Progamer to Programmer

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Thanks Everyone!

Please do not have high expectations. I really messed up the final round. Let's just say that several important factors were missing during the competition week (regular Internet connection/power supply, free time, moral support). It is for this reason that Faye's story attracted my attention in particular. She managed to pull off a win against all odds, and I have to give her a bow of respect for that.
TopCoder's competitions are organized into two categories:

The algorithms category caters to the academic world. Here, fast thinking and analytical skills are needed. The contestants are given a set of problems that test for knowledge in CS algorithm concepts such as dynamic programming, memoization, and graph theory. Code solutions are then graded based on accuracy (you get nothing if you fail a test case), coding speed (the time it takes to submit a correct solution), and running time (you get nothing if your program cannot spit out a solution within 8 seconds).

The design and development category caters to the pragmatic world. Here, elegance and thoroughness are needed. Contestants are given a requirement/component specification, and they have a week to turn it into an elegant design/implementation. Knowledge of how to correctly approach a problem, apply design patterns and good programming habits will definitely help.

I know there are a lot of bright[er] coders out there (as evidenced by last year's ACM), and it would be cool to see more of them on the scoreboards.

Apparently, my small group of friends aren't the only Go players in the Philippines. That's funny, given the fact that we [used to] spend a lot of time on PandaNet. Anyway, if you come across tcceledor (like I'd use ShindouHikaru on a go server ;-), necramirez or dart_mol on PandaNet, you'll know it's one of the LB people. =)

And they actually have Go boards here! Cool!



  • remember the j3 starcraft competition? "frank" was targeted first, bought enough time for "frank" to build up enough against two opponents, and then "frank" got eliminated. "frank" then crrrushed the opposition after letting them psystorm how many expendable forces. the story of the two "frank"s should be immortalized somewhere! woohoo!

    another go fan.

    By Blogger El Raichu, at 3:46 PM  

  • I know there are a lot of bright[er] coders out there (as evidenced by last year's ACM), and it would be cool to see more of them on the scoreboards.we messed that up, didn't we? what i would like to see is better support from the universities for their students to complete globally.

    By Blogger frank, at 6:49 PM  

  • Congratulations! I posted your story in my blog. I hope you don't mind.

    By Blogger Allan, at 11:02 AM  

  • ...

    After the downpour of comments, I was half-expecting this blog to.. die.. I forgot that this wasn't my blog..


    I'm guessing that Dean also notified you about the job openings? Sour, I am.. But not much..


    By Blogger Nikki, at 1:35 AM  

  • oo tama. i remember that "double-frank" starcraft match!

    By Blogger jem, at 3:00 AM  

  • read the article in

    good luck! hehehe!

    By Blogger Yashko, at 6:27 PM  

  • hi!

    nice work you have there. I work for Level Up!
    BTW, and in my school talks on security and IT careers
    I challenge students to not only play the game
    but to take the game to a higher level i.e. to
    create their own.

    keep it up!


    By Blogger botits, at 7:24 PM  

  • Kamusta kabayan. Ive read ur story at inq7 infotech. Man, you are awesome. Congratulations.

    By Blogger mungkey, at 7:39 PM  

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    By Blogger Ardythe, at 7:56 PM  

  • Okay I have read the Inq7 article. Add na din kita sa links ko para masaya! Although I'm not into the very techie thingies.

    By Blogger Ardythe, at 7:56 PM  

  • demmet cel! you da man! :j

    By Blogger JAm, at 8:19 PM  

  • hey mini-celeb hunk of a programmer... ;-)

    congratulations. just heard from nikki that you're in the US already. seems like the biggie companies are trying to woo you guys.

    well we have to celebrate when you get back right before i start my new job again. and then i'll have new for you.. :D

    By Blogger Jenoa, at 2:47 AM  

  • oops new NEWS

    By Blogger Jenoa, at 2:48 AM  

  • after reading the article, i got only 1 reaction:


    By Blogger jem, at 4:21 AM  

  • Nikki's right.

    j00 4r3 ub3r 1337. j00 pWN! i ph33r 7hy m4d 5ki11z.

    You are immortal now. I'll dedicate a post in THP for ya.

    By Blogger El Raichu, at 7:20 AM  

  • Ah! My sister, the genki coffeeholic has already posted her comments on your blog regarding the Baduk salon. It's just in Manila. Almost went there once. Almost. Need time to go there. And money too. Go seems to be an addicting game. Highly addictive.

    Ganbatte ne!

    By Blogger eClair, at 9:25 PM  

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