SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 27, 2011) - MLstate, the creators of Opa, is proud to present the Opa Developer Challenge, a coding contest taking place from Wednesday, July 13th until Sunday, August 28th. The contest consists of applicants learning and writing an application using Opa, a novel programming language centered on simplicity and ease of use.
Opa is a new language that was released as open source less than one month ago so all participants will start on an equal footing. A new generation of platform development, Opa is a platform for developing cloud-enabled web applications. All the documentation and relevant information can be found on http://opalang.org. What's more, you will be amazed to see how rich an application you will be able to code during the duration of the contest.
"We have been working towards the open-source release of Opa since the start of our company in 2007 and are very proud to have released it," said Henri Binsztok, founder and CEO of MLstate. "We are grateful for the involvement of our early adopters and by creating the Opa Developer Challenge we aim at increasing our visibility and thanking them for their efforts."
To enter the contest, please register on this website: http://challenge.opalang.org. Applications will be judged by representatives of Foursquare, DotCloud, Twitter, Le Monde, SF New Tech Meetup, Slate and MLstate. The best three entries will respectively receive a 256 GB 13'' MacBook Air, a 64 GB iPad 2 with a customized Opa cover and a Nintendo 3DS. Additionally there will be prizes for the three best entries in each category.
Officially released in June, Opa has already accumulated a gallery of various applications by early adopters and testers, one that MLstate wishes to expand and showcase with the Challenge. The gallery of existing applications on Opa, including Opa Poker, a peer-to-peer poker application, can be found here: http://opalang.org/see.xmlt.
Opa, a breakthrough in web application development and runtime, is a completely new web service stack comprising a new language, database, server and distribution framework. Opa is used by a wide range of customers, including the French Ministry of Industry, French Department of Defense, Cyrlight and Plug-Up International. Please visit http://opalang.org for more information.