Judging INETA’s Component Code Challenge

I was asked to judge the INETA’s Component Code Challenge a few weeks ago so I gladly accepted figuring it would be pretty fun.  Along with esteemed colleagues, Bill Evjen and Scott Cate we were asked to evaluate, rank and vote on application submissions from a variety of folks built on a number of different parts of the .NET stack.

What i grossly underestimated was how impressive the entries were and what a time-suck this would be.  It is just amazing to me the amount of developer productivity these guys got by using controls.  I was told to judge based on the following criteria and man, was it difficult….

1.     Effective use of a component to solve a problem/display data

2.     Innovative use of components

3.     Impact using components (i.e. reduction in lines of code written, increased productivity, etc.)

4.     Most creative use of a component.

Although I have until EOD today, March 24, 2011 I am done with my judging.  I’m not allowed to post my favorite here, because winners are not announced yet.  but, I’d love to do a subsequent blog post because the entries are awesome.

The Prizes are cool:

  • 2 Tech·Ed Scholarships: The top 2 entries, as determined by our judges, will receive a scholarship to Tech·Ed 2011 in Atlanta including air, hotel, and conference pass.
  • 10 Prize Packs: The top ten entrants will receive a prize pack full of full licenses to controls and other goodies donated by our vendors.
and since I’m speaking at TechEd i’m looking forward to meeting the winners.
It goes without saying that the winners will be announced on the INETA site.

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