Okay, who said that he would start posting regularly again? *looks around*
As everybody (= nobody) who reads this blog knows, I entered the National Problem Solving Contest 2009, which is a programming contest, with Dawn and Nicholas from our school. 14th place. Well, the winners obviously *cheated*. (Kidding)
- Code faster. We wasted two hours out of five slacking and staring at a screen.
- Code better. One of the things I’m most p*ssed off at is how my teammates wrote two pagefuls of ASCII art code and still didn’t solve a problem, and I did it with one, with beautiful indentations. Ah, whatever.
- Cooperate. Yeah, we simply don’t cooperate. EPIC FAIL
- Type fast. Okay, that’s just an execute to play typingspeed
- Submit only when you’re sure. But the problem is that each time you correct a bug, you get that “That’s the last bug for SURE” feeling.
- Learn to notice bugs. What, Hungarian notation?
- Get my teammates to know what a struct is. Jeez. “Brian, what’s that period doing there? No, it’s dims, not dim. Brian, you made a typo. And what is that period anyway?” Struct fail.
- Did you know… it is valid to write a = b = foo(bar);? Trust me on this. Assignments in C++ return the value assigned. Operators. Yes, it’s true, even though you didn’t know it. It’s fugly, too, but hey, it just saved you five seconds and some repetitive strain injury.
- Do not give up. Just code until the last minute, and spam the server, if you want.
- DO NOT PASS system ("shutdown");. The judges will not tolerate that.
- Don’t forget to eat the food.