Admitting defeat

Brian and I have concluded that we have run out of ideas (and steam) towards continuing on the ICFP Programming Contest. Plus, I have a whole lot of dissertating left to do. But I'll write a more detailed postmortem after the contest deadline. While the organizers have not explicitly said anything this year, I assume that they would prefer that we do not discuss essential details of the contest and our solutions until then.

Update: I forgot to mention the highly ironic fortune I received while Brian and I conferred over Chinese: »You should be able to undertake and complete anything«. Maybe they had my dissertation in mind instead.

Further update: As this page was the first one linked in a recent e-mail to the contest discussion list, I figured I would add a link to the actual post-contest writeup.


  1. James Cheney said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Yeah, the contest looked interesting this time. Unfortunately I have a paper to revise for (a not-really-movable deadline) tomorrow, and figuring out how to appease various reviewers has occupied most of my time this weekend. In any case, I kind of burned out on ICFP programming contests when I tried to do the 2000 one by myself (most of Greg’s other students were helping run it).

  2. washburn said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 6:29 am

    Ah, yes, Stephanie is always telling us the story of that python ray-tracer entry she had to test that ran perfectly, but took three days 🙂

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