DevX.com and Microsoft(R) Launch Prisoner's Dilemma Game to Promote Developer Understanding of .Net Strategy

Players Learn About Web Services, .NET and Windows XP

By Creating Dueling Software Robots



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from DevX.com, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT WEST CONFERENCE -- DevX.com, Inc. (http://www.devx.com),
 the leading provider of information and services for the corporate IT
 development community, today announced from SD West (Booth # 940) the launch
 of its Prisoner's Dilemma contest, hosted on the DevX Windows XP Developer
 Center (http://windowsxp.devx.com).  Based on the classic game-theory
 exercise, Prisoner's Dilemma provides developers with a fun way to compete for
 prizes from Microsoft and Compaq while learning about building Web Services
 within the Microsoft .NET framework and hosting them on Microsoft Windows XP.
     Prisoner's Dilemma involves two newly apprehended partners in crime trying
 to outsmart one another in order to minimize their own jail time.  In DevX's
 adaptation, entrants create software robots that will play the game on their
 behalf, winning and losing points depending on how their strategies play out
 in competition.  The running game is similar to a business exchange: Various
 independent agents communicating, cooperating and competing with each other to
 further their individual goals.  Both the infrastructure of the game and the
 player robots themselves are implemented as "Web Services," an important part
 of the Microsoft .NET Framework.
     "We continually look for ways to connect with our developer audience, and
 as we roll-out .NET and its components, we want to provide them with
 innovative and meaningful ways to learn about the products and the strategy
 behind them," said Joe Ternasky, Software Architect for Microsoft.  "Now,
 developers can learn how easily Web Services can be built and consumed within
 the .NET framework, and how reliably they can be hosted on Windows XP in an
 environment that mirrors how they actually work and simulates the challenges
 of implementation."
     "Our goal in hosting this game is to give developers a fun and easy way to
 learn about Web Services and Microsoft's .NET strategy," said Peter Horan, CEO
 of DevX.com, Inc. "We believe that a head start in understanding how to
 leverage new technology is critical in the fast-paced world of application
 development. Prisoner's Dilemma illustrates our continued commitment to
 providing corporate application developers with the crucial information and
 cutting-edge tools needed to lead technology innovation."
     As developers build their robots, they can utilize the resources on the
 site, which include articles, strategies, downloadable sample robots, links
 and other tools.
     DevX launched the Windows XP Developer Center (http://windowsxp.devx.com)
 for Microsoft in November 2000 to meet the needs of both Microsoft and the
 beta testers of the new operating system during the beta phase of the product.
 The center provides developers with a place to download related software and
 documentation, access expert tips and advice, and discuss their experiences
 with the program.  The Prisoner's Dilemma game expands the site's offerings
 and provides developers with an innovative way to learn about Windows XP and
 the .NET strategy.
 
     Prisoner's Dilemma Background
     Prisoner's Dilemma is a simple exercise employed by game theorists to
 illustrate concepts ranging from price wars to arms races.  The game is
 centered around cooperation and competition and is personified by two
 criminals who have been apprehended by the authorities, leaving each with only
 two choices: to cooperate with the police, or to remain silent.  Each
 prisoner's objective is to minimize his jail sentence.  If both confess, each
 will go to prison for five years; if neither confesses, both go to jail for
 one year; and if one confesses and the other remains silent, the confessor
 retains his freedom and his accomplice goes to jail for the maximum sentence.
 
     About DevX.com, Inc.
     DevX.com, Inc. is the leading provider of technical information and
 services that enable corporate IT development teams to efficiently conquer
 development challenges and keep projects moving.  DevX resources are available
 through three main channels: the category-leading public Website,
 http://www.devx.com; custom-built DevX Corporate Development Portals for
 corporate IT departments; and DevX Vendor Development Portals, which enable
 leading IT vendors to reach a large, influential audience seeking product and
 vendor-specific technical information. Each Portal offering is comprised of a
 tailored mix of "just in time" e-Learning, expert tips, code libraries,
 collaboration tools, and premium content and services.
     DevX.com Inc. (http://www.devx.com ), based in Palo Alto, CA, was formed
 as a spin-off of Fawcette Technical Publications, Inc.
 (http://www.fawcette.com), a publisher of software-development magazines.
 DevX raised initial investment equity in January 2000 from Hummer Winblad
 Venture Partners (http://www.humwin.com), a San Francisco venture capital
 firm.
 
