FrontBase Inc. today announced FrontBase Developer Connection (FDC), which the company bills as a developer rewards program. Under the terms of the new program, developers can earn points that will give them rebates for hardware they buy in the Apple Store.
FrontBase is the first scalable relational database for Mac OS X. The software is fully SQL 92 compliant.
Registered developers that belong to the Frontbase Developer Connection earn a point for every dollar they spend on FrontBase technology, and 15 of these points will buy US$1 worth of product at the Apple Store. Developers can purchase whatever hardware they want from the Apple Store — they then remit a receipt and their FDC number to FrontBase and the company rewards them with a rebate based on the amount they’ve earned.
As a practical example, if an FDC developer or their customers buy a FrontBase “Small Business Bundle” for US$14,999, their account will be credited 14,999 points. That purchase would enable them to get a rebate of almost $1,000 on any hardware purchase they make at the Apple Store. The points are credited any time a FrontBase product or service is purchased — including software licenses, support or training.
Developers can earn points in other ways, too — FrontBase will reward developers with 2,000 points by displaying a “Powered by FrontBase” logo on a site they’ve developed; creating a FrontBase home page link to information about their FrontBase-powered application; or by creating a link to the FrontBase home page about their FrontBase-powered Web site. Developers will also be eligible to receive 1,000 points every month when FrontBase Inc. selects best-of-breed responses to questions posted on the fb-dev mailing list.
FrontBase Inc. CEO and founder Geert Clemmensen explained that his company set out to create a developer program they’d want to be in.
“Our FDC program is unique in that it provides immediate, real rewards for developers who create business solutions using FrontBase. The other great thing is that once you are part of the FDC program, you can earn points just by using FrontBase,” said Clemmensen.
The FrontBase Developer Connection program is now available in Standard and Professional tiers. Standard costs US$3,000 and includes Chris J. Dates’ book, A Guide to The SQL Standard Two (2) $999 E-Business licenses with full resale rights. One (1) Multiple Instance Support package (a $1,499 value). 5,000 points are credited to your FDC account.
Professional costs $5,000 and includes: Chris J. Dates’ book, A Guide to The SQL Standard Three (3) $999 E-Business licenses OR One (1) E-Enterprise license (both options have full resale rights). FrontBase Embedded Support package (a $2,999 value). 10,000 points are credited to your FDC account.
Developers who join the FDC program by September 30, 2001 are also eligible to purchase Apple’s WebObjects 5 software from FrontBase for $99 — $600 off the list price. Developers who are interested in taking advantage of the promotion are encouraged to
e-mail FrontBase for details, or call at 949.455.2913.