O'Reilly Announces Best Desktop Application Contest

For Immediate Release
For Further Information Contact Ellen Elias
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Winner Will Receive $2000 Prize Plus Online Publicity

August 15, 1996, Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly & Associates, leading developer of Internet software and publisher of technical books, has announced its First Application Development Contest. Designed for non-commercial developers using O'Reilly's award-winning WebSite (TM) or WebSite Professional(TM), the contest offers a chance for developers to win a grand prize of $2000, as well as publicity for their application. Contest judges are Robert Denny, WebSite developer, Andrew Schulman, O'Reilly Senior Editor and noted Windows programmer, and Larry Wall, developer of perl and author of "Programming Perl".

In addition to the $2000 cash prize, first prize includes publicity on O'Reilly Software Online (http://software.ora.com). Second prize for the contest is $1000; third prize is $500.

Developers are not restricted to any specific categories in the creation of their applications; they can use perl, WebSite Application Programming Interface (WSAPI), Common Gateway Interface (CGI), Visual Basic, Java, Delphi, or other development tools.

"We're keeping this wide open," explains Kimberly Simoni, Software Product Manager. "We are simply looking for creativity, usability, and clever exploitation of WebSite features; in short, what it does for desktop productivity, and how well it does it!"

Examples of winning applications might include applications which improve web site productivity, shopping cart applications, advanced text search mechanisms, HTML page-builders, facsimile interfaces, or integrated database applications.

Deadline for submissions is October 18, 1996, with a brief written description of the application required by August 30, 1996. Winners will be announced O'Reilly Software Online. Interested individuals should write app-contest@ora.com for more information. Contest details are available online (http://software.ora.com/contests/dev_contest.html).

O'Reilly & Associates is recognized worldwide for its definitive books on the Internet and UNIX, and for its development of online content and software. O'Reilly developed the Global Network Navigator (GNN), a pioneering web-based publication which it sold to America Online in June, 1995. In addition to WebSite Professional and WebSite, O'Reilly's award-winning web server software for Windows 95 and Windows NT, the company's other software products include WebBoard, a web-based multi-threaded conferencing system, PolyForm, a web forms construction kit, and Statisphere, a web traffic analyzer (to be released this fall).

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