How good are you at developing XML applications? Each person will have a different answer based on their level of experience in using XML, or lack thereof. One thing that is sure is that XML is fast becoming the programming language of choice for developers because of its ease of use and the fact that it is less complex than some of its predecessors. If you have a knack for programming in XML, you will be very happy to know that there is an IDUG contest presently running where you stand a chance of winning some awesome prizes. For those of you who are not aware, IDUG stands for International DB2 Users Group, which according to their website is “… an independent, not-for-profit, user-run organization whose mission is to support and strengthen the information services community by providing the highest quality education and services designed to promote the effective utilization of the DB2 family of products.”
The contest that IDUG has put on is for developers like students, professionals and hobbyists and is aimed at increasing their awareness and familiarity with XQuery, XML and DB2. The competition is split up into five contests and is designed for persons who have different skill levels. If you wish, you can enter one or all five of the contests. The breakdown of the contests is as follows:
Video Contest: Upload a video which is judged by the IDUG community. Prizes for this contest are awarded monthly.
Gadget Contest: Create a small widget or gadget which will be judged by the IDUG community. Prizes for this contest are awarded monthly.
XQuery Challenge: Answer a series of questions by developing queries in XQuery. All correct answers (answer and query structure) are entered to win larger prizes
Port an Application: Port an existing application to use XML, XQuery or DB2. This will be judged by a panel of judges.
Develop an application: Develop a brand new application using XML and/or XQuery. This will be judged by a panel of judges.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the competition website and enter one or all five of the contests. Remember that there are lots of prizes to be won, but the only way that you will be able to stand a chance at winning any of them is to be a part of the competition.