What is Plat_Forms?

"Plat_Forms" is a contest and competition in which top-class teams of three programmers compete to implement the same requirements for a web-based system within two days, using different technology platforms (e.g. Java, .NET, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Scala, Smalltalk, JavaScript or what-have-you).

Its purpose is not to determine "the" best platform, but rather to provide new insights into the real (rather than purported) pros, cons, and emergent properties of each platform. The evaluation will analyze many aspects of each solution, both external (scalability, functionality, reliability, security, performance, etc.) and internal (structure, modularity, understandability, flexibility, etc.).

In just 2 days, the teams will implement as much of the requested functionality as they can and at the same time optimize the usefulness of the resulting system (functionality, usability, reliability, etc.), the understandability of the code, the modifiability of the system design, the efficiency and scalability.

The contest will be conducted on October, 9-10, 2012. At the end of the 2 days, the teams hand over their source code and a turnkey-runnable VMware configuration of their system.


  • before Fri 2012-09-07 Teams apply for participation

  • Fri 2012-09-14 Teams are notified whether they will be admitted to the contest

  • Mon 2012-10-08 Teams set up their development environments at the contest site

  • Tue 2012-10-09, 9:00 The contest starts.

  • Tue 2012-10-09, 10:00 The teams start developing

  • Wed 2012-10-10, 18:00 The teams stop developing software and hand over their result

  • Fri 2012-10-12, 16:00 (that is, 15:00 UTC) The teams submit post-hoc design documentation.

  • Thu 2012-10-11 Evaluation of the systems starts


The Plat_Forms organisers will supply food and drinks for the participants, but does not pay for any accommodation. We hope, we can get some sponsors for this and for transport to and from the event :).

Perl and Plat_Forms

We, of course, want to represent Perl at this event. But we need teams and sponsorships to make this happen. Sadly the end of the registration is very near, but I think that we still have a chance to gather some productive and business effective working teams. A team has 3 people. We can register a maximum of 4 teams.

Companies may wish to enter a team of their own developers, as this gives them a chance to perform in a new and different environment, test themselves as a team against others, and see how other teams work together. As well as these opportunities, companies should also consider just sponsoring your most famous web framework to help send a team to show that it IS the best web framework! :-) Please help us make this a representative event for the modern Perl world. Sadly the result of last year weren't that good, and we think, we can do better ;).

If you want to participate you must give us your details before Fri 2012-09-07, as then the registration for the event closes. Our contact email is at the end. If you want to sponsor the event, you can also contact us after the registration end date, but please ASAP :).

So far announced Teams



Torsten Raudssus organizes the team and the sponsorships this year, so if you want to see your team here or would like to sponsor, please contact him (ASAP):

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