This will be a great news for all the XML/ XQuery language developers. There is a International DB2 Users Group ~ IDUG contest/ competition especially for the students, professional, hobbyists and anyone who like programming and wish to participate the contest to challenge themselves with others for the great prizes.
The grant prizes for each categories of the contest.
There are three categories of the contest open for public to participate.
1. The video mania contest. This contest is opened to both students and professional developers. You are required to invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 then record the whole process as a video format file then submit it before 28 February 2009.
2. The query challenge contest. It is a way for you to learn the XML and query language that related to DB2 and make use of your knowledge into practice, you challenge is to apply the knowledge to the real life through witting queries to find the multiple choice answers in an XML version of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) world fact book. you can use the XQuery to find five answers, and the best queries has written will able to win the grant prize.
3. The programming contest, and this contest is only open for students and maximum persons within the team is four members. The most important thing on the programming is the data, while XML is pervasive in the way data in stored, exchanged, analyzed, transferred and also being processed. DB2 9 is the first of its data server to store both relational and XML data side by side. So this is a challenge for those participants to build an application that uses IBM’s breakthrough technology, they need to explain to the judges how to install, run and evaluate their application, and point out the advantages of the pure XML or XML technologies that has been built by themselves.
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