December 04, 2007 09:24 ET

UML Jokes Contest: Shakespeare and Tolstoy Written in UML

NEW YORK, NY and KIEV, UKRAINE--(Marketwire - December 4, 2007) - "To be or not to be" -- this is no longer a question for participants of the UML Jokes contest launched by the International Software & Productivity Engineering Institute (INTSPEI) 2 months ago. They have all decided to be, to stay, and to win the contest, regardless of what it takes. Contest winners in various categories will be announced on February 2, 2008. The Grand Prize, a high performance laptop, will be presented to the person submitting the funniest UML diagram.

The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a standard general-purpose modeling language for systems engineering modeling, business process modeling, and representing organizational structures. It includes a graphical notation used to create an abstract model of a system, referred to as a UML model. The UML Jokes Contest is designed to explore the broad, expressive power of UML while raising community awareness of UML as an efficient modeling language.

"Our mid-term results from the contest are impressive," said Vladimir L. Pavlov, INTSPEI Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer. "The UML Jokes contest has attracted the attention of the IT community from the first day. Currently, we have had more than 1,500 page views a day and this value doubles every 3 weeks. Software engineers from over 60 countries have already visited our site. We expect a large influx of jokes and visitors over the Christmas holidays."

"We are delighted that it has worked so well in demonstrating to developers and architects that UML is much more expressive than they thought before," continued Mr. Pavlov. "At our site you will find phenomenal diagrams demonstrating an inexhaustible supply of imagination from their creators: We have a large variety of old and new jokes, famous poetic quotations, literary works, fairy tales, even a yin-yang model of the universe! It's amazing to observe how this idea -- to use UML outside of software models -- excites people and makes them really creative."

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The International Software and Productivity Engineering Institute ( was incorporated in the first quarter of 2007 to develop and distribute advanced software engineering methodologies based on the original award-winning research conducted by its founders since 2001. It has offices in New York and Kiev (Ukraine).

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    Tatyana Taganskaya
    INTSPEI Product and Marketing Manager