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Software Quality Award, 2021

  • Moscow, Russia
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This is the seventh year of the Software Quality Award. The maximum prize is still the same—$4,096. The rules are still the same. Read on. Previous years are here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

Here is the form to fill out.


  • One person can submit only one project.

  • Submissions are accepted until September 1, 2021.

  • I will check the commit history to make sure you’re the main contributor to the project.

  • I reserve the right to reject any submission without explanation.

  • All submissions will be published on this page (including rejected ones).

  • Results will be announced October 15, 2021 on this page and by email (or maybe a bit later).

  • The best project will receive $4,096 (I may split this amount among a few projects and may give away a smaller amount!).

  • Final decisions will be made by me and are not negotiable (although I may invite other people to help me make the right decision).

  • Winners that received any cash prizes in previous years can’t submit again.

Each project must be:

  • Open source (in GitHub).

  • At least 4,096 lines of code (cloc without any arguments) and at least 16,384 hits-of-code.

  • At least one year old (the age of the first commit).

  • Object-oriented (that’s the only thing I understand).

The best project is selected using this criteria.

What doesn’t matter:

  • Popularity. Even if nobody is using your product, it is still eligible for this award. I don’t care about popularity; quality is the key.

  • Programming language. I believe that any language, used correctly, can be applied to design a high-quality product.

  • Buzz and trends. Even if your project is yet another parser of command line arguments, it’s still eligible for the award. I don’t care about your marketing position; quality is all.

By the way, if you want to sponsor this award and increase the bonus, email me.

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