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Are You an XML Superstar?

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While underway in some countries already, this week saw the North American kickoff of the XML Challenge and the launch of the official worldwide website.

If you haven't already heard about it, the XML Challenge is a major initiative for IDUG and for us, with some not-too-shabby prizes.  Whether you are a student or a professional, there are contests for you, and you can choose to participate as an individual or even as a team.

Julian Stuhler, the IDUG President, does a good job of summarizing why XML is so important and why we're running this contest:
"Members of our user group well know that XML is the next big thing in next generation enterprises," said Julian Stuhler, president of IDUG. "It's changing the way data is handled in every way. With this competition, we're hoping to show that new technologies are important, but not as much as the innovative ways in which people are using them. It's clear to us that the XML revolution has begun. Now it's time to recognize the leaders."

I'll be writing a lot more about the contest in the coming days and weeks, but in the mean time, I'll let the website speak for itself.  

If you haven't already, head on over to and check out which contest you might want to get started with!
  • Video Contest: Invent a creative use of XML, XQuery or DB2 and record yourself doing it.
  • Gadget Contest: Develop a downloadable gadget or widget leveraging DB2.
  • Query Contest: Use XQuery to find five answers. The best queries win the best prizes!
  • Ported App Contest: Port or develop a new app for DB2. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.
  • XML Contest: Win by building useful, user-friendly XML apps from scratch. Enter as an individual or assemble a team.

I couldn't leave this post without wishing a very big congratulations to the team that has worked so hard to get us to this point.  I know there have been a lot of long days (and sleepless nights) getting here, and I think the results speak for themselves.  Great job!