When I was a kid, my first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer with 16kb of RAM. This was in the early 1980s when you could increase the clock speed of your computer just by typing POKE 65495,0 and you could tell because the cursor flashed faster. I learned to code on that computer, in the mighty BASIC programming language, and when we wanted to improve our development environment it meant buying a hacked version of the built-in OS from a classified ad in a magazine, customizing it the way you wanted, and then burning it onto an EPROM and swapping it out for the old chip on the motherboard.

You kids and your modern development environments have it easy! (Also, get off my lawn!)

The folks at DevExpress understand all this. They're very serious devs and they ship very serious tools. Their Universal Subscription is a comprehensive software development toolset for .NET developers. It includes a complete range of controls and libraries for all major Microsoft platforms, including WinForms, ASP.NET, WPF, Silverlight, and Windows 8. The Universal Subscription ships with DXTREME Mobile, an easy-to-use JavaScript framework for building multi-device applications for smartphones and tablets. And that's only the tip of the iceberg . . .The subscription also includes CodeRush, the eXpressApp Framework (XAF), business intelligence Dashboard, and priority support from the devs who know best.

Why am I telling you all this? Because today we're pleased to announce that our Worldwide Finalist teams headed to St. Petersburg, Russia, this July have another great chance to win thanks to the new DevExpress Boost! Every first-place winning team in every competition and challenge will receive a Universal Subscription for every member of the team -- that's a $2,199 value. Our winning teams will head back home with their trophies held high and a sackful of great tools to keep pushing their software dreams higher and higher.

For more information check out the official rules and if you're curious to see what DevExpress can do for you, you can try the Universal Subscription free for thirty days.

John Scott Tynes
Imagine Cup Competition Manager
Microsoft Academic Programs