The results are in!
Liferay launched its first Twitter contest earlier this month with this tweet. Our guest judge for the two-week long contest was journalist Josette Rigsby from CMS Wire. Josette has carefully looked over each entry, and has provided her expert judgement as follows:
Liferay has managed to combine two of my life long loves - super heroes and code. So when they asked me to judge a contest of developer super powers, I couldn't resist. Almost everyone that has cracked open an editor and created a program has wished for the power to slay issues (and occasionally users). Apparently, some of you wish for a lot more. There were lots of good entries, but many revolved around a few key themes:
- Coding Better: 38%
- Coding Faster: 11%
- Coding Longer: 7%
- Coding More Enjoyably: 30%
- Taking Revenge on Frustrating Problems: 14%
Let's take a look at the entries that stood out the most. In third place is @mariogrimaldi89 for his desire to have the ability to read the client's mind to really understand what he wants [tweet]. We are right there with you, sir. We all know testing is important, and curse not having them when we have to work on somebody else's code. However, the love for testing sometimes briefly disappears when we're the ones writing the code. So, second place goes to @LeoPratlong for his desire to be able to write all tests at once: unit, functional and UI from user stories [tweet]. Last, but certainly not least, first place goes to @ben3342 for his wish to code with his mind, or if that doesn't work out, his beard [tweet]. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone else for taking time to enter.
So, there you have it. Winners will be notified via email to arrange delivery of their cool yet baffling prizes, as described below. Be sure to follow @Liferay for future Twitter contests, and keep rooting for Ray, my favorite superhero!
Ben, Leo, and Mario will each get one of the 3 fabulous prizes!
Col. Fezziwig's Eccid Blaster Steampunk Ray Gun
This Eccid Blaster replica ray gun hearkens back to the days of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Like something out of a Tom Swift novel, the Blaster features incredible detail, hand-painted accents and has a removable "laser" cartridge on top.
The Sphero is simply a robotic ball that rolls around on the floor and is controlled through a virtual joystiq on your smartphone. After you’re finished being easily amused with your control over a plastic ball, download the free apps and have some more fun playing Sphero-integrated games such as a side-scrolling space game and even golf.
Arduino Uno Starter Kit
The Arduino Uno is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega328 (datasheet). It has 14 digital input/output pins (of which 6 can be used as PWM outputs), 6 analog inputs, a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. Pefect for the tinkerer in you!