September 11th, 2007
Ok, ok - I know it’s been way too long since the last update.
Our progress here at the Throwdown seems to have stagnated, and
so there has been no real update to pass along. Yet again, I
don’t think anybody realized the amount of work that was
involved and as we all know the paying customers come first. My
judges are very busy
people and that’s probably why we value
their opinion so much.
That being said, I know (probably more than anyone) that there is a dire need
to bring this contest to some sort of closure. We may either open the voting up
to the public, or pursue another alternative that is still in the works, and
which I won’t comment on yet.
Competitors: feel free to continue to vent to me your frustrations, concerns,
questions, & comments. I know you’re anxious and you’ve been very patient thus
far. I’m happy to listen to anything you have to say — and if you have any ideas
for me, then I’m open to those as well.
May 4th, 2007
Hey, what do you know… it’s an update! We’re seeing the light at the end of
the tunnel - the projects are still being judged but we’re getting there! I
wanted to give everyone a heads-up that the Conference Prizes (to php|tek and
the International PHP Conference - Spring Edition, as listed on the
Prizes Page) have changed due to
the timing of our Throwdown results. We will now be offering a pass to php|works
(usually held in the fall) and a pass to the International PHP Conference’s Fall
Edition. Sorry for the inconvenience of this and I hope it doesn’t screw up
anybody’s plans too badly.
Yet Another Update
March 15th, 2007
Yes, I understand you are anxious to see who the winners are, as am I. But
I’d like to ask that you bear with us for a little longer. We’ve all been
swamped at our “real jobs” and thus it’s taking us longer to sift through the
large amount of submissions than I’d hoped and expected. Rest assured, we are
making progress and I hope to have this thing wrapped up by the end of March.
(Hey, cut me some slack, the Rails guys took like 4 months to announce the
winners of their RailsDay and it’s only been 6 weeks for us. )
To give you a quick stats update, roughly 1/3 of the 117 competitors who
signed up actually made it through and produced something functional. We’re
still waiting on the READMEs of a few teams, and it was interesting to note that
not many people were using Frameworks. Only a few were using well-known
frameworks at that - seems we as developers still like our flexibility and our
freedom to code how we want. The most popular category was “Anything Goes” which
also supports that theory.
We’re getting there - but if anyone has any extra time they’d like to donate
to the cause (and who didn’t compete) then please let me know at elizabeth [at]
naramore [dot] net.
Update on the Results
February 13th, 2007
Many of you have asked about the results of the contest and
when they’ll be announced. While I can’t set a specific date as
yet, I can say that we’re diligently working on getting all the
apps installed and sorted out. They will be in the judges
hands in the next few days and we’ll go from there. We’re all
anxious to see the winning app!
I sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience as we get through
this last stage of the competition. I understand the
time-sensitive nature of the prizes and we promise to not keep
you waiting any longer than necessary. Thanks for bearing with