Wednesday, October 15, 2008
TCU computer programming team prepares for competition
"My code is more elegant than yours." "No it isn't." "Yes it is."
In preparation for the 3rd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (whew, what a mouthful! Let's just call it ICPC...), top programming students at Texas Christian University are no doubt flexing their left hemispheres and consuming mass quantities of ginkgo biloba. (Or maybe just Pepsi.)
To be held this weekend (Oct. 17 & 18) at East Central University in Ada, OK (not known for its night life, one suspects), this regional competition will also include teams from the University of Texas at Dallas and Oklahoma University.
Under the rules of the competition, three-person student teams are presented with real-world problems and tasked with developing a solution within the five hour time limit. This involves raking the difficulty of the problem and writing code to solve it, all under the stern unblinking eyes of the judges. When all is said and done, it's expected that the work done by the various teams will amount to about a semester's worth, thereby fostering creativity, teamwork and innovation as part of the process.
This year's competition will involve 6,099 teams from 1,821 universities in 83 countries around the globe. A hundred (100) regional finalists will end up competing for a chance at the world finals competition, which takes place in Sweden next April. (Where I hear the night life is more stimulating.)
Past winners have included teams from MIT, St. Petersburg Institute of Mechanics and Optics (Russia) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).
Code, Frogs, code!
posted by JM