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SilentStrike
08-21-2001, 12:24 AM
On the other boards.. you guys were talking about a programming contest. This has got to be like the greatest idea ever.

www.topcoder.com

It's a web based competetion to test coding skills. It's really cool. Any of you guys want to join and give me a challenge? ;).

It's a quick screenshot of the coding action that I took for the first problem I encountered.

http://www.geocities.com/rpgnmets/programmingcontest.jpg

SilentStrike
08-21-2001, 10:06 AM
They have a money tournament open to residents of the US and Canada who are 18 or over at 10 est tonight.

Govtcheez
08-21-2001, 10:22 AM
Looks cool, but do the first place people in every room actually get $600, or is that divided up somehow? That seems like a lot of money to give away, especially with that many rooms. Do you know (somehow) where it comes from?

SilentStrike
08-21-2001, 10:39 AM
It's probably gonna end up like that they go out of business. Giving money away is a bad business model :). They have given away over 300k... so yeah, everyone room winner in the > 1500 skill level gets $600.

Still, it's a great idea.. money aside.

Govtcheez
08-21-2001, 10:40 AM
Oh yeah, it's a really cool idea. I was just wondering if they tried to get all that money from banners or something. What kind of challenges do they give out?

SilentStrike
08-21-2001, 01:04 PM
The easy practice one went like this.

Write a class Shaky with method isSkaky that takes an integener and returns an integer. isShaky should determine if a number isSkaky, returning a 1 if it is, and a 0 if it is not. A number isShaky if the digits in the number rotate.

For ex,
132 isShaky
2134 is not (134)
323527241 is

etc.

no-one
08-21-2001, 01:13 PM
is it not for Java only?

Govtcheez
08-21-2001, 01:21 PM
No, looks like you can use C++, as well

Unregistered
08-21-2001, 01:22 PM
thats good then...

SilentStrike
08-21-2001, 01:31 PM
Currently, the C++ programmers kinda got the shaft :(. They made an ArrayList, String, and a couple other classes taken straight from Java and they kinda don't really fit in C++, but they needed them so that the questions would be langauge independant. But they are fixing that, should be more level playing field in a couple weeks.