University of Toronto Latest School To Join Windward Code Wars

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Windward's International Collegiate Programming Championship attracts computer science majors from top colleges and universities around the world. It's a green hackathon that takes place on participating campuses.

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University of Toronto will be competing for the Windward Code Wars trophy on January 26, 2013

Code Wars is a fun competition between top schools over programming instead of sports, said Dave Thielen, Windward's founder and CTO.

The University of Toronto is the most recent university to announce its participation in the 2013 International Collegiate Programming Championship. Sponsored by reporting and document generation software giant Windward, the "Code Wars" hackathon is a challenge that tests the programming knowledge, innovative thinking and teamwork of computer science college students.

"Code Wars is a fun competition between top schools over programming instead of sports," said Dave Thielen, Windward's founder and CTO. "It reinforces a joy of learning purely for the sake of knowledge – and it's exciting for the students to watch their entries beat up on the other teams' entries."

The University of Toronto joins teams from The College of William and Mary, Colorado School of Mines, Columbia University, Michigan Tech, Purdue University – West Lafayette , and University of Pennsylvania that have already announced their participation in the January 26, 2013 contest.

Students race against the clock and one another to analyze a problem, write a solution, and test and debug it. After the 8-hour programming deadline, teams go head to head.

In the 2012 hackathon, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire took top honors. Team Grande Letra O dueled through a hard-fought semifinal and 10 final rounds to capture the Windward Code Wars Trophy, defeating its closest rival by a final score of 502-468.

For more information on the 2013 International Collegiate Programming Championship, please visit http://windward.net/community_codewars.php.

About Windward
Windward offers business intelligence, enterprise reporting, document generation and Web-based business intelligence solutions. Launched in 2002, Windward is the only full-featured, robust Java and .NET engine to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as a layout tool, putting template design and report and document generation power in the hands of the end user. Any Office user can easily and securely create reports and documents with almost no learning curve. Additionally, OEMs and VARs use Windward’s reporting component.

Windward works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source—or any combination thereof—with a Microsoft Office report template. It feeds data into the template to create a what-you-see-is-what-you-get report or document that can be generated in DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, HTML, direct to printer, RTF, XLS, WordML, TXT, and CSV. Windward runs as a standalone application or in an enterprise computing environment. Also unique, Windward implements in hours, offers affordable server-based pricing, and offers “prompt, fantastic” technical support via a 24/7 support forum and support contracts. A free trial of Windward's products is available at http://www.windward.net.

The Windward user group spans 70 countries. User applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses. Other applications include reporting to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, Patriot Act, ARRA, HIPAA, Health Level Seven, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Basel II, and other U.S. and international acts and accords affecting financial services, real estate, government, and insurance industries and the consultants and integrators serving them.

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