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.

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