San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – October 11, 2005 – Three developers who ported Microsoft’s open-source ASP.NET starter kits from Windows to Linux were named winners in the ”Race to Linux”.
The Code Project, a community made up of 2.3 million Visual Studio developers named the winners of the first-ever contest, sponsored by Mainsoft Corporation and IBM.
The Race to Linux challenged developers to port three of Microsoft’s open-source ASP.NET starter kits from Windows to Linux using their cross-platform tool of choice (e.g. Mono, Grasshopper from Mainsoft, PHP or Macromedia). More than 200 developers registered for the competition.
The winners are:
– Brian Hendrickson, president and lead developer of Oregon-based Megapump, Inc. Hendrickson used PHP and PostgreSQL to rewrite Microsoft’s Issue Tracker Starter Kit and deploy it on Linux.
– Abishek Bellamkonda, an Australian software developer and consultant, who used Grasshopper, a freely available plug-in to the Visual Studio .NET IDE, and SQL Server 2000 to port the Time Tracker Starter Kit and Reports Tracker Starter Kit to Tomcat to run on Linux.
– Juan Ignacio de Paula, a software developer from Uruguay, used Mono and Firebird to port Microsoft’s open source Time Tracker Starter Kit and Reports Tracker Starter Kit to Linux. The winners of each race were the first to submit ASP.NET starter kits that run on Linux.
Successful submissions were visually identical to the original ASP.NET starter kits, and could be used to execute a series of functionalities specific to each application.
The Code Project used an IBM eServer xSeries machine running SuSE Linux 9 to judge the entries.
Prizes were also awarded to Mark Cafazzo, a software developer based in Canada, and Hector Armando Rodriguez Esparza, the owner of a Mexico-based Web solutions firm, for their outstanding Grasshopper submissions.
Chris Maunder, leader of The Code Project commented on the contest, “We’re very pleased with the outcome of the race. The winners demonstrated that, contrary to popular belief, porting ASP.NET applications to run on Linux isn’t only possible, it can be done quickly and, in some cases, relatively easily.”
Reactions from race participants varied: “I found the migrations to be relatively easy,” said Bellamkonda, who used Mainsoft’s Grasshopper to port two of the starter kits to Linux. “I admit I had a few hiccups, but for the most part, Grasshopper did the work for me.” Bellamkonda estimates needing less than four hours to migrate both the Time Tracker and Reports Tracker starter kits to run on Linux. “It was almost instant!”
“Congratulations to the Mono team for making .NET to Linux porting so easy!” said de Paula, who used Mono for the first time during the Race to Linux. “Mono makes Linux accessible to every enthusiastic developer, and not just to Linux gurus. Besides a few exceptions, I didn’t even need to touch the original ASP.NET files to deliver a 100% Linux solution!”
“Porting the ASP.NET application for the Race to Linux has been quite a challenge,” said Hendrickson, who implemented much of the Issue Tracker functionality in PHP using his own IDE, Code Stylist and a small, persistent PHP framework with a data access layer. “I could have submitted my entry the same day, but the contest requirements stipulated that the ported application should look nearly identical to the original.” Hendrickson estimates he spent 23 hours to port the application to run on Linux.
Mainsoft, which launched a Linux for Visual Studio .NET developers program ( http://dev.mainsoft.com ) this summer, reports an increasing demand for its cross-platform technologies. In a recent survey, 90 percent of developers visiting Mainsoft’s developer zone want to take existing .NET applications to Linux and across platforms.
“It’s exciting to see how quickly Visual Studio developers can get their ASP.NET applications up and running on Linux and other Java-enabled platforms, without having to rewrite your code,” said Laurence Moroney, senior architect, Mainsoft. “For individual developers and IT organizations alike, cross- platform development and porting tools like Grasshopper and Mono free you from vendor lock, and give you easy access to Linux’ high scalability, security and performance.”
“This is a testament to the value of having applications run across hardware and operating system platforms,” said Scott Handy, Vice President of Worldwide Linux Strategy for IBM. “Migrating .NET applications with Mainsoft reduces the cost barrier for ISVs to tap into the exploding Linux server market, which is growing four times faster than the Windows server market.”