Because there's more than one kind of hero
The contest is now closed. We cannot accept any more entries. Wait for the winner announcement is a few days. Thanks for all the great submissions.
Here's your chance to win a well-deserved prize for being a good developer — and not just any prize.
Devlicio.us, with the generous support from Microsoft (via Somasegar) and Addison-Wesley, is proud to present you with a contest that will dump a truckload of goodness at your doorstep. This ultimate prize package contains the following items.
- Agile Principles, Patterns, and Practices in C#: Uncle Bob's must-have work. This book needs to be part of your Agile and OOD bookshelf.
- Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software: Eric Evans describes DDD and how your software design can benefit from it.
- Applying Domain-Driven Design and Patterns: Armed with the DDD knowlegde, now it's time to let Jimmy Nilsson show us how to implement solid .NET code.
- Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture: In this classic, Martin Fowler lays down the law on how an enterprise application needs to be designed.
- Working Effectively with Legacy Code: We've all been there. It's hard and Michael Feathers does a great job in guiding us through the challenges and techniques to get you out of the quicksand.
- Implementing Lean Software Development: This book by Tom and Mary Poppendieck distills practices to optimize the development process.
- The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master: No list of this caliber would be complete without Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas' ultimate guide to developer proficiency.
- Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite + MSDN Premium: No need for explanations here. A $10K+ retail value item with all you'll ever need in terms of Microsoft technology.
I hope the prizes got you excited. I actually envy you because I cannot participate. The contest is pretty simple.
We are looking for success stories. Submit a true story that happened to you or your team where adopting good software development practices rescued a project or even the entire organization. The stories we want to award are
the ones that demonstrate a direct relation between good practices or good design (or both) and successful solutions. Examples:
- Continuous Integration saved my job.
- DDD made my application survive the test of time.
- My team went from grumpy to engaged after we introduced collective design ownership.
Submit your stories by email or using the Contact link to any of the Devlicio.us bloggers
between today (June 5th 2008) and ~2 weeks from today (June 20th 2008 by 5 PM ET GMT-4:00).
The winner will be chosen by voting among the Devlicio.us bloggers. This might take up to 1 week.
The winner story will be announced on Devlicio.us on or before June 20th and it will become a guest blog post on the blog to which it was submitted (so remember to protect the innocent in your story.)
Shortly after that, the winner will be contacted for mailing address information and the prize will be shipped.
Other stories might be selected to feature as blog posts as well - with or without any prizes.
The stories need to be of your own personal experience, within your team or your organization. Since the story has a chance of being posted in Devlicio.us, make sure the people and organizations mentioned in the story are OK with that or replace their names.
We think we can ship the prize anywhere but if you're not in the U.S. and there's some form of export or import regulation that prohibits the shipment of software or even the books, then we may not be able to send it to you.
Get to the writing already
We are anxious to hear your stories. Prizes like these don't come by often and we really want to reward someone for doing the right thing.
06-05-2008 6:02 PM