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Posted by editor on November 21, 2008 at 6:43 AM PST

Are programming contests worth your time and talent?

Dan Frommer of Silicon Valley Insider has posted a snarky article, Motorola's Plan To Woo iPhone Coders: Bribery, Widgets that mocks a new developer contest:

Motorola's new "Widget Developer Challenge" will award lucky winners prizes up to $25,000 -- $200,000 in total prizes -- and "global exposure." All you have to do is join Motorola's developer program, learn their widget system, make something cool, and if you're lucky, profit.

And then plan to forget everything you've learned -- because Motorola will be throwing it away anyway.

Dan's point is that the WebKit/Linux-based WebUI platform that the contest targets is not going to be on Motorola's upcoming phones, as the company is moving to Android and Windows Mobile.

But, in the bigger picture, what do you think about developer contests? They're a common way to launch platforms or get developers to dig into APIs that have been published -- indeed, our current Spotlight is on the Project Darkstar Developer Challenge -- but how often do you take the bait? Do you learn a platform just for the sake of a contest? Or do you enter a contest if you're already working with that platform and think it might be worth your while? Or do you have better things to do than code up contest entries?

It seemed like an interesting question, so we used it for the new Poll, which asks "Do you enter programming contests?" Cast your vote on the front page, then visit the results page for current tallies and discussion.

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Can you get to it by means of the link in InfoQ's story:

I can't read Chet's comparison with any of my browsers. Something about cookies not being allowed, which is nonsense. Now I see why Jerry went home. Yahoo is still struggling to master Web 1.0.