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Re: [vox] ACM programming contest

How about, highest number of bugfix patches to an open source project of
your choosing within the contest timeframe? Or toss in things like a
combined score of efficient code, code readability, documentation and
user interface design so that solving the question really only gets you
20% of the possible points.

To be honest a contest sounds fun but really only for those in school
without bigger aspirations. My laundry list of apps I'd like to write,
plugins to work on or bugfixes/enchancements for projects I use is
gigantic and grows everyday

Back to coding,

On 11/10/2010 08:19 PM, Norm Matloff wrote:
> I agree 100% with Bill.  My complaint about the ACM and other similar
> contests, especially the international ones, is that they boil down to
> math contests in disguise.
> Norm
> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 07:49:20PM -0800, Bill Broadley wrote:
>> On 11/10/2010 05:51 PM, Brian Lavender wrote:
>>> I'll run it. Prizes? Someone else can get those. Who is interested in
>>> doing it?
>> I'm not a fan of the common contest along the lines of:
>>    Given this input <a list of foo>, read them in and sort/pack/search/solve
>>    and then output the list.  You have till deadline Z... Go!
>> I would however be interested in a collaborative programming on something 
>> useful and/or fun.  Something like:
>> * A networked game
>> * Porting a useful library to a platform in need
>> * writing a useful plugin
>> * implementing a bot for a networked game
>> * Adding a feature to some open source project.
>> Then again a cool programming contest would be to write a bot for a game and 
>> have the game rules decide the winner.   Hopefully something way simpler than 
>> RARS[1].   Maybe something more along the lines of c-robots[2], or xbattle[3], 
>> or a simple 2-d tank game.
>> [1] http://rars.sourceforge.net/
>> [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crobots
>> [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbattle
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