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Byte.com: Design Competition Targets Open Source Tools, Methods

Feb 29, 2000, 04:57 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Wilson)

"With $100,000 in prizes as part of its $860,000 grant from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the project is a chance for up-and-coming open source developers to make some money while building their reputation. It is also a big vote of confidence from an organization trying to solve some of the hardest computational problems around. (For more information on the project, check out its website. The competition is open to individuals and teams from any country; first-round entries are due by March 31, 2000.)"

"The long-term aim of the Software Carpentry project is to make it easier for scientists and engineers to adopt good software-engineering practices. In order to do this, the project is funding development of a new generation of basic software tools. The main requirement is that they be easier to use than make, autoconf, and other venerable elements of the standard open source tool kit."

"The first step toward building these tools is a two-stage design competition modeled after those used in fields such as architecture. Entrants in the first round are being asked to submit 5,000-word outlines of what they think tools should look like. A panel of 16 judges (four for each category) will then choose the best four entries in each category. The authors will be awarded $2,500, and invited to submit full designs."

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