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The IOCCC Competition Is Back 201

Rui Lopes writes "After a 5 year hiatus, the IOCCC (International Obfuscated C Code Contest) is back! This marks the 20th edition of the contest. Submissions are open between 12-Nov-2011 11:00 UTC and 12-Jan-2012 12:12 UTC. Don't forget to check this year's rules and guidelines."
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The IOCCC Competition Is Back

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 13, 2011 @02:42PM (#38042282)

    Yeah, Python sure flooded the marketplace in the past year. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to check the breaking news about the Lewinsky scandal after buying some hot dot-com stocks while on the way to work at the World Trade Center because apparently it's the late nineties again somehow.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Sunday November 13, 2011 @02:59PM (#38042390)

    Nonsense. C is simple and, while some smart programmers think it's necessary to over-use the preprocessor (even the Linux kernel is sometimes guilty), it's a language you can learn once and apply productively for the rest of your life.

    Contrast this with the ten dozen other fly-by-night half-baked languages which have flooded the marketplace over the past year, each with their uninteresting quirks of syntactic sugar, competing on the basis of some uniquely uninteresting difference which can almost always be trivially implemented in any of the alternatives. They are hard to read in the same way that German is hard to read to someone who has only been reading German for a year: skill and speed comes through practice with the language, not from the ego of its authors.

    Wow! Dr. Ritchie, everyone thought you were dead!

  • Awesome! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 13, 2011 @03:13PM (#38042478)

    It's about time I got some more reference code.

  • by martin-boundary ( 547041 ) on Sunday November 13, 2011 @05:38PM (#38043294)
    Great Scott! You're in a TIME LOOP! Don't move! There's a car to your left, get in slowly and accelerate to 88mph down the street. Oh, and here's a banana peel for the FUSION REACTOR.
  • by gomiam ( 587421 ) on Sunday November 13, 2011 @07:14PM (#38043784)
    I would suggest you take up dubbing the Twilight movie series. You seem to have half their dialogues pat down.

    Back on track, do you have anything useful to add besides pining for the fjords?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 13, 2011 @08:14PM (#38044078)

    People, young and old, have something to tell you about the most significant programming language ever invented.

    You mean LISP? I haven't seen anyone mention it yet.

  • by Austerity Empowers ( 669817 ) on Monday November 14, 2011 @12:53AM (#38045372)

    Java is NOT an upgrade to C++. There was a fork in the road, to the left went C++ to the right went Java. C++ took you through a swamp filled with poisonous snakes, quicksand and man eating spiders. Java took you through a haunted forest, with werewolves and zombies.

    No matter which path you took, you died before reaching your goal.

There's no future in time travel.