Toronto-based DeveloperMedia ‘s software dev online community CodeProject  has announced that Phil Lee is the grand prize winner of its recent Windows Azure Developer Challenge . Over $16,000 in prizes was awarded to 21 individuals throughout the 10-week Windows Azure Developer Challenge. The contest pitted developers from across the globe against each other in five stages of competitions that incorporated tasks like building a website, using SQL, spinning virtual machines, and building responsive mobile access for their Azure apps.
A big congratulations goes to Phil Lee for the hard work he put into the contest and the unbelievably comprehensive walk-through and write-up of his journey through this Azure challenge. His entry, YouConf – Your Live Online Conferencing Tool, illustrates his entire process from the formation of a simple idea all the way to a fully functioning database-powered website talking to an Ubuntu VM, running Apache Solr. The end result is a beautifully responsive design that functions well on everything from desktops to smartphones. Phil Lee drew inspiration for his entry from Scott Hanselman’
“Thanks to the whole CodeProject team and Microsoft for organizing and running the competition,” said Phil Lee, the New Zealand-based Grand Prize Winner. “If, like me, you don’t always get to work with the cloud, or the very latest and greatest technologies as part of a day job, it can often be hard to find a good reason (or time) to investigate them in depth. Having competitions like this really forces one to get involved, find out as much as possible, and hopefully help out others along the way. I’ve learned a ton of stuff about Azure and .NET, which hopefully I’ll be able to put to good use in the future.”