[Brazosvalley-pm] Perl banned from competition - 1997

Jeremy Fluhmann jeremy at msc.tamu.edu
Fri May 19 07:19:34 PDT 2006

At the social meeting, I mentioned a story about Perl being banned from
a competition for making the contest problems too easy to solve.  Here
is a copy of the original article....



-----Original Message-----
From: Sean J. Edwards 
Originally posted on www.perl.org in 1997:
                          Perl "Too Good" 
This is a true story. Names have not been changed.
UCLA's Computer Science Undergraduate Association regularly hosts its
programming competition.  Contestants are given six complex problems and
have three hours to write programs to solve as many of the problems as
possible. In 1997, the rules stated that any programming language could
be used so long as you solved the problem, so then-undergraduate Keith
Chiem entered and used Perl.
Keith did not merely win, he conquered. He solved five of the six
problems in the three hours allotted.  The second-place two-person team
solved only three problems. They, needless to say, were not using Perl.
But if you're a UCLA undergraduate contemplating entering the contest
and using Perl, don't bother. After Keith's conquest, Perl was banned
from the contest.
You've got to admire a language that is banned because it makes problems
too easy to solve.
These days, Keith is reportedly a sysadmin at Yahoo! Inc., and is
wondering what to do with the copy of Visual C++ that was his prize.
-=Sean Edwards=-


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