OpenNTF is happy to announce the XSnippets contests. The goal is to increase the quantity and quality of simple code snippets in the new XSnippets app which was deployed at the end of last year on

The plan is to have XSnippets contests on an ongoing basis (probably quarterly). Today OpenNTF launches the first of these contests which will end at June 30th 2012. Contributors can win prizes at a total of $400.

XSnippets are simple snippets that developers can easily copy and paste in their own apps. Typically a snippet has only one type/language, e.g. XSP or Java, but a snippet might also contain several smaller snippets with different language types (see example).

All snippets that are submitted to between the launch date of the contest (today - April 17th) and the end date (June 30th) count as submissions to the contest. Contributors have to be approved OpenNTF contributors, e.g. they need to be covered by an ICLA or CCLA. All snippets are open sourced under the Apache license version 2.

Contributors can win in two different ways:
1) Two contributors will be randomly selected from a pool of contributors who submitted four or more snippets during the contest. Each of the winning contributors will receive an award of $100.
2) Two contributors will be chosen via judging based on technical value and wow factor for single submissions. These two contributors will also receive $100 each.

All prizes will be awarded as cash prizes. Winners will be able decide whether they want to receive Amazon vouchers or receive payment via PayPal.

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