Channels ▼

Community Voices

Dr. Dobb's Bloggers

Your Chance to 'Stump the Chump'! Developer Bowl Returns to SD West.

January 21, 2009

I've always had a secret desire to appear on Jeopardy. My mind is full of what my husband terms "useless knowledge": definitions of rare linguistic terms, far-flung capitals and the complete names of D-list celebrity stars from long-forgotten TV shows. If you need a second for your pub quiz team, I'm your gal.

So, it wasn't a surprise to anyone that I lobbied for the return of SD's Developer Bowl during a brainstorming session two years ago. Our version of a TV trivia show was always a lot of fun and has proven to be one of the highlights of SD West for the past two years, with top-notch teams from such companies as Google, IBM, CodeGear, Yahoo and Intel. 

In fact, Google swept the competition in 2007, defeating Yahoo in the first round. CodeGear's team , lead by David Intersimone, competed valiantly against Google in the finals, but the search-engine giant was victorious, thanks to team members Peter Norving (AI Guru), Josh Bloch (Java Superstar), Guido Van Rossum (Python) and Peter Weinberger (creator of awk). In 2008, IBM's team, lead by Chris Laffra, came out on top, narrowly defeating Google in the championship round.

This year, SD's Developer Bowl will be Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 PM at SD West 2009 . I'll be there, timing the rounds with my handy stopwatch (well, cellphone!), along with Dr. Dobb's Editorial Director Jon Erickson, who has graciously agreed to be our Alex Trebek once again.

Which teams will vie for bragging rights this year?  Stay tuned.

What questions will be thrown at them?  Well, that's where you come in. 

We're asking for your help putting together this year's questions. Send me any and all questions related to software development's past heroes, new languages, bleeding-edge open source tools,and other industry-related trivia at [email protected] . If we pick your question, we'll give you your 15 seconds of fame, and let the teams and audience know who to blame!  

OK, send those questions on. I've cleaned out my inbox and am waiting to hear from you.

Related Reading

More Insights

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.