D2X Wins!

November 30, 2006

Just in case you haven’t been following along, the WPF\XAML Conversion Tool Contest deadline was October 27th.  Yesterday, the winners were announced, and my DWG/DXF to XAML Conversion Toolkit took the overall award!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I took D2X in a direction that went beyond the contest judging criteria, choosing to spend some significant time on 2D DWG and DXF conversion.  Ultimately, I felt this functionality would be more useful, even if focusing on it were to reduce my chances of winning somewhat.  I ended up having to cram all of the development into roughly 3 weeks worth of nights and weekends, made up of equal parts “geeky fun” and “exhausting late night coding”.  While I’m (mostly) happy with what I was able to get done in that time period, winning was definitely an unexpected, but welcome surprise.

As thrilled as I am to win, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the other fantastic tools that others have created, many which work with file types that weren’t in the contest outline.  The developers of many of these tools didn’t need a contest to convince them to write their converters, which speaks volumes about their willingness to contribute to the early adopter  community.  Mike Swanson, the developer evangelist who ran this contest, created his own SWF to XAML converter, when no one from the community submitted one for consideration – how cool is that? 

At any rate, I’d still love to hear what you think of D2X, and how I could make it better fit your needs – let me know!

F.