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SOA Software Development Contest

Cretaceous Software hereby announces the SOA Software Development Contest, a programming competition featuring a grand prize of up to $5000.00 in tuition assistance.

Are you a talented developer who likes to master new, cutting-edge technologies? Are you interested in tackling the unique challenges associated with service oriented architecture? Would you like to have someone else pay your tuition next semester? If so, then grab a can of Red Bull, download the latest version of the Delve SOA Toolkit, and get cracking. The coolest, most impressive project making use of Tectonic, the world's first true service-oriented programming language, will earn its author up to $5000.00 toward his or her next tuition payment.

Contest entries will be accepted between April 10 and May 1, and the winner will be announced no later than June 15. The award will take the form of a check issued directly to the post-secondary institution the winner attends.

Question:  The announcement reads "up to $5000.00." Exactly what is the size of the award?
Answer:  The size of the award is ($5 x n) where "n" is the number of individuals who enter the contest and fulfill the minimum requirements. The minimum award size, regardless of the number of entries, is $1000.00 and the maximum is $5000.00. For instance, if 400 valid entries are received, then the size of the award will be $2000.00.
Question:  What are the minimum requirements?
Answer:  The entry must be authored using Delve, include at least 1000 lines of Tectonic code, and be original.
Question:  What do you mean by "original."
Answer:  Plagiarism and entries that are derived from other entries (you know what we mean--a change here and a change there and few global search-and-replaces do not an original program make). If your CS professor wouldn't accept it, neither will we.
Question:  Who is eligible to enter the contest?
Answer:  Anyone, but the winner's award is paid out directly to an accredited U.S. university, so it really only makes sense for students at such institutions to enter. If contestants not attending accredited U.S. universities do decide to enter, the best entries will be awarded "honorable mention," with the grand prize reserved for those able to take advantage of it.
Question:  What about seniors on their last term? There's no way for them to collect the award.
Answer:   Yes, too bad for them. Or you, if you're one of them. If you're about to graduate find someone who's not and help them with their contest entry. They'll be ever so grateful, and we know you're all about the philanthropy.
Question:   I'm thinking about entering, but I'm not all that familiar with SOA. How can I get up to speed quickly enough to be competitive?
Answer:   No, problem, just check out xmlhowto.org. They have loads of free primers and tutorials to help you out. You won't even have to register.
Question:   Delve is a commercial product, and there's no open-source alternative. Are contestants expected to purchase it?
Answer: Not at all. The downloadable version of Delve provides a six-week free trial?plenty of time to complete a contest entry.

Additional questions regarding the contest can be sent to inquiries@cretaceoussoftware.com

Contest Details

The "SOA Software Development Contest" is a software authoring contest being held by Cretaceous Software, Inc. a U.S.-based corporation. Contestants will submit entries consisting of source code written in the Tectonic computer programming language. Entries will be accepted between 12:00 AM on April 10, 2008 and 12:00 PM on May 1, 2008.

Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity, general programming acumen, the degree to which utilize a wide range of the Tectonic programming language's unique features, and the contestant's demonstrated understanding service-oriented architectural principles. Entries must be submitted via email as a single compressed ("zipped") file, and must include any instructions required to assemble any projects or resources included in the entry. Instructions pertaining to use of the executable software created using the entry's source code should also be included, consisting of 500 words or less. The winner will be announced no later than July 1, 2008. Entries will be judged by individuals representing Cretaceous Software Inc. Email used to submit entries should include the following information pertaining to the contestant:
    1.   The full name of the contestant (first, middle, last)
    2.   The contestant's phone number
    3.   The contestant's email address (if different than the one used to submit the entry)
    4.   The contestant's mailing address
    5.   The name of the accredited four-year university which the contestant attends
    6.   Contact information for university's bursar's office, or other department used to submit tuition payments

A single grand prize will be awarded, a tuition grant paid directly to an accredited U.S. university attended by the winning contestant. Said grant will be paid no earlier than July 15, 2008 and no later than September 1, 2008. Cretaceous Software will contact the university designated by the winning contestant in order to determine the appropriate date upon which funds should be transferred to said institution.

To be eligible for the grand prize, a contestant must be attending an accredited U.S. University during the 2008/2009 school year. It is the responsibility of the winning contestant to contact his/her university (if necessary) in order to make any arrangements necessary for Cretaceous Software to provide funds on the contestant's behalf.

The grand prize amount is variable, and not to exceed $5000.00 USD. The size of the award is ($5 x n) where "n" is the number of individuals who enter the contest and fulfill the minimum requirements. The minimum award size is $1000.00 USD.

Source code contained in contest entries must include at least 1000 individual statements and must be original. Plagiarism will not be tolerated! Entries failing to conform to the latter clause may be disqualified due to plagiarism. Cretaceous Software reserves the right to examine all contest entries for instances of plagiarism and takes no responsibility for comprehensively identifying the guilty parties--any and all entries bearing a distinct similarity to other entries may be disqualified at Cretaceous Software's discretion.

Contestants are free to submit as many contest entries as they wish. However, if one entry is disqualified on grounds of plagiarism (see paragraph above) then all of the contestant's entries will be disqualified.

Employees of Cretaceous Software and family members of those employees are not eligible to participate in the contest.

All entries become the exclusive property of Cretaceous Software Inc

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