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The World's Greatest Competitive Programmer 202

An anonymous reader writes "Technology Review profiles Petr Mitrichev, who has since 2005 dominated the world of competitive programming, a little known sport where competitors furiously code for five hours in pursuit of glory and cash prizes worth tens of thousands of dollars. Mitrichev now works for Google, and competes only for leisure, but is still ranked number one. Many large tech companies, such as Facebook and Google, now sponsor and pay close attention to competitive coding contests, seeing them as a place to recruit new talent."
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The World's Greatest Competitive Programmer

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  • Re:LOL (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @12:38PM (#40906659)

    We're talking about coding competitions here, not posting-to-slashdot competitions.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @12:52PM (#40906843)
    A place where you can programmers that can give you quick, dirty code that gets the job done but ultimately leaves you with a disease.
  • by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @01:04PM (#40907025)

    I used to read the alumni magazine USC sends me. About 10 years ago I started an article about some woman who was upholding USC standards yada yada, and she had three patents, fed starving children in Africa, brought ponies to the poor kids in Australia, helped fight an Ebola outbreak in, wherever, Canada or something, and was now starting a tech business, and on and on...

    Turn the page to her photo and details. She's... 26 years old. That was the turning point for me. Well, one of them.I realized I was shit and started hating the world. Some people just have what I call the life force, and I know I don't have it, and no, it's not intended as a SW reference.

    I built an awesome mountain temple this week in Minecraft, though... has an indoor forest... yeah, I suck. :(

  • by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @01:08PM (#40907081) Journal

    As a manager, our tests are a bit more strenuous reflecting the importance of the synergies of many diverse skills. The dynamic test includes email with a certain threshold of cc’s to disinterested parties. We get bonus points for lunches out and extra points on top of that for lunches paid for by vendors. A second part of the exam includes writing unintelligible memos and unfollowable policies. Tests are administered through the cloud, using value-added third-party vendors. Oh yeah, more bonus points for using management speak words.

    I'm world champion, baby.

  • by Skapare ( 16644 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @01:44PM (#40907507) Homepage

    Maybe not secure, but they developed the site in 21.3 seconds.

  • by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @03:44PM (#40908885)

    Yeah, coding something from scratch over a few hours that works and solves a tough problem is impressive.

    What I really want to see is the "coding hurdles", where developers are thrown into a nightmare of an existing project with 100k lines of bad code, and told to implement five new features... now THAT would be something!

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun