The Code Project, Mainsoft Announce Winners of 'Race to Linux'

Cross-Platform Race Challenged Microsoft Developers to

Port ASP.NET Apps to Linux

Oct 11, 2005, 01:00 ET from Mainsoft Corporation

    TORONTO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Code Project, a
 virtual community of 2.3 million Visual Studio(R) developers worldwide, today
 announced the winners of the first-ever "Race to Linux(R)," sponsored by
 Mainsoft(R) Corporation and IBM(R).  The Race to Linux challenged developers
 to port three of Microsoft's(R) open-source ASP.NET starter kits from Windows
 to Linux using their cross-platform tool of choice (e.g. Mono, Grasshopper
 from Mainsoft, PHP or Macromedia).  More than 200 developers registered for
 the competition.
     The winners are:
     -- Brian Hendrickson, president and lead developer of Oregon-based
        Megapump, Inc.  Hendrickson used PHP and PostgreSQL to rewrite
        Microsoft's Issue Tracker Starter Kit and deploy it on Linux.
     -- Abishek Bellamkonda, an Australian software developer and consultant,
        who used Grasshopper, a freely available plug-in to the Visual Studio
        .NET IDE, and SQL Server 2000 to port the Time Tracker Starter Kit
        and Reports Tracker Starter Kit to Tomcat to run on Linux.
     -- Juan Ignacio de Paula, a software developer from Uruguay, used Mono and
        Firebird to port Microsoft's open source Time Tracker Starter Kit and
        Reports Tracker Starter Kit to Linux.
     The winners of each race were the first to submit ASP.NET starter kits
 that run on Linux.  Successful submissions were visually identical to the
 original ASP.NET starter kits, and could be used to execute a series of
 functionalities specific to each application.
     The Code Project used an IBM eServer xSeries machine running SuSE Linux 9
 to judge the entries.  Prizes were also awarded to Mark Cafazzo, a software
 developer based in Canada, and Hector Armando Rodriguez Esparza, the owner of
 a Mexico-based Web solutions firm, for their outstanding Grasshopper
     "We're very pleased with the outcome of the race," said Chris Maunder,
 leader of The Code Project.  "The winners demonstrated that, contrary to
 popular belief, porting ASP.NET applications to run on Linux isn't only
 possible, it can be done quickly and, in some cases, relatively easily."
     Reactions from race participants varied:
     "I found the migrations to be relatively easy," said Bellamkonda, who used
 Mainsoft's Grasshopper to port two of the starter kits to Linux.  "I admit I
 had a few hiccups, but for the most part, Grasshopper did the work for me."
 Bellamkonda estimates needing less than four hours to migrate both the Time
 Tracker and Reports Tracker starter kits to run on Linux.  "It was almost
     "Congratulations to the Mono team for making .NET to Linux porting so
 easy!" said de Paula, who used Mono for the first time during the Race to
 Linux.  "Mono makes Linux accessible to every enthusiastic developer, and not
 just to Linux gurus.  Besides a few exceptions, I didn't even need to touch
 the original ASP.NET files to deliver a 100% Linux solution!"
     "Porting the ASP.NET application for the Race to Linux has been quite a
 challenge," said Hendrickson, who implemented much of the Issue Tracker
 functionality in PHP using his own IDE, Code Stylist and a small, persistent
 PHP framework with a data access layer.  "I could have submitted my entry the
 same day, but the contest requirements stipulated that the ported application
 should look nearly identical to the original."   Hendrickson estimates he
 spent 23 hours to port the application to run on Linux.
     Mainsoft, which launched a Linux for Visual Studio .NET developers program
 ( ) this summer, reports an increasing demand for its
 cross-platform technologies.  In a recent survey, 90 percent of developers
 visiting Mainsoft's developer zone want to take existing .NET applications to
 Linux and across platforms.
     "It's exciting to see how quickly Visual Studio developers can get their
 ASP.NET applications up and running on Linux and other Java-enabled platforms,
 without having to rewrite your code," said Laurence Moroney, senior architect,
 Mainsoft.  "For individual developers and IT organizations alike, cross-
 platform development and porting tools like Grasshopper and Mono free you from
 vendor lock, and give you easy access to Linux' high scalability, security and
     "This is a testament to the value of having applications run across
 hardware and operating system platforms," said Scott Handy, Vice President of
 Worldwide Linux Strategy for IBM.  "Migrating .NET applications with Mainsoft
 reduces the cost barrier for ISVs to tap into the exploding Linux server
 market, which is growing four times faster than the Windows server market."
     About The Code Project
     Founded in 1999, The Code Project is a professional online community
 catering to IT professionals working with Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET
 technologies. comprises over 10,000 knowledge base articles
 and has more than 2,300,000 members.  Amid the dizzying array of development
 websites, stands apart with a continued and on-going
 commitment to quality, community and the empowerment of software developers.
     About Mainsoft Corporation
     Founded in 1993, Mainsoft Corporation, the cross-platform development
 company, enables businesses to develop mission-critical applications with
 Visual Studio software and deploy them natively on J2EE(TM), UNIX(R) and Linux
 platforms, dramatically reducing development costs and time-to-market. The
 company is a first-mover in cross-platform development. Its world-class
 research and development team has created patented cross-platform products
 that solve critical problems facing independent software vendors (ISVs) and IT
 organizations. Many of the world's largest ISVs including Siebel, Computer
 Associates and IBM Rational, use Mainsoft's products to extend the
 productivity of Microsoft Visual Studio, deploying more than $1 billion worth
 of software annually on multiple operating systems. For more information,
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