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Dear Uniface Developer, It is time to register for the first ever Global Uniface Challenge! Starting on March 22nd your team of two will have 48 hours to put your Uniface development skills to the test against other teams. Using Uniface 9.6, you will build an application in CloudShare, a cloud-based development environment. Registration link: http://offers.compuware.com/register?cid=70170000000hlpX&override=true The Global Challenge Details: • Choose a team member and come up with a team name • On March 22nd the application requirements will be sent to you 1 hour before the CloudShare environment opens at 12:00 PM, GMT • Using Uniface 9.6, you and your teammate will develop an application combining C/S and Web, based on specific requirements • On March 24th at 12:00 PM, GMT the CloudShare development environment will be closed • From March 25th onwards, you and your teammate will present your application to the jury Next steps: • Register by March 8th! • Once registered we will confirm who your team member is and your team name • The jury members and judging criteria will be announced • CloudShare instructions will be sent to confirmed participants including the log-in information • A time and date to present your application via the web will be confirmed with your team What's in it for you? The Glory: The "Global Uniface Challenge Champions," will be announced at the end of April The Prize: Members of the winning team will each receive a tablet The Notoriety: The winning application will be highlighted to the Uniface community, on Uniface web-sites and in the press Questions and comments: Leading up to and throughout the event, visit this topic: http://unifaceinfo.com/forum/unifaceevents/global-uniface-challenge/ on the Uniface community forum dedicated to the Global Challenge to address any questions you may have. Also look there for regular updates and announcements with regards to this event. Kind regards, The Global Uniface Challenge Team email@example.com
For the 9 teams competing in the Global Uniface Challenge next week, you should have now received a confirmation email (text below). This topic in the forum will be monitored for questions leading up to and during the event. Dear Global Challenge Participant, You have registered to take part in the Global Uniface Challenge, taking place starting Friday, March 22nd at 00:00 GMT for 48 hours. There are a total of 9 teams taking part from the following countries: Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and USA! In this email you will find more information about your participation and next week, 1 hour before the Global Challenge begins, you will receive the full application requirements and the details for CloudShare. The Global Challenge Terms and Conditions: • This document outlines the terms and conditions, as well as some rules for the challenge • Please read carefully and if you have any questions, send us an email and we will clarify ASAP. The Jury Members: • The jury will consist of three members, two which have specific Uniface and technical knowledge and one "end-user" who will look at the implemented functionality from a user perspective: o Ton Blankers: Uniface Client Manager (technical knowledge) o Adrian Gosbell: Uniface Product & Marketing Director (technical knowledge) o Danny Ragowan: Uniface Partner Manager (end-user) • The specifics around judging criteria and scoring will be included in the application requirements document. Additional Information: • The application requirements document and CloudShare log-in details will be sent to the teams on March 21st at 23:00 GMT • Questions leading up to and during the Global Challenge can be directed at: firstname.lastname@example.org (this email box will be monitored throughout the 48 hours of the Global Challenge) • Presentation time slots will be confirmed with your team shortly after the challenge is over. Questions and comments: Please email any questions and comments to: email@example.com. We hope you are looking forward to the Challenge!
Just an additional question which may be important: in the T&Cs, I have not seen any "non-disclosure" for the imlementation of all the participants. Some employers and/or customers may be concered about bringing company secrets to the public. Are there any arguments/options from your side to help me in negotiations on these issues before competition takes place ? Kind regards, Uli
The Terms and Conditions state: "We will use the Global Challenge for marketing purposes, this implies that the team names, team members and details of end applications could be used. If you do NOT want us to use your name, please advise us." We will use info from the event for marketing, we have involvement with a couple of press outlets, so there will be publicity. For the winning team, I expect there will be something a little more detailed, perhaps some kind of 'team story'. We will work out specifically with the winning team on how much detail about them, their employers and so forth is included, but the interest is in the event, and the outcomes. I thought that for you personally, you are a contractor/ independent consultant? We would not be interested in mentioning who you are currently contracted to, it's not relevant to the story. Of course this is if you won!
Hello Adrian, thanks for your reply. reading your response, it looks like I was not specific enough on my question. It's about "and details of end applications could be used": So let me rephrase it: "will there be a non-disclosure for the sourcecode produced in that competition ?" Why is it important for me? It may not be likely that marketing will publish lists of code or even "brilliant code snippets" in a press release, but I have seen some (not from Uniface). I have to avoid a situation where I get legal trouble with some client from years ago claiming a disclosed advanced concept as his intellectual property. Depending on your answer of the above question, I can either use very advanced concepts, or I'm limited to use only basics. I want to win the race, so reducing to a defensive "more time to write, less effects" would give me a bad start, if there is no necessity.
Thanks Uli, If I understand your question, you would like to know if the resulting application course code could be made public. We've not come to a final decision if we would want to do this. I doubt this will be in a press release, that's just not interesting, but there could be other times when this could be of interest. Perhaps we use it in a presentation. So please assume that we WILL share the finished applications online.
