Ready? Set? Code! Elance Introduces New Code Testing Platform And Sponsors PHP “Code-off”

Skill Testing Partner ExpertRating Launches New Code Testing Platform Exclusively On Elance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--()--Elance, where companies hire and manage independent workers and teams online, announced today an expansion of its skill testing platform to augment Elance’s existing 250 skill tests. The new Code Tests, developed in collaboration with partner ExpertRating, provide technical experts new ways to demonstrate their expertise in writing and debugging leading programming languages such as PHP and SQL.

To launch Code Tests, Elance is simultaneously announcing a 14 day “code-off” in PHP – currently the programming skill in highest demand on Elance -- offering $250 and a full-year premium membership to each of the coders who score in the Top 10 for PHP programming.

Information Technology is the largest category of work on Elance. The November edition of the monthly “Elance Work Index” shows that PHP programming has retained its #1 spot of skills in demand across all categories. “PHP continues to be the hottest technical skill on Elance. The addition of these new Code Tests gives employers yet another way to be certain that the talent they find on Elance has the skills required to get great results,” said Jon Diller, VP of Elance’s Provider Network. “Meanwhile, the best coders in the market can now further distinguish themselves to help them get paid for what they do best.”

The new Code Tests require the test taker to work with actual code to solve a problem. Each test is made up of 10 questions with a time limit for completing the entire test with recommended time allocations for each question. The test taker will be scored on whether they are able to solve the problem in the allotted time, how concisely the code is written, and how efficiently it uses system resources. “We are pleased to partner with Elance and provide programmers with an opportunity to demonstrate verifiable expertise for key technology skills such as PHP, SQL and many more,” said Ravi Saundh, Co-Founder of ExpertRating (www.ExpertRating.com).

The PHP “code-off” begins now and ends at Noon PST on November 30, 2009. Winners will be announced on December 1st. With well over 10,000 PHP programmers already active on Elance, the competition for the top 10 spots is likely to be intense.

Experts on Elance have taken more than 60,000 tests to date. The Elance skill tests help professionals differentiate their competence in specific areas and offer employers more ways to evaluate a candidate profile, in addition to work history, client feedback, portfolio samples, verified credentials, and group affiliations.

About Elance

Elance, where companies hire and manage independent workers and teams online, is transforming the way businesses get work done.

On Elance, companies gain instant access to 100,000 rated and tested professionals who offer technical, marketing and business expertise. With more than $220m in Elance earnings to date, independent professionals use Elance to meet clients and get paid for delivering great results.

The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit Elance at http://www.elance.com.

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Contacts

Borders+Gratehouse
Carolyn Adams, 415-963-4174 ext. 4
carolyn@bordersgratehouse.com