Ada-Europe Kicks Off First Programming Contest: The Ada Way

In what I think is a fantastic move, Ada-Europe has kicked off its new programming contest: The Ada Way.

The Ada Way is a student programming contest that aims to attract students and educators to Ada. The theme for this years project is a software simulator of a football match. Some of the requirements are:

  • Users must be able to play a single game; support for playing a series of matches, with fixtures and associated rules, is optional and can be omitted.
  • The chosen variant of the game shall be configurable in all relevant parameters, allowing for any of 5-a-side, 7-a-side, and the canonical 11-a-side formats.
  • The members of the squads will feature individually configurable characteristics for, at least, technical and tactical skills, speed, physical parameters including fatigue; some of those parameters shall be dynamic and evolve with the match according to some programmed logic.
  • Each squad shall have a (software) manager able to configure the initial players line up, the initial tactic and to issue commands for tactic changes and substitutions, all subject to the rules of the game as in the corresponding standard.

You get the idea. This is by no means a small two-week project.

Submissions are accepted all through April 2011, and the winner will be announced the May 31. 2011. The submissions will be evaluated by such distinguished Ada experts as John Barnes, Tucker Taft, Joyce Tokar, Pascal Leroy and Ed Schonberg.

A small detail I really liked reading on the Ada Way website was this:

The target platform may be freely chosen between Linux, Windows and MacOS. Portability across them will however be a competitive advantage.

Yes! Cross-platform = competitive advantage. I like that. I like that a lot. Thumbs up Ada-Europe for that decision.

All in all I think this is a fantastic idea, and I really hope that The Ada Way contest get the attention it deserves.

You can read the full announcement here.

Oh, and finally I’d like to congratulate Ada-Europe on a very clean, modern and beautiful design for the contest website. Very nice indeed.

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