IBM Sweetens Cloudscape Pot with Developer Challenge
A loaded ThinkPad T42 will be the first prize in Big Blue's contest, which aims to coax developers into writing solid software for its open-sourced Cloudscape database.Big Blue is taking a page from Computer Associates International Inc. when it comes to building community around Cloudscape, the Java database it recently donated to the Apache Software Foundation. Both companies are offering prizes for the best software written for their open-source databases, although IBMs wee prizesto be announced at ApacheCon 2004 US next week in Las Vegasdo pale in comparison with CAs $1 million challenge. According to the ApacheCon site, IBM is donating goodies including a first prize of a ThinkPad T42 with 1GB memory, a 40GB disk, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM and integrated wireless networking. Another prize will be a free round-trip airline ticket, from anywhere in the world, with a full registration packet to ApacheCon 2005 EU and complementary registration to ApacheCon 2005 US.
The contest involves developing code using the Apache Derby ProjectIBMs name for the open-source package of which the Cloudscape database is one central piece. A free, half-day tutorial devoted to Derby will take place Sunday at ApacheCon.