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DeveloperDerby 2010 – day 1 (update 17:30)

by Frank Dorst on March 4, 2010 · 0 comments

On Friday the 5th of March, the 5th edition of the Whitehorses DeveloperDerby will start. The DeveloperDerby is a yearly event where teams of Whitehorses colleagues compete in a development battle. The DeveloperDerby is always great fun and this year the heat is on.

DeveloperDerby team programming

Impression from DeveloperDerby 2009

For the DeveloperDerby 2010 we have 4 competing teams, each using a different technology stack:

  1. Oracle Application Express (APEX)
  2. Ruby on Rails
  3. Wicket with Cayenne
  4. Oracle ADF

Each team consists of 2 or 3 colleagues.

Friday morning, after a healthy breakfast of croissants and currant buns, the envelops with the case is handed out. After that, the competition is on. Friday until 9pm and Saturday morning from 8:00 until noon.

Every team gets 10 minutes to demo and “sell” their solution to a professional jury. After that, the winner is called based on realized functionality, team work and agile skills.

Please let us know which technology you think has the best chance by voting in our poll and add your comments below this post. We’ll keep you updated on the progress on this site and through Twitter with hash tag #developerderby.

— [update 11:30] ———————————

In stead of a case with extensively specified requirements, the challenge for the DeveloperDerby 2010 is much more realistic. This morning the teams are presented a real life business case by 2 executives from Ricoh. Only two Powerpoint slides and a 5 minute presentation is the basis. After that, each team gets 15 minutes with the “customer” and this evening another 15 minutes.This gives a new dimension to the DeveloperDerby, because teams have more freedom to build a solution.

Every team has had its first customer call and they are all working on their solution. Technology stacks are running and some heated functional discussions are taking place.

I’m curious if the new approach to the case will give some of the technologies an advantage. Let us know your thoughts through our poll:

Which tech stack will win the DeveloperDerby 2010?

  • Application Express (64%, 14 Votes)
  • Wicket / Cayenne (18%, 4 Votes)
  • ADF (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Ruby on Rails (5%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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— [update 13:30] ———————————

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— [update 17:30] ———————————

With daylight now almost gone, it’s good to see how much the teams have already created. Because we don’t want to leak highly classified information, I can’t show any screen shots yet.

Until this year the team using Application Express always won. Except last year, when there was no APEX team. This year I’m not so sure. All I can say is, that we might have a close finish.

Diner is on its way and after that, the teams can work until 9pm to finish the day. I am very curious to see how far they’ve come then.

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