JavaWorld Debuts Code Masters Challenge

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – MAY 1, 2000 – ITworld.com’s JavaWorld, the leading online resource for Java developers and an integral part of the ITworld.com Network, continues to challenge the masterful minds of technology in its monthly Code Masters programming competition. In this month’s contest, JavaWorld (http://www.javaworld.com) challenges readers to creatively demonstrate their problem-solving skills against those of their peers by creating an online chat program.

Every month, JavaWorld posts a new challenge for readers to submit solutions. A distinguished panel of Java experts judges entries based on a clearly defined set of criteria. Source codes of the winning solution and honorable mentions are posted online along with judges' comments and an interview with the winner.

Sponsored by IBM developerWorksTM, the contest has attracted many participants and has already awarded prizes to three talented individuals for their winning entries. Miguel Grinberg created a visual game of life based on triangular cells, Ken Gilmore developed a utility providing developers with a visual tool to create and run applications and produce documentation and Andrew Semprebon designed a game like AsteroidsTM for the KVM running on the Palm OS.

"IBM is honored to be the sole sponsor of this monthly challenge," said Chris Bahr, IBM program director, developerWorks and alphaWorks. "We are pleased to support this unique competition that places IBM squarely in front of talented Java experts, Java users and other enterprise IT professionals with information about IBM developerWorks, a fast, free, online resource for developers. We are proud to sponsor the monthly JavaWorld Code Masters Challenge with a pocket-sized IBM WorkPad PC companion given to each month's winner and an IBM Thinkpad awarded to the grand prize winner at the end of the first eight challenges. To learn more about the winning applications, go to developerWorks at: www.ibm.com/developerWorks, for interviews with the contest winners."

A distinguished panel of Java experts – including Scott Oaks of Sun Microsystems, Frank D. Greco of Crossroads Technologies, Inc., and Paul Philion of Highland Technology Group – reviews the submitted programs based on their applicability, efficiency and reproducibility.

For more information on this month’s Code Masters Challenge or to view past winning entries, visit JavaWorld’s Code Masters homepage at: http://www.javaworld.com/javaworld/codemasters/index.html.

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