|Publication:||The Economic Times Delhi;||Date: Jul 4, 2011;||Section: Corporate;||Page: 5|
TechGig to Launch Season 2 of Indian Programming League
OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI
Technology community site TechGig.com, developed by TimesJobs, will launch the second season of the Great Indian Programming League (GIPL), an innovative method of hiring talented software developers from across the country. TechGig created GIPL to connect with coding buffs who normally work behind the scenes and provide a recruitment platform for companies looking for quality talent.
TechGig.com product head Amit Gupta said: “The IPL is a great way of benchmarking one’s coding skills with some of the best software developers in India. We are now launching Season 2 of the IPL, so there is a lot more action in store.” At GIPL, recruiters looking for high quality technical talent get an objective benchmark to automatically measure the competence of people.
The contest attracts passive candidates to participate even if they aren’t looking for a job. Moreover, the scores are easy to measure, making it easy to find the best people at the top. This renders the contest a great platform to sort and hire. During its first season last month, GIPL got more than 11,000 entries from over 2,700 programmers from across India.
The second contest is coming up due to popular demand from techies and tech firms. In the last season, a large number of coders, programmers and software developers from Delhi NCR, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai battled it out for iPods, daily movie tickets but more importantly recognition among peers.
Omnitech Infosolutions COO and head of global operations Anurag Shah said: “The Great Indian Programming League is an aspiring initiative taken by techgig.com to not just recognize the talented coders but also provide them a platform to achieve global recognition, which will surely motivate them to feature their best practices in the industry.”
Coding as a field is indeed as promising as other professional fields which require technical as well as domain expertise. Coders play a vital role in the software development and act as a bloodline of the projects. The initiative would bring required awareness and change in perception to help coding attain the deserving limelight, Shah added.
The contest involves writing actual code across five to seven different programming languages, including C #, Java, C and C++, to solve a problem live. The software automatically compiles the code to assess its quality and comprehensiveness in solving the problem.
The second season expects to be more promising going by the reaction of programmers who came from across the country in the first season, just for their love for coding. “Just coding, am mad on coding,” said TCS software developer Vishnu Priya Subramanian while Sameer Namdeo said his motivation was a passion for coding, and chance to evaluate him among peers.
team lead Deepak Tanwar said GIPL was all about personal enhancement, profile upgrade and opportunity to compete with programmers of different languages.
Users complimented Tech-Gig on the range and complexity of the problems set. Uniprose India product manager Vijendra Kumar pointed out the best part of the contest was that the code could not be seen by other programmers and online instant verification of code.
Winning for software developer Jagdesh from Infosys Technologies Limited was overwhelming while Mahindra Satyam Computer Services Limited project leader Amit Kantilal said: “I feel very proud that I have demonstrated my programming skills. I successfully completed the program to solve the sudoku puzzle which has been on my cards since quite some time.”