Wish I'd seen this earlier. From comp.lang.c.moderated:
MSO Programming Contests wrote:
> You might know that the Mind Sports Olympiad sponsored the Computer Olympiad in
> London last month. You can see the pictures I took of that event at:
> The Mind Sports Organisation also sponsors a monthly programming tournament
> with a $500 first prize. The September contest started September 24, and runs
> until October 1. There is no entry fee, and we invite entrants from all around
> the world. Check for details at:
> This month, the contest involves solving mazes, and you can guess who created
> the mazes.
> I've only posted this message to a few groups. I'd appreciate it if people
> would publicize this contest in any group you don't see me post a message in.
> John Knoderer, programming contest designer
> Deputy Webmaster
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> Mind Sports Olympiad sponsors monthly Programming Tournaments
> current contest ends 1 October 2000
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The September rules had a discussion of how to handle a minor
detail in C or perl, implying there is no language restriction.
So, next month, how about some of us show what Ada can do?
They may not have an Ada compiler on the judging machine, but
it doesn't matter, because you can send them a ready-to-run
linked executable. (Linked for their machine of course.)
I don't know what will be in the next contest, but the September
contest had a timing restriction that could have been designed
to favor Ada's concurrency features!
Wouldn't it be a laugh if Ada is banned from some future contest
because it's an unfair advantage? :-)
(Like the Dvorak/Qwerty post a few days ago.)
By the way, the URI above gives a "short" (HA!) version of the
rules, but a more detailed version, with commentary and examples,
is at http://msoworld.com/prog_rules.html