Prague, Czech Republic, September 18, 2007 — JetBrains®, creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing applications, today announced its second plugin competition for IntelliJ® IDEA, the company's award-winning Java IDE (integrated development environment). The JetBrains development team will consider all IntelliJ IDEA 7.0-compatible plugins submitted during the contest, dubbed the IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest.
Top entries will win their developers a combined total of 57,000 USD, with over 15,000 USD in cash prizes and more than 42,000 USD in software licenses from JetBrains and other Java-oriented vendors.
Based on the last year's success, JetBrains plans to make Plugin Contests an annual event. "The first IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin contest provided an unprecedented opportunity for IntelliJ IDEA users and other Java developers to show their skills and creativity," said Ann Oreshnikova, JetBrains Marketing Director. "It also gave IntelliJ IDEA users about 63 new plugins, with top entries receiving substantial prizes. This year, the entire IntelliJ IDEA community will again benefit from the influx of new and useful extensions for their IDE of choice. We anticipate this new installment once more to inspire the best of the best to participate, share and compete for terrific awards."
All contest entries, regardless of whether they win a prize, join the ranks of hundreds of popular IntelliJ IDEA extensions already available in the new IntelliJ IDEA Plugin Repository (http://plugins.intellij.net/).
Developers can submit plugins in any of 90 top-level categories in the IntelliJ IDEA plugin ecosystem, and they may create plugins that fall into new categories. Existing plugins cover a wide range of applications, from code editing enhancement and Java EE development facilitation all the way to just plain fun things. Entered plugins will be judged according to their usefulness, creativity and elegance, completeness, code quality, and documentation.
IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest entrants may enter new plugins or may add functionality to existing plugins. New functionality must be developed specifically for this plugin competition as only the new functionality will be judged.
Eligible plugins must be compatible with the IntelliJ IDEA 6.x and/or 7.0 Open API (the latest Milestone of which is available at http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/nextversion) and must be submitted under a Berkeley Standard Distribution (BSD) open source license (for information on this license, visit http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php) or under an Apache License (for information visit http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.html).
IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest cash prizes will include:
Grand Prize: 7,000 USD
Second Prize: 4,000 USD
Third Prize: 2,000 USD
Team Leader's Personal Prize: 1,000 USD
Honorable Mention (3 awarded): 350 USD Amazon.com Gift Certificate
All winners of cash prizes will also receive personal licenses for IntelliJ IDEA and JetBrains TeamCity, plus different packages of free licenses for other Java development tools from these third-party sponsors:
Atlassian (www.atlassian.com) — Jira, Confluence, Clover, FishEye, Crucible
Excelsior (www.excelsior-usa.com) — Excelsior JET
Sixth and Red River Software (www.sixthandredriver.com) — LockSmith, CodeDependency, InspectorGeneral
ej-technologies (www.ej-technologies.com) — JProfiler
FormDev Software (www.jformdesigner.com) — JFormDesigner
ProductiveMe (www.productiveme.com) — BuildDesk
MB Technologies (http://www.bindows.com) — Bindows
In addition, all contest entrants whose submissions meet the contest entry guidelines will receive a commemorative contest T-shirt.
Contest entries will be accepted beginning September 17, 2007. The deadline for submitting completed plugins is December 21, 2007. Winners will be announced January 21, 2008.
Complete information on entering, including official rules, eligibility, terms and conditions, and submission procedures, can be found on the contest home page at http://plugins.intellij.net/contest.
JetBrains is a technology-leading software development firm specializing in the creation of intelligent, productivity-enhancing software. The company is widely known for its innovative, award-winning Java integrated development environment, IntelliJ IDEA (see details on the Web at http://www.jetbrains.com/idea), ReSharper for .NET developers (see http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper), dotTrace profiler for .NET applications (see http://www.jetbrains.com/profiler), and TeamCity, a cross-platform team productivity environment (see http://www.jetbrains.com/teamcity).
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