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
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.