Phase 2 of Design Pattern Contest Starts

Monday November 22nd, 1999

The first phase of the Design Patterns in Mozilla Contest has ended, and the second phase is underway with a deadline of December 5. The patterns submitted in Phase 1 can be found on our contest submission page. You can criticize the entries and use them to guide you in finding other patterns. Be sure to read the rules here.

So far there has been only one contestant so it should be really easy to win some prizes! Finding patterns can be as easy as searching for them by their name with LXR. The Design Patterns book should be available in most libraries, if you do not own it yourself or cannot get it from a friend.

Also, the contest is now accepting entries that contain patterns not only found in the Design Patterns book, but also those documented on the Web. This should make your hunt a bit easier. Be sure to include a link to the pattern definition in your submission.

#3 Phase 2 of Design Pattern Contest Starts

by hto

Tuesday November 23rd, 1999 12:51 AM

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When I first thought about the contest, I thought there would be dozens of people participating, mostly because they were interested either in Mozilla or in Patterns. I thought that since it is so difficult to start hacking Mozilla, it would be much easier to find Patterns from the code. But people seemed to think otherwise.

Admittedly the prize could have been better (and we have an option of upping it now). But the book is good, and it was easy to give it out as a prize because one of the authors sits in the jury. Still, I thought people would do it for the fame and not for the money.

There were several reasons I wanted to organize the contest. I thought it would be fun to participate, it would create good documentation, find and fix bad design, get new people involved in Mozilla and get people to learn about patterns.

The participation could have been better (you can still change that). But something is better than nothing and I am sure the contest has brought new people to Mozilla community even if they haven't participate.

--Heikki Toivonen