Category: Java

DevPinoy Code Contest For October 2008

Whew! It’s been a long time since the last time that we had a cool contest here at DevPinoy and I think it’s about time to start giving away cool stuff those developers who are willing to take the challenge. This time around I’ve decided to make the contest a little bit more interesting than the usual…

Ok, enough with the teaser and on with the contest!

Our challenge this months is to build a Windows-based Bible application in  C#, VB.NET or Java. The idea is to build an application that reads from a Bible database and displays testaments, books, chapters and verses based on these simple requirements:

  1. The user should be able to search for books base on a selected Testament (Old and New).
  2. The user should be able to see the contents of each Book
  3. The user should be able to search the contents of the Bible based on different search criterias like “Luke”, “Genesis 1”, “John 3:16”, “love”, “Abraham” and the application should be able to return the matching results.
  4. The user should be able to jump from one book to another.
  5. The user should be able to jump from one chapter to another.

That is all that is required for the app and it’s up to you to add additional functionalities if you like. You can find the database for this challenge here:

Simple right? Here’s the caveat! You are not allowed to use any third-party library in your solution (Yup! No NHibernate or Hibernate for you buddy!). Everything should be straight up what your language of choice supports. The only acceptable third-party library is a testing and mocking framework as part of your test harness but this is not required.

So what’s the prize? Glad you asked! We are going to chose 2 winners for this contest and they will be able to chose 1 of these lovely prizes courtesy of JetBrains: IntelliJ IDEA, ReSharper, Team City(one Build Agent), dotTrace and JetBrain’s forthcoming Ruby IDE(they don’t have a name for it yet).

So who is entitled to join this contest? This contest is open to all Filipino developers who are willing to take the challenge regardless of location and ofcourse you should be a member of the DevPinoy website.

So how can I participate? All you need to do is finish the application and send it to together with the source code before October 26, 2008 PST. Please include “DevPinoy October 2008 Code Challenge” on the subject line of your email when submitting your code. Please also include a screenshot of your application and your fullname in your submission email.. All submissions would be posted on October 27, 2008 PST in my devpinoy blog so the community can view your work. The announcement of winners will take place on October 29, 2008 PST.

Ready for the challenge? Stop reading, start typing and send your solution as quick as you can!

NetBeans 6.0 is out..

…and it has pure Ruby goodness tied into it! I think I’m going to wash my .NET hands today with Neatbens SOAp enhancements. Congratulations to the great folks from NetBeans! You definetely nailed it this time.

From their official press release:

The focus of NetBeans IDE 6.0 is superior developer productivity with a smarter, faster editor, and the integration of all NetBeans products into one IDE. NetBeans IDE 6.0 features Ruby/JRuby/Ruby on Rails support, enhancements for improved Swing development, a new Visual Game Designer, updated Data Binding support, integrated Profiling, and more. The new installer lets you customize your download preferences–use it to choose the features and runtimes you need.
Highlights of NetBeans IDE 6.0 are:

* Swing GUI Builder
* Intelligent Editor
* Profiler
* Debugger
* Updated Platform APIs

* C/C++ Projects and Templates
* Source Code Editor
* Multiple Configurations
* Class Hierarchy Browser
* File Navigation
* Ruby on Rails Support
* JRuby Runtime
* Code Completion
* Debugger
* Refactoring
* Game Builder
* Device Fragmentation
* SVG Graphics
* Web Services
* Handheld Device / Set Top Box
Web & Java EE
* Visual JSF Design
* Enhanced JavaScript
* AJAX Enabled Components
* CSS Editor
* Web Services & SOA
* XML Schema Editor, XSLT Designer
* WSDL Designer
* BPEL Designer
* Service Assembly Editor
* Deploy to JBI compliant runtime

Awesome! Really awesome! I’ve been using Netbeans on the side(due to my obedience with .NET) and it has been a great experience for me. I have used Java IDEs in the past(Visual Cafe 4 anyone?) and i must say that Netbeans has come along way since the days of old when Eclipse elitist call Netbeans a “a tool for non-serious java developers”. I think this release has proven that NetBeans is valid alternative against the big boys(Eclipse & IntelliJ among others).

Now,  onwards to a cup of Java. 😉

ASP.NET was originally written in Java. What?

Sounds strange but it’s true. Just ask Mark Anders and he’ll tell you the complete story. 😉

“… The original prototype was written in Java. I loved Java as a language and Scott(Guthrie) did too. So it was done in Java, and we took that around to lots of different groups. The first group that we took it to was the tools team. The VB and the InterDev teams were in a feud, and when they saw our demo they liked it. They said, ‘If you build that, we will target it with our tools.”