Platform bake-off declared a tie

J2EE and .Net were both declared winners from bake-offs held last week as part of Software Education Associates' development conference.

Two pairs of programmers were set projects in Wellington and Melbourne, where the conference was staged. Microsoft's .Net platform won in Wellington, where the task was to create a course registration application in three hours.

But the result was reversed in Melbourne later in the week, where the programmer teams had a day to write a web-based fault reporting application. US software tester James Bach judged the quality of the code in both Wellington and Melbourne.

In Wellington, the .Net pair produced a working application by deadline, while the J2EE programmers were held up by indecisiveness about tool choice. But the J2EE effort received more votes from a partisan crowd when the two applications were put to the popular vote.

The Wellington J2EE team was Computerworld NZ columnist Bryan Dollery and Richard Hawkes, while in Melbourne Dollery was paired with Colin Garlick. The .Net pair in Wellington were Stewart Baird and Derek Watson. In Melbourne, Baird was joined by Australian Peter Stanski.

Garlick, a Software Education tutor who played the role of project manager for the Wellington bake-off, was roped in to the J2EE team in Melbourne. He says it was his first experience with the platform; normally he's a C++ programmer.

"It's certainly easy to write JSP pages with it," Garlick says.

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