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CalcG.org Hosts Contest
Posted by Michael on 4 July 2007, 15:20 GMT

CalcG.org is hosting a programming competition in a timed challenge format. Specifics will be announced on July 6 and entrants will have 48 hours to complete and submit their program. All calculator models and programming languages can participate. More information can be found at CalcG.org.

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Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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Yet another contest ruined by a 6-line TI-Basic solution.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 02:55 GMT

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Barrett Anderson Account Info
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The contest is not just to see whether or not you can make a functional program.

It's to see who can make a cool, intuitive, small, fast functional program.

And I highly doubt you could get it down to 6 lines in basic.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 03:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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There is no such thing as a "cool" RPN calculator.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 03:40 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
Barrett Anderson Account Info
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not *yet* there isn't... ;)

We were actually just discussing in #calcgames the possibility of making a game/RPN calculator... kind of like guitar hero... with each operator being a note, plus one more note that each time in a row that you hit it represents a number... then afterwards it calculates the whole thing... or something, I don't know...

That's where your creativity comes in.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 04:26 GMT

Re: Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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Okay, 50 line TI-Basic program...

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 03:29 GMT


Re: Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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So yeah, I sent in my half-assed, no effort, working RPN calculator made in TI-Basic, which takes 283 bytes.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 03:54 GMT

Re: Re: Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
Barrett Anderson Account Info
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Yeah, for the first contest I wanted to have something easier than anything else we might have.

There are a lot of beginner programmers who will be challenged by this, and it will force them to learn different techniques and will help them think differently.

Obviously this one is easy as long as you know how to do it.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 04:03 GMT


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DWedit  Account Info
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I think it would be much cooler to have the contest be a program that takes in RPN, and outputs infix.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 04:24 GMT


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Barrett Anderson Account Info
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That could be an extra feature of your program.

It would definitely give you more points.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 04:27 GMT


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DWedit  Account Info
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I also sent in a 168 byte version for no reason.

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 23:37 GMT

Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
Teoryn  Account Info
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It's been a long time since I was here, but I was just surfing and ended up back here and I know its a calculator contest, but heres my solution in Perl since I'm too lazy to do it on the calculator:

$_=<>;print while s/(-?[\d.]+) \s+ (-?[\d.]+) \s* ([%*+\/-]) (?![\d.])/"$1 $3 $2"/eegx;

Reply to this comment    7 July 2007, 18:36 GMT

Closed!
aladdinslamp Account Info
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Ok all, as of about 6 hours ago (at time of writing), the contest is now CLOSED. Entries can still be sent in, but they won't be considered for winning.

Reply to this comment    9 July 2007, 05:50 GMT

Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
Aidan Brumsickle  Account Info

Darn, I missed this because of work, etc. I've done this sort of thing a few times, emulating an HP calculator. I might work on something to run HP's on-calc RPN programming language. That would be fun. It's an interesting syntax, everything's just a list that it pushes onto the stack one at a time.

Reply to this comment    11 July 2007, 20:51 GMT

Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
DWedit  Account Info
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So what happened with this 'contest'?

Reply to this comment    15 July 2007, 07:57 GMT


Re: Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
aladdinslamp Account Info
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No response yet, but there'll probably be something soon...

Reply to this comment    15 July 2007, 15:51 GMT

Re: CalcG.org Hosts Contest
aladdinslamp Account Info
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Ok, winners have been posted on calcG.org. Hoo-ray!

Reply to this comment    17 July 2007, 05:06 GMT
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