Thursday May 17, 2012

Oracle Java Olympic Final in Kazakhstan


Last month, 21 of the best university students from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan met for the Oracle Java Olympic Final, a competition in Java programming. It was held at Kazakhstan-British University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. A team of engineers from the Oracle Development center in Saint Petersburg prepared the set of problems to solve during the competition. "It was an intellectual battlefield of Java programming!" exclaimed Alexander Belokrylov, Oracle Java Evangelist.

Each student had five problems to solve and four hours to complete all of them. As in previous round, an automated testing system provided real-time feedback. One contestant raced ahead of the others by completing all the problems in 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, his answer for the final problem (a JavaDB-related task and the most complicated) was incorrect. Another contestant, a woman from Ukraine, solved the the JavaDB task in 1.5 hours correctly, but now she had the other three tasks to complete. This is where it got interesting. The guy in the lead kept submitting solutions to the fourth task, but they were incorrect. Meanwhile, the woman from Ukraine worked her way through the other three tasks. Who would solve all four tasks correctly first? The onlookers were really excited to follow this fight between two great intellects. Finally, the guy in the lead solved the final problem. Congratulations to Igor Ignatiev, from Cheliabinsk, Russia for winning the competition!

Congratulations to all the student who competed, all Java Champions in the making!

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You can follow the Oracle St. Petersburg development team on Twitter @OracleSPB.

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Oracle Java Olympics Between Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan

Last month, 151 universities in 11 locations (Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Donetsk, Tomsk, Odessa, Rostov-on-Don, Ekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Almaty, Kiev, and Samara) competed in the second round of the Oracle Java Olympics.

For two weeks in February, the best university students from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan were invited to compete with each other and prove just how good they are in Java programming.  A team of engineers from Oracle Development center in Saint-Petersburg prepared the set of problems to solve during the competition. To win, participants needed to show deep knowledge of Java technologies from Classloader and NIO to Reflection and JavaDB.

Students in each location had a PC with Oracle JDK 1.7u2 and Netbeans 7.1.  As a testing system, the organizers used the open source software Ejudge (with several tweaks specifically for the competition).  Participants submitted their solutions to the remote server where they were tested by prepared test harnesses. All results were posted in real-time. "I followed the competition coming in from the many sites, and it was a really exciting experience, like a horse race or football game!" exclaimed Java Evangelist Alexander Belokrylov.

Congratulations to everyone who competed! The Olympic finals will on April 4th. 
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