C++ Builder
Programming Contest

The DonationCoder.com C++ Builder Programming Contest
April 10, 2006 through August 14, 2006


THE CONTEST HAS ENDED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

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Contest Rules/Overview

  • Programs must be written in Borland's C++ Builder (any version), or a combination of C++ Builder and other languages.
  • You don't have to own C++ Builder to participate in this contest.
  • We encourage coders new to C++ Builder to submit programs built using the trial version of C++ Builder.
  • You may submit programs you have worked on prior to the contest start date, but you may not submit software that has been previously made publicly available. You are free to collaborate with others and enter as a team. Users are free to submit multiple programs/components.
  • Winning programs will be showcased on our site, and made available for public download as freeware/donationware for personal use. We will do our best to get some recognition for your program and help you get donations. IMPORTANT NOTE: You are free to charge for commercial use, we only require that payment be optional for personal use.

  • For security reasons, entries must include complete source code (established programmers may be granted a waiver from this requirement). Source code will not be made public unless desired by the author. We would be happy to sign confidentiality and destruction contracts for those interested.
  • 3rd Party Components can be used, but only components that are free for personal use, or free for trial use outside of the ide (so that we can compile the program), or from companies willing to donate a copy for us to use to compile your entry.
  • If you have a 3rd party component that doesn't meet these guidelines, it is probably possible for us to arrange something with the author - please ask on the discussion forum. See bottom of page for some discounts on popular components (these are usable as well).
  • Programs should be complete and usable, with any necessary user documentation.
  • Winners will be announced shortly after the submission deadline: July 14th, 2006 August 14, 2006.

 

What are the prizes?

  • We will be giving out over $25,000 worth of programmer tools in this contest.
  • Top winners will receive copies of C++ Builder Enterprise BDS (approx. $2500 value each, includes Delphi and C#), plus their choice from a large collection of tools and components.
  • Second tier winners will receive copies of C++ Builder Professional BDS (approx $1000 value each, includes Delphi and C#), plus their choice from a large collection of tools and components.
  • See below for full prize package details.
 

Submission categories

  • You can enter as many programs as you want; programs will be assigned automatically into categories.
  • We will be choosing at least one winning program in each category (specific prizes awarded in each category will be determined based on overall quality and utility).
  • You may submit programs you have worked on prior to the contest start date, but you may not submit software that has been previously made publicly available. You are free to collaborate with others and enter as a team.
  • Winners will be selected by guest judges, Borland employees, and DonationCoder.com forum regulars.

  • Small Utility - a small but useful program.
  • Large Program - a full, substantial, big program.
  • Game or Diversion - a fun or silly program designed to amuse.
  • Educational, Programming, or Academic Tool - a specialty program.
  • Web-centric Tool - a program which makes prominent use of the Internet (client, server, or peer-to-peer programs, etc.)
  • Database-centric Tool - a program centering around database manipulation.
  • Component or IDE Add-in - a VCL component or IDE extension.
 

What happens to the winning entries?

  • Winning programs will be showcased on our site, and made available for public download as freeware/donationware for personal use.
  • You can still sell your programs. However, to keep in the spirit of donationware, payment should be optional for home (personal) use of programs that win, at least until the next major version you release.
  • DonationCoder.com is dedicated to promoting donationware; we will help get out the word about your program and encourage people to donate to you, to support your work.
  • Authors will receive free web space for their program, and receive 100% of all donations.
  • Submitted entries remain the exclusive property of the original authors.
 
 

PRIZE PACKAGE DETAILS

Prize Packge 1 (Three Winners, prize value $3750-$4500 each):

Prize Package 2 (Seven Winners, prize value $1350-$2100 each):

All Early Entrants (entered by July 15):

BONUS Prize Groups (see above):

Bonus Group A (2 available):

Bonus Group B (2 available):

Bonus Group C (2 available):

Bonus Group D (1 available):

Bonus Group E (1 available):

Bonus Group F (1 available):

Bonus Group G (5 available):

Bonus Group H (3 available):

Bonus Group I (1 available):

Bonus Group J (3 available):

 

 

Thank you to all of the generous Sponsors:

 
 

Contest Discounts!

One of the best aspects of C++ Builder (and Borland's Delphi, which shares the same components) is the huge collection of powerful 3rd party component libraries available. We're happy to be able to offer discounts on some great components to people who want to enter the contest.
 

 

Resources for BCB Coders

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I lose the rights to my program if I win?
Of course not. You retain all rights to the programs you enter, whether they win or not.

Can I still sell the programs I enter?
You can still sell your programs. However, to keep in the spirit of donationware, payment should be optional for home (personal) use of programs that win, at least until the next major version you release.

What do I win? What do I Win ?!?!
Ok, calm down. We're giving away over $25,000 worth of programming tools to the winners of the contest. The top 7 winners (one in each category) will receive the bulk of the prizes with packages that include the Professional or Enterprise version of Borland Developer Studio 2006, and much more. See below for full prize package details.


 

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