IceScrum is hard from the beginning, but it has nice features set and can be adopted by agile team. It seems it is the best open source agile project management tool so far.



  • Planning Poker
  • Parking Lot and Burn Down Chart
  • Good Pojects/Releases/Sprints concept support
  • Drag and Drop for Task Board and Estimation
  • Themes support

  • Labels are counterintuitive, many labels are in French, strange navigation sometime
  • Poor documentation (no English manual)
  • Release/Iteration planning is complex
  • Works for small teams only


Agilefant is a web-based tool written on Java and the tool is under active development. It is quite feature rich and allows to create products, projects, iterations, themes and user stories, has time tracking, burn down chart, some people allocations management. It works pretty fast.

The missing features are release and iteration planning. The tool does not have the concept of releases at all and that is strange, since it has products! Almost no reporting, and poor customization. It does not support points units for planning (quite strange for agile tool). User interface has too few screens and some screens looks overburdened (like default project screen which contains project details, themes, backlog, iterations with all details). There are some usability issues, but in general tool is quite easy to grasp. It does not look like a complicated solution. You may try Agilefant for small projects, I don’t think it will be convenient for large projects with 20+ people.



  • Products support and nice Product Roadmap chart
  • Quite easy to use
  • Time tracking
  • Allocations support

  • Points are missing
  • Lack of reporting
  • No releases/iteration planning
  • Poor customizability


The only tool written on PHP. Has quite weird user interface, but quite a lot features. Demo is broken, so some features maybe do not work. The tool does not look as ready for production use in can’t be used for agile project management in large teams



  • Nice Calendar

  • Counterintuitive UI
  • Development almost frozen. Last update early 2006
  • Does not support Releases, Iterations only
  • Lack of integrity, looks like constructed from not very relevant pieces


From the first sight, XPStoryStudio may evolve into good tool, but in reality it was released in beta in 2004 and development stopped after beta release. So if you are not satisfied with current functionality there are no chances to change anything. Tool by itself is quite crude. Some things are good like iterations and user stories with tasks, but usability and user focused functionality is quite poor



  • Automatic installer that works pretty good

  • Broken design in FireFox
  • Problems with reports. They just not there (You will see “The ‘Reporting’ section of this site has not yet been implemented” message in Reports section)
  • No releases, iterations only
  • Seems there will be no more releases. Last update 18-Jan-2004.