[Baypiggies] Anyone interested in participating the ICFP Programming Contest?

Shannon -jj Behrens jjinux at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 06:09:37 CEST 2007

On 7/17/07, Kevin Steele <k3vin.steele at gmail.com> wrote:
> Anyone interested in participating the ICFP Programming Contest? The
> contest runs from July 20 through July 23, 2007. Start time is 12:00
> (noon) CEST (Central European Summer Time) on Friday (which is 3 AM
> PDT Friday), and entries are accepted until 12:00 (noon) CEST on
> Monday (3 AM PDT Monday).
> Go to http://www.icfpcontest.org for the details.
> My goals are:
> * Having fun and learn
> * Having as many BayPiggies participating as possible
> * Use Python as much as possible
> So who's interested? Comments? Questions?

I tried it years ago using Ocaml.  I almost had a nervous breakdown,
and I vowed to never use Ocaml again.  The funny thing was that on the
last day, I switched to using Python, and I got something working
enough to submit an entry in just one day.  My advice is, don't try to
win--that's too stressful.  Submitting an entry at all is quite an
accomplishment, so let that be your goal.

I don't know if I'm up to doing the ICFP, but I'd love a partner for
PyWeek.  That's a week long contest, and it's meant to be way more low
key.  I submitted an entry for the last PyWeek in April, and although
it was exhausting, it was a lot closer to being fun.  Best of all,
you're expected to "have a life" during the contest, whereas during
the ICFP, that's simply not possible:


Happy Hacking!


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