Anyone interested? I have severe doubts as to the worth of these types
of things, but the publicity might be useful in piquing people's interest.

"Dr. Dobb's Journal of Software Tools has launched a contest designed to
challenge the skills of master software builders and software architects
to solve a "Mars Rescue Mission," a hypothetical manned spacecraft that
has crashed on Mars.

The challenge and its published entries will demonstrate that there are
many viable approaches to solving software design problems. The
challenge will be published in the May 2005 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal
and will be posted on early February 2005.

Because the Dr. Dobb's Journal audience members tend to program in
multiple languages and on multiple platforms, the challenge allows them
to solve the problem using any program they choose. Prizes will be given
for shortest program, most efficient use of rocket fuel and for overall

But not reliability, maintainability, proof of correctness etc. Oh well.

Alan & Carmel Brain
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