Are you a coder? Think you could be a TopCoder? Come prove it tomorrow
in the basement labs of the computer science building.
As some of you already know because you actually read fliers and list
serve messages or because your professor told you or because you've been
personally confronted by myself or others, TopCoder will be sponsoring a
programming competition tomorrow, and any UF student can attend. What
exactly does that mean? It means free pizza and a T-shirt for all who
show up, as well as sweet prizes for the top three contestants. For
those who care about such things, there will also be a presentation on
what TopCoder is all about and why joining them will change your life.
So if you can code in Java, C++, C#, or VB.NET check it out, it's
tomorrow at 11:30 in CSE E115 and CSE E116. You're obviously welcome to
come if you can't code in any of those languages or even if you can't
code at all, but that might make the competition part... a bit more
difficult for you.
Read the details at http://www.topcoder.com/ufl and if you're interested
in participating, register online by midnight today. (Yeah, with less
than three hours till the registration deadline I'm kind of late in
getting the word out but I figure this isn't news but only a reminder
for most of those who might be into this kind of thing.)
If you're even remotely interested, I'd say register. It doesn't
obligate you to attend, but it does leave that option open. Seriously
though, unless you're out of town for the game, I don't see why you
wouldn't go. You could win an iPod. You could win a 4 GB flash drive.
Worst case scenario - you get a free lunch (or breakfast, depending on
your sleeping schedule), which, as any good economist will tell you, is
something that's quite hard to come by.
All right, I think this is a good place to stop.
Hope I'll see you tomorrow :)