|ICFP 2009: The Quickening!
||[Jun. 20th, 2009|01:21 am]
Ooh, ooh! It's almost time for the ICFP Programming Contest!
Alex oniugnip and I are once again competing as Team K&R1. I'm excited to find out if our showing in the contest this year will reflect the experience we've gained over the past twelve months, both as programmers and as, you know, human beings in a communicative and nurturing partnership and all that. Plus, we have a mandate from Shriram Krishnamurthi to "kick some serious butt".
Who else is playing this year? There are no rules regarding team size or choice of language -- it's up to you! You can be a lone wolf or a team of twenty, and you can write, I don't know, whatever people like to write. Objective Visual Famous Mathematician of Some Kind. ...-script. ...-plus-plus. ...of New Jersey.
we don't have a formal "team" this year, but boojum
is letting people cluster ad-hoc at her house, which is what I'll be doing.
Right on. I wish we were there.
So, you might or might not actually end up working together with any of those people?
well, I intend to work on the contest problem, and I intend to invite help from anyone else who can lift a closure.
in some future ICFP, I'd like to do total distributed ICFP problem solving. Organize a chat room and a wiki and a public git repo and have a team whose membership is the programmer population at large
Dan actually told me that if I ever really wanted a shot at winning, I would need to be on a globally distributed team working around the clock. I'm not convinced of that, though. For me, right now, at least, the power of face-to-face communication is too great.
the history of the contest doesn't bear out that global teams do better. 2007-and-2008 victors Team Smartass is just a handful of Googlers in Mountain View.
On the other hand, you don't know that the members of Team Smartass don't travel to separate strategically-spaced worldwide locations each year, allowing long enough before the start of the contest for their circadian rhythms to adjust to whatever the local time will be.
Best of luck to you two!!
Thanks! We will send word of our progress, or lack thereof.