By Maijaliisa Burkert on Apr 20, 2009
Part of my job at Sun is to monitor the Web for news, reviews, blogs, and general chatter around some of Sun's products, such as JavaFX. I have found that there are many eager and enthusiastic JavaFX developers around the world who are building all sorts of exciting and unique applications with this language and are posting blogs reviewing the product as well as blogs on how they built their own app.
There are a lot of JavaFX enthusiasts outside the U.S. and as I monitor the Web I often come across the blogs of Sun's Campus Ambassadors, many of whom are doing their part to help their classmates learn JavaFX.
I personally like coming across a blog such as one last week from a Sun Ambassador in China who was giving a presentation to his classmates and had posted photos of the room filled with students eager to use JavaFX.
On each of their blogs I thank them for their efforts, and also am encouraging them to spread the word about the JavaFX Coding Challenge, that is now under way.
In the JavaFX Coding Challenge Sun is offering a number of prizes, with a top award of $25,000 in addition to cash prizes of $10,000 and $5,000. There is a special category for students at an accredited college or university, with three $1,500 cash prizes that will be awarded to the top student applications. Students will not be limited to competing in this category, and will also be eligible to vie for the larger prizes as well. Additionally, Sun will award up to 100 honorable mentions, which will each earn a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
What better opportunity to get more students or developers in general to try out JavaFX? The contest ends on May 29th, so there is still plenty of time to get to work!