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Design Data Announces Launch of New Parametric Competition

Design Data Announces Launch of New Parametric Competition

Code Clash 2010

Design Data's SDS/2 Code Clash 2010 parametric competition will highlight the creative minds of SDS/2 users — and promote the creation of parametrics within the SDS/2 community — by awarding prizes to parametrics and their authors. Any current SDS/2 customer with a flair for innovation and some programming skills can submit a parametric into the competition, which runs from July 12 through September 17.

Judging, Criteria and Awards
Design Data will judge all entries, with prizes to be awarded at the annual SDS/2 Users Group Conference October 21.

Parametrics will be judged in five areas — usefulness and creativity; documentation and help; ease of use; user interface; and code clarity and quality — and in two categories: Framing & Finishing; and Beyond the Bolts. First place winners in each category will receive a netbook computer for the parametric's author, and one free year of SDS/2 support for one workstation for the author's company.

What's Behind the Competition
One of Design Data's main goals with SDS/2 Code Clash is to encourage the open-source parametric community to grow, share and collaborate. SDS/2 users can benefit greatly from parametrics written by fellow users that can be critiqued and enhanced by the entire SDS/2 parametric user base.

Design Data will build and maintain a parametric module library, which will contain modules that can be shared and distributed with SDS/2, as well as on the SDS/2 Web site. Maintaining a library that contains useful Python modules that users can import into their own parametrics will help parametric writers — and other SDS/2 users — be more productive.

More About SDS/2 Code Clash
Additional information about SDS/2 Code Clash 2010, including rules, file submission requirements and parametric tutorials, will be available on when the competition opens on July 12.