BEA Systems is offering free, one-year trial development licences to its WebLogic Enterprise Platform, a package that bundles a number of BEA's programming and integration tools.
The free trial offer, announced during BEA's annual user conference in Orlando, is part of a tiered pricing programme called BEA dev2dev Subscriptions.
Trial users are offered a 12-month software licence allowing five IP connections, for non-production use only.
BEA offers two higher subscription levels. The Platform Edition subscription, priced at $599 (£380) each, includes technical support, quarterly software updates shipped on CD, a one-year subscription to WebLogic Developer's Journal and trial software from BEA partners.
BEA's Tools Edition subscription, which costs $4,659 (£2,956), includes everything in the Platform edition plus a licence for Borland Software's JBuilder 8, WebLogic Edition Java applications development software.
Both the Platform and Tools Edition subscriptions do not expire.
Dev2dev subscriptions are available online at dev2dev.bea.com/.