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Friday, September 12, 2008

Internal QNH Rad Race 2008

26th and 27th of September, our company organizes the second internal Rad (Rapid Application Development) race. A Rad race is a competition in which several teams compete against each other to build an application in 1.5 days. The team which completes the most functionality wins. The teams consist of two people which work together and are responsible for creating their own development environment including version control, choice of IDE etc. They also choose their own technology to build the application in. It is your own responsibility to choose a technology you are familiar with. The technology we use to build the application is Grails and IntelliJ as our IDE. We find the Grails framework (and Groovy) very productive and a pleasure to work with (which is partly due to IntelliJ, one of the best IDE’s I have worked with).

The competition is tough though. There are 12 other teams which use the following technology:

  • PHP / Ruby on Rails

  • .NET

  • Oracle / APEX

  • Flex, Spring

  • Spring MVC

  • GWT, Spring and Hibernate

  • Wicket, Spring and Hibernate

Although several factors come into play which determine who is the winner, it is nice to see the pros and cons of each technology during the competition.

We will keep you updated!
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