Thanks Adrian, for the fast reply. Needs to contact a couple of people to get their OK to disclose concepts we developed together. The more I can convince, the better my start in the competition. So 5 days to get this part of the job done.
Dear co-participants in the Quest for Glory Think it's better to be prepared so one does not waste time on failing or sub-optimal connections etc at midnight. Thanks to Berry who pointed us to the cloudshare test page, I spend some 2 hrs trying to persuade my Firefox 19 to install the cloudshare plugin (in vain). It's "some good" (still green), but perhaps it could be made better: "For an advanced RDP experience ..."; I am on a very slow DSL link so I can need each speed gain possible. Now I prepared a second setup based on chrome which may be the better choice (2 more hrs, but better now than then) In the uniface university, underneath "Instructor Led Online Training" "Virtial environments" there are some infos about cloudshare. perhaps http://training.uniface.com/mod/scorm/view.php?id=285 showing the same cloudshare environment as we will get at saturday midnight. AFAIK, cloudshare has introduced "Virtual Folders" instead of mapping local drives as shown in the video. So one has to use FTP to load/unload the virtual folder to the local PC. Not quite sure how printing is supported; I'm still faster on "paper-based" development; we will see. Uli
Some more technical info about the competition arena I got from Berry Kuijer so we are prepared for the midnight Ulrich, On your last question: yes it is the same environment. Cheers!! ~~berry My "last question" was: BTW: Is http://training.uniface.com/mod/scorm/view.php?id=285 showing the same cloudshare environment as we will get at saturday midnight?
How a paper-addict like me gets his "brain-food" ? looks like there is only the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" installed, but you can get an XPS viewer from http://www.xpsviewer.com/ so with some virtual folders file transfer one can convert trees to information
ulrich-merkel said Some more technical info about the competition arena I got from Berry so we are prepared for the midnight Ulrich, On your last question: yes it is the same environment. Cheers!! ~~berry My "last question" was: BTW: Is http://training.uniface.com/mod/scorm/view.php?id=285 showing the same cloudshare environment as we will get at saturday midnight?
To be more precise on technical matters (because they count): We will work under Windows XP, minimal with a standard 9.6 X103 installation, better with some shortcuts to INI, ASN, etc. as shown in the video ???
Just some additional infos I got published here so each competitor has an equal start. the officail answers are marked ==> nice weekend to all of us, Uli ??- We will work under Windows XP, minimal with a standard 9.6 X103 installation, better with some shortcuts to INI, ASN, etc. as shown in the video. Is that correct (as XP is still my working environment) or do I have to prepare for a "unknown" operating system (perhaps buy some books)? ==>It will be a Windows platform. Teams do not yet know the way the environment has been setup, nor do they which database will be used. Btw the environment will be very straightforward. ??- what is the support during the competition (Friday 23:00 to Sunday 24:00) ? It would be beneficial if some of the communication could be via phone, emails are just too slow for discussions. ==>There is full coverage support for the full 48 hours the Challenge runs, via this email inbox in the first place. ?? I see a need for technical support (expl. if one can not connect to the CloudShare environment, can not backup the database, etc). Around midnight or early saturday morning, one may be too stupid to see the obvious, so someone looking over my sholder mentioning "check CapsLock" would save me a lot of time and frustration. ==>Yeah….everyone gets tired at the end…..see previous reply. ?? And more important someone who can explain the requirements in more detail if one is not sure how to interpret the text. This person should be able to confirm that test cases express the intented behaviour and may provide feedbacks at the end of sprints. I found sometimes it takes just a simple additional hint to get it "crystal clear" what is required. Artifacts like test scenarios and test casese are an additional indicator how the requirements are understood by the consultant. ==>Support can help you there. P.S. Expecting to approx. 70% probability I will sleep when the competition starts, so I may have my "can not connect to the CloudShare environment specified" experience somewhere saturday morning and still need some instant help. ==>…support will be at your service too…
Hi Paul You can find the Cloudshare Browser requirements on https://support.cloudshare.com/entries/20698317-Plug-in-Installation . Internet Explorer 7 will not work. You will at least need IE 8. It is also important to install the Cloudshare plugin, when you are asked. For this it’s good to have Windows access rights to do this. Best regards Global Uniface Challenge Team Hi, My team mate() is having login issue in the cloudshare environment. She is not able to open the application. In internet explorer 7 the application is not opening and in Google chrome it opening partly (not showing all the options like Full screen, File share etc.) and in chrome it is horribly slow. There is no problem in the internet connection. She is using the credentials as emailed (same email ID & passphrase for both the team members). I am able to use the cloudshare properly but not my team mate. Please do the needful as soon as possible.
