Programming Sport?

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    Programming Sport?

    Hi.
    As I am an amateur programmer, my attitude to programming is 'sportsmanlike', as other people like the challenge of a tennis match or beating the world record in non-stop singing. Do you know of a page frequently arranging something like 'game-programming-contests' or 'programming-contests' in general? I don't want to win money, I only would like to participate for fun and honour. Please help me with links.

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    Re: Programming Sport?

    Originally posted by Mecnels
    Hi.
    As I am an amateur programmer, my attitude to programming is 'sportsmanlike', as other people like the challenge of a tennis match or beating the world record in non-stop singing. Do you know of a page frequently arranging something like 'game-programming-contests' or 'programming-contests' in general? I don't want to win money, I only would like to participate for fun and honour. Please help me with links.
    Oh. I was interested in how long (hours) would it take you to do this:

    // A Fullscreen DirectDraw Surface, black (maybe 800x600)
    // At the center of the screen stationary: The Sun (make a Sprite-// surface from a bitmap)
    // An Earth-Sprite moving along an elliptic course with any speed
    // Screen Update doesn't matter, Backbuffer will be needed
    // Pressing a key on the keyboard (DirectInput or WM_KEYDOWN
    // doesn't matter either) causes the animation/program to stop

    Ok. This is your task. How long would it take you (I did it - only with VC++ 6 and DirectX 8.1 SDK - within three hours, had to write the Sprite-Class on my own for example)

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    If you are interested in writing algorithms, then topcoder.com is by far the best place for programming competitions. They hold events every week, very professional, with hundreds of competitors. Its not for game programming though, only problem solving and algorithms, but it tests your speed and programming skills tremendously!

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    Thanks.

    Originally posted by PJYelton
    If you are interested in writing algorithms, then topcoder.com is by far the best place for programming competitions. They hold events every week, very professional, with hundreds of competitors. Its not for game programming though, only problem solving and algorithms, but it tests your speed and programming skills tremendously!

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    Gamedev.net has some on the boards every once in a while, Allegro hosts one called SpeedHack (but you have to use the Allegro library). If you do some searches there are some yearly contests that are like 48 hour expos (where you must start and finish within 48 hours).

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