Take the David I Underwater XE Challenge

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Go to http://www.embarcadero-xe.com/ to learn more about database tools, have fun and win prizes. Try my David I Underwater XE Challenge and share your scores with your colleagues and friends, through twitter and facebook. Find out whether you’re a Novice, Adept or Artisan with our database knowledge challenge. There are five big product prizes that you can win and many smaller fun Embarcadero goodies!  Watch my welcome video wearing tie-dye and scuba gear in the upper right hand corner of the page. Yes, I have been a NAUI certified scuba diver since 1991.

  • Application Developers! You build your software to be as fast as you can make it. Do not be let down by the database you rely on.

  • Database Professionals! You are constantly under pressure to find innovate new ways to do more and provide better performance from each of your databases.

  • Be Amazing...find out how Embarcadero XE Database Tools can empower you to take control.

XE Database Tools are....

  • Multi-platform - Single view on all the database platforms you need

  • On-demand - Instant access to run the tools that you need, without even installing them!

  • High performance - Have both you and your databases performing at their best

Take the David I Underwater XE Challenge and Database Expert test at http://www.embarcadero-xe.com/

The game was written using Adobe Flash.  Remember, high scores don't mean better prizes (you also get developer "cred" and "props" if you find bugs, cheat codes and tricks for higher scores).  You need to register using the form to  get a chance at the goodies :)

Gold User, Rank: 1, Points: 2466
David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


  • Guest
    Ryan Mills Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    There is a bug in the game where I can't die or move.

    I've been watching it for about 10 minutes now and I'm up to level 15. My score is over 100000.

    You may want to get this looked at.

    I don't know how I triggered it but I was moving alright, died once and the completed the level. When the next level began I was on the left of the screen and was stuck.

  • Guest
    Finn Tolderlund Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    I think I hit the same bug.
    I can't die and if I try to David he makes strange jumps on the spot.
    Right now I'm on level 252 with a score of 31788640.
    I think it happened when I lost the first life but I'm not sure.

  • Guest
    Finn Tolderlund Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    Just curious: How many levels are there?

  • Guest
    Stuart Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    Just curious, is there some sort of validation on the score parameter in the URL? Otherwise I could enter any score I want ;o)

  • Guest
    Finn Tolderlund Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    I let the game run while I slept.
    It's now on level 765 and the score is 292721140.

  • Guest
    Paul Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    Certainly not difficult to find or induce bugs with the movement controls, not worthy of a QC entry but nevertheless... press and hold the down arrow then pressing the up arrow. David jumps. Repeat this a second time and he becomes stuck in a crouch until he dies.

  • Guest
    David Intersimone Thursday, 19 August 2010

    Thanks for all of the great comments and "bug" reports. The game was written with Adobe Flash. We left some of them in so that you would talk about the game.

    High scores don't mean better prizes. You need to register using the form to get a chance at goodies :)

    Thanks for spreading the word about the game. I really enjoyed doing the scuba video. Can't wait to get back in the water after my world tour and show how you can program underwater on a notebook computer using RAD Studio XE.

  • Guest
    Kordosol Thursday, 19 August 2010

    "We left some of them in so that you would talk about the game."


  • Guest
    Finn Tolderlund Friday, 20 August 2010

    I think I have discovered what triggers the bug.
    If you die just when the level ends, it seems you are not really restored back to life but remains in the land of the dead, so you can't die again.

    Do I get a price for finding the bug?

  • Guest
    Paul H Sunday, 22 August 2010

    My current score:

  • Guest
    Paul H Sunday, 22 August 2010

    two "David's" at once:

  • Guest
    David Intersimone Monday, 23 August 2010

    > Paul H writes | two "David’s" at once

    Cool! Everyone, try to see how many David I's you can get on a screen and post the bitmap. That is part of the fun.

  • Guest
    Wes Tuesday, 24 August 2010

    David, any chance y'all wanna throw copies of Delphi in the prize pool. I love Embarcadero's DB tools, but D2010 or XE would whet my appetite even more...that or an umbrella ;-)

  • Guest
    Paul H Friday, 1 October 2010

    Has this been drawn? If so is there a list of winners and prizes anywhere?

    Cheers Paul

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