Future Contests: Speed Coding

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    Future contests

    We set a date for the challenge, and everyone interested joins a chat room (possibly IRC), once there, the problem is described and the coders are to create a working model as quickly as possible.

    The entries would be judged on the following criteria:
    Speed - Above all, the quicker the better.
    Fidelity - How closely the program conforms to the project guidelines. This is worth just as much as speed.
    Portability - Not everyone is going to be using the same operating system or compiler. For judges to mark your entry, it has to compile!
    Efficiency - This will not play a major role in the score... the goal is to come up with a quick solution, not come up with the most elegant/efficient solution.

    The contests would take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour of coding... judges would be on-hand to answer any questions on the current problem. These would be run frequently (maybe a few times per week) and wouldn't interfere with the main programming contests.

    Anyone interested? Questions? Post...
    Last edited by Eibro; 02-10-2003 at 10:24 PM.

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    Nice idea, but few questions:

    1. What exactly the programmers should build in 1 hour? this will be discussed in mIRC?

    2. In case that we have 2 programmers that finished in same time, who will win? the more elegant code, more efficient?

    Anyway, I think it's a good idea, and in this type of contest, I think more people will participate.

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    Originally posted by Vber
    Nice idea, but few questions:

    1. What exactly the programmers should build in 1 hour? this will be discussed in mIRC?

    2. In case that we have 2 programmers that finished in same time, who will win? the more elegant code, more efficient?

    Anyway, I think it's a good idea, and in this type of contest, I think more people will participate.
    1. Yes, the judge will choose a problem and inform the participants of the criteria, etc.

    2. Obviously many things come into play here. Speed is not the only thing participants will be marked on... but it is the most important.

    Me and a friend tried something similar last night... I found it extremely fun and challenging. The speed factor adds a somewhat exciting aspect to the problem.

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    Ok, so this time I think I'll participate, I think it will be interessant.
    Let's wait for more answers, and see what people think.

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    i wouldn't mind judging, but speed isnt for me :P

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    Originally posted by RoD
    but speed isnt for me :P
    For me neither, I like to calmly think of the best approach for
    the problem, Not doing it under stress.

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    i may participate, depending on the kind of programming challanges.. i don't plan on winning any awards, but i think it'd be good practice..
    although by the looks of it, i may win by default
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    I might take a stab at it. How would people submit the code to the judges?

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    I really want to participate, so please schedule the contests on weekends!
    Last edited by Sang-drax : Tomorrow at 02:21 AM. Reason: Time travelling

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    Travis Dane, RoD.. I really think you guys should try it. It's an amazing way to hone your programming and logic. The quicker you can oust small problems, the quicker you can get to thinking about larger ones.

    Hmm, how will code be submitted...
    Email perhaps? No... hmmm Upload to FTP... that sounds like a good idea. Or, even create an online submission form.

    I'll get an IRC channel registered and setup with a bot in the coming week. I'll try to get one running next weekend if there's enough people willing to participate.

    Interested people:
    Sang-Drax
    ygfperson
    MadHatter
    Vber

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    If you guys need help to create a code submission form, I'm here to help too

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    Originally posted by Eibro

    Hmm, how will code be submitted...
    If the contest is being held on IRC, then isn't IRC the obvious choice?
    Last edited by Sang-drax : Tomorrow at 02:21 AM. Reason: Time travelling

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    Pasting where? pm the operators? and now we'll paste and it will be like that:

    Code:
    <vber> #include <stdio.h>
    <vber> int main(void) {
    <vber>  printf("blahh\n");
     [....]
    You get me?

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    Count me in. I love contest programming.

    Vber: You realize it is possible to send files over IRC, right?
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    Vber: You realize it is possible to send files over IRC, right?
    right, but if more than one judge want to look at the code at the same time, to check some parts of the code? one start to send to the other and so on? it's easier than to join on a simple url?

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