[Tutor] Coding Challenges
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Mon May 21 17:31:19 CEST 2012
On Monday 21 May 2012, Martin A. Brown wrote:
> : Being new to programming, I've found that my learning is
> : accelerated when I've been asked to write scripts and deliver
> : them in a specified time frame...Then, have those scripts
> : critiqued.
> : My question: Would the moderators of this list be interested in
> : creating a monthly "challenge" of sorts? Then, those who
> : participated could receive suggestions on how their code could
> : have been written differently.
> : If not, and you know of something else like this that exists,
> : would you kindly share those resources?
> I'm answering a question slightly tangential to what you asked, in
> the time-honored tradition of asking a completely different
> Are you familiar with Project Euler?
> I don't know whether critique is involved in the Project Euler,
> though. I would agree, having a concrete task to approach is a good
> way to learn.
Project Euler is *very* math heavy (it is named after a famous mathematician,
after all). Some of the problems are accessible to the general programmer,
but expect to see a lot of stuff you might not have much familiarity with, if
you aren't a math nerd.
Another choice is The Python Challenge http://www.pythonchallenge.com/. It
emphasizes a puzzle/riddle aspect, often the actual programming is pretty
straightforward once you figure out what is needed. On the other hand, I
haven't used it enough to progress all that far, so I really don't know it
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