When I was a kid, my first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer with 16kb of RAM. This was in the early 1980s when you could increase the clock speed of your computer just by typing POKE 65495,0 and you could tell because the cursor flashed faster. I learned to code on that computer, in the mighty BASIC programming language, and when we wanted to improve our development environment it meant buying a hacked version of the built-in OS from a classified ad in a magazine, customizing it the way you wanted, and then burning it onto an EPROM and swapping it out for the old chip on the motherboard.
You kids and your modern development environments have it easy! (Also, get off my lawn!)
Why am I telling you all this? Because today we’re pleased to announce that our Worldwide Finalist teams headed to St. Petersburg, Russia, this July have another great chance to win thanks to the new DevExpress Boost! Every first-place winning team in every competition and challenge will receive a Universal Subscription for every member of the team — that’s a $2,199 value. Our winning teams will head back home with their trophies held high and a sackful of great tools to keep pushing their software dreams higher and higher.
John Scott Tynes
Imagine Cup Competition Manager
Microsoft Academic Programs