Today while browsing developerworks, I came across this tutorial which explain how to setup your system to create an web application from free softwares suits from IBM ie DB2 express-C, Eclipse and WAS Community edition. The tutorial explain how to install, configure and integrate these component and start creating your application. I think this will be beneficial for the students for their projects and at the same time for the people who likes to learn and create their sample web application and see the power of this suit. Here are what this tutorial cover in 2 part sessions.
# Downloading and installing DB2 Express-C 9.5
# Creating databases and manipulating data with tools in DB2 Express-C 9.5
# Downloading and installing Application Server 2.0
# Managing Application Server through the Web console
# Connecting Application Server to DB2 Express-C 9.5 using a JCA 1.5 connector
# Downloading and installing Eclipse
# Installing the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) server adapter for Application Server (formerly called the Application Server plug-in for Eclipse)
# Managing, browsing, and editing DB2 Express-C 9.5 data through the Eclipse IDE
# Testing Web applications in Eclipse using existing Application Server installation
# Rapidly developing and testing a JSP/JSTL Web application in Eclipse, with data access to DB2 Express-C 9.5, and deploying it to Application Server
# Configuring Application Server as a general Web server on the Internet
And here is the link to the tutorial first part
So enjoy reading and create your web application for free.