Hi Peter The form IMP_TRACK is included in track.xml, which is part of AMData.zip. Best regards Global Uniface Challenge Team From: Peter Sent: Freitag, 22. März 2013 08:45 To: Global Uniface Challenge Subject: RE: requirements and files for the Global Uniface Challenge Dear, Where is IMP_TRACK? Kind regards, Peter
Hi Uli You can add German keyboard from programm menu – Control panel – change keyboards. Best regards Global Uniface Challenge Team From: Ulrich Sent: Freitag, 22. März 2013 11:46 To: Global Uniface Challenge Subject: Aw: RE: FW: Global Uniface Challenge One of the starting hurtdles: what do I have to do that Cloudshare accepts my german keyboard? As I mentioned earlier, I'm XP user and even there had not changed keyboards so often.
Hi Uli The DEMO library was not included in the exports, as it is not really important. It does not contain business rules, it’s just about date format handling. There is no documentation about existing business rules in the model available. The model importfile was complete, but the model can be used and changed as you need it. Best regards Global Uniface Challenge Team Another me during lunch break: Just examine the Datamodel provided. Found some #include DEMO:xxx, but this library is not in the imports I loaded so far. ?? have i just overlooked some imports It is mentioned in the requirements PDF that some business rules are already implemented in the model: ?? is there some documentation about already implemented rules? It looks like the IMPORT datamodel has only a few relationships compared to ARTISTS (have not looked at the others). ?? does IMPORT has all necessary relationships from ARTISTS etc. for this contest (beside the ones we are free to add) Nice lunch, Uli
Hi, I have created a new entity. But while storing value to that entity it is showing store error( procerror -4). This normally happens when there is no database table found. While creating an entity a database table is also created as per the entity. But in my case I am unable to find the table. I want to know that do we have the permission to create the database table ? I have created an entity as follows : Model Name : admin Entity Name : user Kindly inform me whether that entity is created or not as soon as possible. ----------------------------------------------------- Hello, It’s quite likely that USER is a reserved word in most DBMSs, including MS SQL Server. Please try another name. You can also connect to the DB Server VM and examine things there in the SQL Server Management Studio. Regards, Global Uniface Challenge Team
Hi Eddy, AFAIK, user is a reserved word in SQL and must not be used for table names. Edit: sorry just saw the item is already answered by Eddy. It's early morning in Frankfurt and I was accomodated to Christian Webers style with the answer on top.
From: Peter Lammersma [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: 23 March 2013 10:23 To: Global Uniface Challenge Subject: RE: requirements and files for the Global Uniface Challenge Hi, When does the battle ends? 24 GMT. Is that 1:00 in The Netherlands? Regards, Peter PS. Sorry for the smell, it’s sweat. Hi Peter, The Challenge ends tonight 0:00h (GMT) March 24, That is 1:00 am, March 24 your local time (Dutch isn’t?).
Hi, just a timed observation: It takes me some 15 min on chrome from login to Cloudshare upto the availbility of my IDF. Heard some other teams mentioned "slow chrome" as well. For presentation, we'll be given 30 mins advanced access to the CloudShare. On that 15 min loss: would it be possible to extend the preparation time for all teams to 45 mins? Kind regards, Uli Hi Uli 15 minutes sounds really too long. I have not tried with Chrome yet, but with Firefox or IE it’s just a matter of seconds until the Cloudshare environment is available. Do you use console or RDP mode ? RDP mode is faster, but it works only, when the browser plugin is installed correctly. Best regards, Global Uniface Challenge Team Hi and thanks for the fast reply. My Cloudshare is accessed via accellerated RDP mode, plugin is installed (I see the fullscreen option) Please have in mind that I have a very slow DSL, maybe that makes the difference. Looks like the "connecting to host" takes nearly all the time. When I reconnect later, it's just a matter of seconds. Today it's not that problem: Login to Cloudshare (takes some 1 min to start up the suspended engines), push "Uniface Team Member 1", have a cup of tea or two, come back to my desk and start working. I just mentioned it because of the presentation with this 30 min preparation time. Kind regards, Uli BTW: My Cloudshare Login states something about "available untile 3/23/2013 8:49 AM" ?? Hi Uli If it really takes you 15 minutes to login to Cloudshare, then we will take this into account for your preperation time. You should not have any disadvantage because of that. The Cloudshare environment will be available until Sunday 1.00 your time, disregarding of the login message. Best regards Global Uniface Challenge Team
Hi, I have problems with the cloudshare environment It says connecting but nothing happens… help? Kind regards, Peter Hi Peter In Cloudshare it looks OK, the problem seems to be either on your network or your PC. Perhaps restart and connect again could help. Best regards Global Uniface Challenge Team Indeed, it did.
Hi Peter My experience: I Log on to Cloudshare the Machines are NOT running Takes a little while until Clousshare reports the Machins are running and we can use the TABs I use the tab and get some "connecting to host ..." (takes some 12 minutes now until connect finishes. I assume this is because starting the operating system takes so long with all its services, internal checks etc. Greetings from Frankfurt, Uli
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