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GEEKS: Forwarded: : Perl .Too Good. for UCLA.s CSUA programming competition...
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Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 15:56:36 -0800
>From: email@example.com (Rich Morin)
Subject: Perl "Too Good" for UCLA's CSUA programming competition...
Perl "Too Good"
This is a true story. Names have not been changed.
UCLA's Computer Science Undergraduate Association regularly hosts its
programming competition. Contestants are given six complex problems and
have three hours to write programs to solve as many of the problems as
possible. In 1997, the rules stated that any programming language could
be used so long as you solved the problem, so then-undergraduate Keith
Chiem entered and used Perl.
Keith did not merely win, he conquered. He solved five of the six problems
in the three hours allotted. The second-place two-person team solved only
three problems. They, needless to say, were not using Perl.
But if you're a UCLA undergraduate contemplating entering the contest and
using Perl, don't bother. After Keith's conquest, Perl was banned from
You've got to admire a language that is banned because it makes problems
too easy to solve.
These days, Keith is a sysadmin at Yahoo! Inc., and is wondering what to do
with the copy of Visual C++ that was his prize.
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