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What is PIE Theory?

April 30, 2009

Two interesting things happened last week. First, someone posted a comment to a previous blog of mine on JavaFX, pointing to a site called www.pietheory.com. Then, they requested to follow me on Twitter (@ericjbruno). Since I was traveling at the time, I visited the site via my iPhone, and thought it was very odd. It turns out that it's an online game where you receive challenges that involve writing JavaFX Script code to solve. That's pretty cool. 

In fact, it's a very different sort of marketing campaign than you would have expected. The goal is to drive adoption and learning for JavaFX in a fun and entertaining way. It's meant to be very engaging and interactive. And so far, the level of interaction has been very high. It started out very stealthy, via videos posted on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXGNNji3kFc) where people reportedly witness strange events. It's progressed into an all-out marketing campaign/online game with an educational twist.

To begin your own paranormal adventure, go to www.pietheory.com, register, and download your "recruitment kit" for either Mac OS X or Windows. After that, you're free to begin the game and solve the challenges presented to you. The challenges aim to both progress the game, help you solve the mystery of PIE and JUMP, and learn JavaFX programming at the same time. The game will end with a "Season Finale" at some point in June, and there will be a special event at JavaOne, planned to take place at the Java Pavilion. Details will be announced beforehand.

My suggestion is to go for it! Have fun and learn about JavaFX at the same time. If you have questions about JavaFX programming, you can also check out my new book (which I co-authored with Jim Clarke and Jim Connors) here: 
 
 
Also, for more entertaining information on PIE Theory, check out these sites:
 
http://lysithea.6te.net/PIETheory/Welcome.html

http://www.pietheory.com

Finally, check out www.javafx.com for more on JavaFX in general.

Happy Coding!
-EJB

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