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Congrats to Adrian J. Moreno at iKnowKung(Foo) with the post on learning Flex. For that, Adrian wins the contest for the iPod Nano.

It's not quite the paradigm shift in languages, but it is a paradigm shift going from "normal web" to "RIA web" going from ColdFusion to Flex + CF.

I'll be sending the iPod out when I get the address to send it to.

For the rest of you, I have a question: If you considered participating, but never sent in a submission, what was the main reason or two?

Based on the initial reaction in the comments, and knowing about 1000 people averaged long enough on the page to have read the post, I expected many more submissions than I got. Was the contest too vague? Should I have given some examples?

Those are my thoughts, but I'd love to hear yours so that more people will enter when I do it again next year.

Update: Sorry for misspelling your name initially, Adrian.

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I really wanted to do something with Haskell and web. I don't currently have anything but a Windows computer available and it was too hard to get it to work on Cygwin/MinGW.

Posted by Brennan on Dec 10, 2007 at 12:31 PM UTC - 6 hrs

I commented in your contest announcement post that I was going to try some Java. Well I did, and I concluded that Java is way too complicated and time consuming for my taste. So I gave up. I probably should have tried Python or something else, but I was kind of burnt out on the idea by that point.

Posted by Jake Munson on Dec 10, 2007 at 02:04 PM UTC - 6 hrs

@Brennan - that's too bad, I would have enjoyed looking over that submission!

@Jake - "Java is way too complicated and time consuming for my taste" - That's a funny assessment. Not funny weird, funny ha-ha to the many who feel that way about it in general (for many things, I feel that way about it).

Still, I think that may have made a good entry anyway (certainly a good blog post) - "What I tried in Java and why I didn't like the experience" sort of thing. It may also bring out comments on how to ease the pain points you were knocking up against.

Anyway, there's always next year =).

Any other suggestions?

Posted by Sammy Larbi on Dec 10, 2007 at 03:21 PM UTC - 6 hrs

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