Saturday, February 11, 2006

TopCoder's Programming Contest

The WSJ has an article on the recent Topcoder programming contest. And Fast Company did an article on the 2004 winner.

I've blogged pointers to the MATLAB programming contest before. An interesting difference (if I read this right) is that a major focus on the TopCode contest seems to be challenging other people's solutions and invalidating them with scenarios they haven't thought of, while an important aspect of the MATLAB contest is the highly likely possibility of winning by improving on other people's solutions. The two contests are Darwinian, but in different ways.

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