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Ruby on Rails contest in Japan July 19, 2006

Posted by fukumimi in Internet, IT, Japan.
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Ruby on Rails, the open source web framework, has attracted some attention as the underlying framework utilised by some high profile “Web 2.0” services.

Ruby was originally the brainchild of a Japanese programmer Yukihiro Matsumoto (aka Matz), and the Rails framework was developed by David Heinemeier Hansson, a Danish hacker  (He was recognised as Best Hacker of the Year at OSCON ’05).

Drecom, the newly listed blog/CMS/etc developer is sponsoring a Ruby on Rails development contest (website at http://rails.drecom.jp), with the winner expected to be announced on July 31st.

Regardless of the merits of a company with sales in single digit millions (USD), the bulk of which are associated with strategic investors who are likely to make a huge capital gain when they are able to offload their shares, with a product whose main product, blog hosting software, which is difficult at best to differentiate from competitive products being traded at a PER or 400+, it is nice to see companies holding events like these even if it is an exercise in publicity (and/or recruitment) first and foremost.

The winner gets 1M JPY (about $8500), with runners-up prizes of 100,000JPY. Judges include Matz, Gen Taguchi, the man behind 100Shiki.com a popular blog showcasing interesting concepts from abroad, and Masaki Fujimoto, the CTO of social networking site Gree.jp.

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