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    Just a quick suggestion that maybe there could be a forum where members can set a challenge and other members can compete against each other to create the best code?

    For example, in my course we did an assignment to make a battleships program that automatically won in as few moves as possible.


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    Default Re: Possible new forum suggestion

    I like the idea of having challenges for people to compete in, but I think that the best place for that would be The Cafe. If there is enough interest, I could see it being its own board, but right now I don't think there are enough people putting forth (let alone accepting) these challenges to warrant the confusion a new board might cause.

    If you're serious, I'd suggest you issue a challenge in The Cafe and see how many people try it out. If it gains enough success, we can think about adding a new board.

    I'm not the boss though. That's just my two cents.
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    Yup, ill look into it soon . I am also only new to this forum as you can see, just suggesting what I think will benefit the community .

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    Sounds cool, but I think it would have to be apart of a learning experience more than Top Notch programmers trying to compete..

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    Default Re: Possible new forum suggestion

    As Kevin said, if you initiate this yourself and create a thread in the Cafe, we will see how it goes from there
    If it grows into something bigger, I will consider making it a permanent forum feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor_Xyn View Post
    Sounds cool, but I think it would have to be apart of a learning experience more than Top Notch programmers trying to compete..
    Its a learning experience just doing it.. Just because you arnt top of the list does not mean you didnt learn something

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    People will just use the "challenge" to get their homework done for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junky View Post
    <pessimist>
    People will just use the "challenge" to get their homework done for them.
    </pessimist>
    Thankfully Junky homework questions are normally spotted a mile of in this case. Which will auto matically resolve this problem .

    In regards to the idea, I am actually a big programming challenge fan. I've taken part in quite a few over the years and I have plans to partake for the first time in MathWorks MATLAB contest this up coming easter, EXCITED!

    So I would love to see this happen, I think it is truely a fantastic way to grow and learn and is deffinately something should actively take part in, your problem solving skills will be stetched and you will learn alot.

    In regards to the level in which they should be aimed, contest I have taken part in in the past liked to do multiple tiered problems. Quite often it would be the same problem, but sometimes the harder versions would have time limits, memory limits, and just more complex starting points. Perhaps we could divide entries into two tears, since we know users pretty well here we can decide which teir they should be graded in. So one problem, two tiers, two winners, low tier winner, high tier winner.

    That's just my input But I'm biased, I'm a puzzle fiend
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freaky Chris View Post
    In regards to the idea, I am actually a big programming challenge fan. I've taken part in quite a few over the years and I have plans to partake for the first time in MathWorks MATLAB contest this up coming easter, EXCITED!

    So I would love to see this happen, I think it is truely a fantastic way to grow and learn and is deffinately something should actively take part in, your problem solving skills will be stetched and you will learn alot.
    I actually really love challenges as well. Ludum Dare next weekend! Ludum Dare Unfortunately I won't be in town to participate.
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    @ Chris

    Yeah but that won't stop them trying and it will be a bit of an annoyance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junky View Post
    Yeah but that won't stop them trying and it will be a bit of an annoyance.
    Maybe we can create the challenges ourselves? We can control the content then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaPF View Post
    Maybe we can create the challenges ourselves? We can control the content then.
    Yeah that sounds reasonable. If we can create and manage challenges, who else will have any problem with this? I hope no one.

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    I'm happy to contribute in everyway I can. I would love to help design some challenges and grade them also. Lets see if we can get this off the ground!

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    I've posted this challenge once before when someone was asking for extra exercises to practice their Java skills.

    Write the following methods add, subtract, multiply, divide, mod and pow without using any mathematical symbols (one concession is you can use a bitwise operator for subtract when the first operand is less than the second operand ie negative result). You can use the following method:
    private int increment(int i) {
        return ++i;
    }
    I did have a solution but somehow deleted it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junky View Post
    I've posted this challenge once before when someone was asking for extra exercises to practice their Java skills.

    Write the following methods add, subtract, multiply, divide, mod and pow without using any mathematical symbols (one concession is you can use a bitwise operator for subtract when the first operand is less than the second operand ie negative result). You can use the following method:
    private int increment(int i) {
        return ++i;
    }
    I did have a solution but somehow deleted it.
    So, is this a challenge for now?

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