Plat_Forms is an international programming contest. It aims at comparing different technological platforms for developing web-based applications: Java EE, .NET/ASP, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby-on-Rails.

Selecting the right technology for any particular software project is very important and there is consequently a lot of discussion regarding the pros and cons of the various platforms. However, much of the discussion is more akin to religious debate than to a rational discussion in an engineering mindset.

The reason: hardly any neutral information is available that allows for direct comparison of the practical (rather than theoretical) effects that each platform will have in your project.

The purpose of Plat_Forms is to change that and to obtain neutral information on practical consequences of using one platform versus the other.

http://www.plat-forms.org/


They say they do think of including other platforms in future competitions.