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Competition to drive holistic software approach in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | May 26, 2009
Malaysian PHP developer community launches challenge

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 MAY 2009 A competition to drive a holistic software development approach has been launched by a Malaysian community of PHP software developers, PHP.net.my.

PHP.net.my founder Ahmad Amran said the 3000-strong developer community of PHP (general purpose scripting language) developers has announced the launch of LAMP2WIN Competition in collaboration with MSC (Multimedia Supercorridor) Malaysia and key industry leaders.

The two-week competition themed World of Inter-Operability' will see PHP programmers around the country competing to migrate PHP applications from Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) to the Microsoft Windows platform, said Amran.

The competition aims to affirm the existence of multiple platforms in the computing world, with the ultimate goal of helping developers take a pragmatic development approach to ensure that the applications they create are able to operate on any given platform, he said. This holistic approach of interoperability results in stronger and more adaptable software that would pave the way for driving greater innovation in the ICT ecosystem and accelerate national and economic growth.

LAMP2WIN officially began on 15 May and participants will have until May 30 to select one of the listed PHP applications, migrate it to the Microsoft Windows platform, then upload the application to the provided hosting service for public viewing.

Embracing platforms

As PHP specialists, we realise and utilise the powerful capabilities of PHP, but the shortcomings of some open-source applications available only on certain platforms set off a light bulb in our heads. Why limit ourselves to only one platform when the ecosystem is derived of so many other platforms? said Amran. This is why we are calling all Malaysian PHP developers to showcase their skills through LAMP2WIN to demonstrate the relevance of interoperability. The underlying idea of the competition is not about selecting the best application, but to contribute back to the Malaysian software ecosystem by providing choice to the people.

We believe initiatives that boost the local software market such as LAMP2WIN will enable the country's ICT sector to not only weather the current economic storm, but also to drive economic expansion for the nation at large, said MDeC business and partner manager, mobility, embedded software and hardware division, Rafe Azsnal.

An interoperable ecosystem is crucial to maintaining the growth we saw in 2007, when MSC Malaysia recorded revenues of about US$3.69 billion (RM13 billion), Azsnal said. Along with MSC Malaysia, the PHP user group is hosting the competition with sponsorship from Microsoft, an outspoken market leader whose interoperability initiatives such as the introduction of Office Open XML have led to revenue generation of more than US$1.82 billion (RM6.4 billion) for the local ICT ecosystem in 2008.

 

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