The RAD Race:
* is an independent programming competition focused on delivering a working business program in controlled and verifiable conditions.
* it is open to:
- any kind of software development tool, toolset and/or language
- any team of 2 persons.
The teams develop a real-life administrative application and are judged on their working program. No talk, no endless lists of questions, just a working program.
The Original RAD Race International Edition 2005/6 will be held on 18 & 19 november 2005 in Hasselt (Belgium).
The RAD Race
What is new in edition 2005/6
* The original RAD Race will solve the problem of an existing non-profit organisation.
* The application to be made during the competition, will be distributed and used in the field afterwards.
General - In the Original RAD Race, all teams program the same assignment, after an in-depth briefing with Q&A. All programs are evaluated and the team with best program wins. No blah blah, only verifiable and tangible results count.
Assignment - it describes the setting for a business-oriented application that is to be made during the Race.
* In general terms and application/tool independent.
* No specific methodology or modeling technique is used; just plain, descriptive English.
* Is completely original, therefore copyrighted and it will not be used again.
Data model - A basic data model can be delivered in a conceptual form; it is 90 % complete and can/must be altered by the team during development of the assignment. Also, real-life data is delivered on CD-ROM so that the databases can by populated to a (almost) real-life extent. Data is delivered in a popular file format.
Time Frame - The RAD Race full version takes about 2 working days. The general setting and deliverables for Day 1 make up part 1 of the assignment; possible further additions - changes - alterations are given with Assignment Part 2 on Day 2.
Public character - The RAD Race is public by nature of the open and extended call for participation.
* First of all, development tool vendors are invited to enter with a factory-team.
* After which other teams with a similar toolset are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Team size - A RAD Race team consists of 2 team members. There are no rules for the skills or qualifications of the team members. But bring your best people!
Number of teams - From 5 to 20 teams, depending largely on the facilities available.
Software Development Tools & Hardware - There are no limitations whatsoever to the extent or the nature of the development tools used in the RAD Race.
* This applies to the IDE, database, modeling tool, code generator, toolbox, API, model, framework, object function library and/or any other pre-defined software asset(s).
* Teams must bring along their necessary hardware to setup their own private network for the RAD Race.
* Only one exception : hardware must be fysically carried into the RAD Race competition location by the competitors.
Jury - The jury is a team of knowledgeable professionals with a wide range of development-oriented skills. They make a final decision and rank the teams. A jury report is publicly issued through the channel of Datanews.