In 2007, the first Plat_Forms contest took place with support of Zend Technologies, University of Berlin, Heise Publishing Company and OSBF. It was a web development platform comparison like it had never been done before: 9 teams in controlled environment doing the same task in a limited time. During that time, the team of Prof. Lutz Prechelt collected data and after the contest, the results together with the data regarding the workflow of the individual teams was evaluated in a scientific way.
Back then, the PHP teams had outperformed Java and Perl in terms of development productivity and usability of the resulting applications. The results of this contests helped to position PHP in many large organisations because they proved common prejudices against PHP wrong: No, PHP is not insecure, no it is not slow, etc.
In 2011 a second contest was helt with 16 teams. Unfortunately the results were not that inspiring this time (as shown here some time ago). Now the third event of this kind is coming up:
Plat_Forms 2012 will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
Plat_Forms 2012 will focus on scalability and cloud computing. Unlike
in 2007 and 2011, this year's teams will implement a highly scalable
web service on Amazon Web Service infrastructure.
Again, multiple teams consisting of 3 persons each are invited for each web programming platform: PHP, Ruby, Perl, Java. They are searching for strong PHP teams with the will to compete.
We're talking about this at the office, and I am wondering what this is for exactly and how the contest is being run.
The announcement is a little short on these facts. Like what exactly is the objective with this contest?
A friend of mine took part in a platforms contest a few years back and he mentioned a 30 page spec and stuff like that. Is it supposed to be fun or is it to figure out how people (coding in different languages) handle stress?
Well, i took part with a team in 2007 and it was indeed fun. The time limit of course makes it a challenge. But then again: What would a competition be without challenge?
The organizers are very nice, competent people. And the PHP teams were the last at the bar at night (while still delivering great results).
There is no after show party however, and no go-go girls Since it is a scientific funding behind that, the evaluation of the contest results is the center of interest here. But if sponsors decide to provide for a better surrounding program, i guess they are welcome ...
Regarding the announcement: die you read this?: