At 08:07 AM 12/15/00 -0800, Vincent CELIER wrote: . . . >I participated in October, with a program written in Ada, of course. >I was lucky enough that the contest was more challenging than before >with regard to >the algorithm. I sent my entry after almost 12 hours. >Previously, the best entry is received in less than 5 hours. >This time, I was surprised to learn that I sent the first entry. > >I was even more surprised today when I learned that I won the contest. >I understand that there is a prize of US $500 attached to it. Congratulations! This is EXCELLENT! . . . I have long believed that, if we can get college teams together programming in Ada, it would soon become common for one or more teams using Ada to show very strongly, or even win, the ACM International Collegiate Scholastic Programming Contest. (Hope I got that name right! :) Many of the problems in that contest tend to be "algorithm intensive". Some times there are "C-Hacker" type problems. But the more difficult problems tend to dominate, and it is usually necessary to solve much less than half the total number of problems to place high in the standings. sro S. Ron Oliver, semi-retired professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering. www.csc.calpoly.edu/~sroliver Tired of sucky software! ? Check out www.caressCorp.com and follow the links to software sucks and The Oliver Academy.