 

SOURCE DevX.com, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT WEST CONFERENCE -- DevX.com, Inc. (http://www.devx.com),
 the leading provider of information and services for the corporate IT
 development community, today announced from SD West (Booth # 940) the launch
 of its Prisoner's Dilemma contest, hosted on the DevX Windows XP Developer
 Center (http://windowsxp.devx.com).  Based on the classic game-theory
 exercise, Prisoner's Dilemma provides developers with a fun way to compete for
 prizes from Microsoft and Compaq while learning about building Web Services
 within the Microsoft .NET framework and hosting them on Microsoft Windows XP.
     Prisoner's Dilemma involves two newly apprehended partners in crime trying
 to outsmart one another in order to minimize their own jail time.  In DevX's
 adaptation, entrants create software robots that will play the game on their
 behalf, winning and losing points depending on how their strategies play out
 in competition.  The running game is similar to a business exchange: Various
 independent agents communicating, cooperating and competing with each other to
 further their individual goals.  Both the infrastructure of the game and the
 player robots themselves are implemented as "Web Services," an important part
 of the Microsoft .NET Framework.
     "We continually look for ways to connect with our developer audience, and
 as we roll-out .NET and its components, we want to provide them with
 innovative and meaningful ways to learn about the products and the strategy
 behind them," said Joe Ternasky, Software Architect for Microsoft.  "Now,
 developers can learn how easily Web Services can be built and consumed within
 the .NET framework, and how reliably they can be hosted on Windows XP in an
 environment that mirrors how they actually work and simulates the challenges
 of implementation."
     "Our goal in hosting this game is to give developers a fun and easy way to
 learn about Web Services and Microsoft's .NET strategy," said Peter Horan, CEO
 of DevX.com, Inc. "We believe that a head start in understanding how to
 leverage new technology is critical in the fast-paced world of application
 development. Prisoner's Dilemma illustrates our continued commitment to
 providing corporate application developers with the crucial information and
 cutting-edge tools needed to lead technology innovation."
     As developers build their robots, they can utilize the resources on the
 site, which include articles, strategies, downloadable sample robots, links
 and other tools.
     DevX launched the Windows XP Developer Center (http://windowsxp.devx.com)
 for Microsoft in November 2000 to meet the needs of both Microsoft and the
 beta testers of the new operating system during the beta phase of the product.
 The center provides developers with a place to download related software and
 documentation, access expert tips and advice, and discuss their experiences
 with the program.  The Prisoner's Dilemma game expands the site's offerings
 and provides developers with an innovative way to learn about Windows XP and
 the .NET strategy.
 
     Prisoner's Dilemma Background
     Prisoner's Dilemma is a simple exercise employed by game theorists to
 illustrate concepts ranging from price wars to arms races.  The game is
 centered around cooperation and competition and is personified by two
 criminals who have been apprehended by the authorities, leaving each with only
 two choices: to cooperate with the police, or to remain silent.  Each
 prisoner's objective is to minimize his jail sentence.  If both confess, each
 will go to prison for five years; if neither confesses, both go to jail for
 one year; and if one confesses and the other remains silent, the confessor
 retains his freedom and his accomplice goes to jail for the maximum sentence.
 
     About DevX.com, Inc.
     DevX.com, Inc. is the leading provider of technical information and
 services that enable corporate IT development teams to efficiently conquer
 development challenges and keep projects moving.  DevX resources are available
 through three main channels: the category-leading public Website,
 http://www.devx.com; custom-built DevX Corporate Development Portals for
 corporate IT departments; and DevX Vendor Development Portals, which enable
 leading IT vendors to reach a large, influential audience seeking product and
 vendor-specific technical information. Each Portal offering is comprised of a
 tailored mix of "just in time" e-Learning, expert tips, code libraries,
 collaboration tools, and premium content and services.
     DevX.com Inc. (http://www.devx.com ), based in Palo Alto, CA, was formed
 as a spin-off of Fawcette Technical Publications, Inc.
 (http://www.fawcette.com), a publisher of software-development magazines.
 DevX raised initial investment equity in January 2000 from Hummer Winblad
 Venture Partners (http://www.humwin.com), a San Francisco venture capital
 firm.
 
 SOURCE  DevX.com, Inc.