Wednesday Nov 26, 2008

GlassFish and MySQL Student Contest - Winners announced

GlassFish and MySQL student contest winners are announced!

Kolli Bharath from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, India (review, project) and Tomas Augusto Muller, Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil (review, project) won the grand prize of $500 each. There are 7 second prize winners of $250 each.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Meet some of the contest participants here, here, here, and here.

There were lots of great entries and picking one was a tough decision. But luckily the process was simple and clearly defined for all the judges. Each submission was assigned numbers between 1-100 in 8 pre-defined criteria and then a winner was picked. Now, don't ask us about the total marks for each entry or the winning margin ;)

Thanks to all the judges for reviewing the entries!

Here are some guidelines I followed during the review:
  • I looked at the blog and project website, how do I get started ?
  • Is the project site well structured, with links to code, docs, etc ?
  • Is there an installation/user manual ?
  • Is the application a stereotype
  • Is testing (unit, integration, stress, reliability, performance and others) integral part of the project ?
  • Is it a simple JSP/Servlet application or any creative use of GlassFish ? For example, is the participant using Web services, Grizzly Comet, Rails, Grails, Admin console, Monitoring or any such features.
  • Any usability or functionality bugs filed during project development ?
  • How useful is the application in context ?
  • Any NetBeans- or Eclipse-GlassFish integration features used ?
So if you plan to participate in any contest in the future, keep these points in mind :)

If you are interested in advertising your contest entry on this blog, leave a comment on this blog!

Watch out for upcoming contests.

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Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

GlassFish and MySQL Student Contest - 3 steps to earn $500

Are you a student and like to earn $500 ? Here are three steps:
That's all it takes for a chance to win $500. And there are 5 $250 second prizes as well. The prize money comes right in time for winter holiday shopping :)

A pre-compiled list of several projects is available for you to get started. And you can certainly churn an innovative idea from your creative mind!

Make sure to read the contest rules before applying, complete details here. Make sure to submit a substantive feedback since that is an important part of judging the submission.

Do you know:
  • NetBeans IDE allows you to create several Java EE modules like JSP, Servlets, Java Persistence Units, Enterprise Java Beans, Java Server Faces and Web services seamlessly and deploy them directly on GlassFish.
  • Rails and Grails applications can be deployed on GlassFish v2 UR2 as WAR files.
  • Metro is an extensible and highly performant Web services stack in GlassFish. New functionality can be easily added by creating and configuring your pipes.
And there are many more features that allow your developer instincts to contribute something valuable to GlassFish ecosystem. Let those bright minds run free and start working on it today! The contest ends October 22, 2008. is a onestop that provides links to several demos, screencasts, presentations, tutorials that can be leveraged for your curriculum.

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Tuesday Jan 22, 2008

FREE chance to win iPhone - No Purchase Necessary

GlassFish Registration Campaign promises exactly that! Just follow the 4 simple steps:

  1. Download GlassFish v2 UR1 or Java EE 5 SDK Update 4.
  2. Install and register GlassFish (more info around 2:33 min).
  3. Submit your sweepstakes entry.
  4. Increase your chances of the sweepstakes by telling your friends and colleagues about this sweepstakes. If one of them wins, you also win the same prize! Make sure they provide your email address in the referral field.

The sweepstakes start on Jan 23, 2008 and ends on Mar 23, 2008. I'd love to participate but Official Rules would not let me do that :( There is no need to write a blog entry although it would be nice if you do that. This however does not increase your likelihood of winning the iPhone!

What does GlassFish Registration gives you ? - You no longer have to search for all the latest & greatest information about GlassFish. After you register, the following information is available to you in the admin console:

  • Latest news & blogs
  • Support & Training Information
  • Upcoming Events
  • Tech Tips, Articles & Podcast
  • Recently Resolved Issues
  • Adoption Stories

Just imagine the effect of step 4 in the process above. Although it is not mandatory but it greatly improves your chance of winning. So, spread the word and win an iPhone.

Good luck!

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