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ICFP Contest 2012 - A Clojure Entry

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:20:39 -0400

I just sumbmitted an entry for the ICFP 2012 contest, written in Clojure.

The deadline isn't til tomorrow, but it's working and I need to work Monday.

Also, I am kind-of disappointed.

This isn't criticism of the competition - it was well thought out, at about
the right level (I guess), and the support has been fast and helpful.  I guess
it's more criticism of myself.

I've wanted to do this for years.  It seemed like it would be a really fun way
to spend a weekend.  But, in practice it's just like work, except that there's
more pressure.

If I want to solve interesting problems then I can do so in my own time.
Indeed, I do this, and it's pleasant.  But doing the same thing in a
competition removes all the fun: it's like having an impatient client that
keeps changing the spec (the competition included modifications - which is a
good idea, helping make things more complex, and testing whether solutions are
adaptable).

I said all this earlier today to Paulina and she looked at me like I was an
idiot and said "well, of course".  I guess I am just dumb :o(

The code isn't so bad - a bit crude.  I'll post it somewhere once the
competition is over.  Nothing special, just search.

Andrew

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