[portland] ICFP Contest this weekend
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Wed Jun 24 19:20:08 CEST 2009
The ICFP programming contest is this weekend (starting Friday,
about 11am our time).
For those who aren't aware, the ICFP contest has been going on for
over ten years. It's a general programming contest (read: use whatever
language you want, functional or otherwise), intended for teams, and
it lasts 3 days. Winners get bragging rights, and "prize money to help
defray the costs of travel to the conference for the winners as well
as small cash prizes" (the conference itself is in Edinburgh, UK,
in late August/early September).
Past contests have involved building virtual machines (e.g., in 2006
to run a VM image that you then had to hack, in 2007 to do image
processing on alien "dna"), writing simple AIs for small agents (e.g.,
last year involved a Mars rover avoiding aliens and rocks, 2005
involved robots robbing banks and cop robots stopping them), thinking
about datatypes (e.g. in 2007, lots of string processing was
necessary, but the default string types for most languages weren't
suited to the tasks), and generally a lot of fun, geeky humor.
I encourage anyone who likes programming enough to be on this list to
at least check it out, and, ideally, to participate. Form a team with
your friends or coworkers. It tends to be lots of fun, especially if
it's not the sort of programming task you normally work on.
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