The Internet Programming Contest: A Report and Philosophy


Journal Article

Programming contests can provide a high-profile method for attracting interest in computer science. We describe our philosophy as it pertains to the purpose and merits of programming contests as well as their implementation. We believe that we have successfully combined the theoretical and practical aspects of computer science in an enjoyable contest in which many people can participate. The contests we describe have distinct advantages over contests such as the ACM scholastic programming contest. The primary advantageis that there is no travel required-the whole contest is held in cyberspace. All interaction between participants and judges is via electronic mail. Of course all contests build on and learn from others, and ours is no exception. This paper is intended to provide a description andphilosophyof programming conteststhat will foster discussion, that will provide a model, and that will increase interest in programming as an essential aspect of computer science. © 1993, ACM. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Khera, V; Astrachan, O; Kotz, D

Published Date

  • January 3, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 48 - 52

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0097-8418

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1145/169073.169105

Citation Source

  • Scopus