Mozy Contest Impressions

Jesse Stay jesse at
Mon Nov 6 09:20:36 MST 2006

Just curious (for my own pride), what languages were used by the
winning 8 that were mentioned?


On 11/6/06, Nicholas Leippe <nick at> wrote:
> On Saturday 04 November 2006 20:43, Dave Smith wrote:
> > Just wanted to share my impressions about the Mozy coding contest. I
> > found that the majority of the questions had to do with the ability to
> > parse text and manipulate strings. Only one question had to do with
> > anything else, and it was thrown out. I can only conclude that BDS
> > thinks people who can write programs to parse text in 10 minutes or less
> > are worth a $10,000 award. I personally think the breadth of the
> > questions was lacking. Maybe phase 2 had a wider breadth of problems --
> > I didn't advance, so I don't know.
> >
> > I personally felt limited as my strongest language (C++) lacks good text
> > processing in its standard library. Since I was not allowed to use my
> > favorite libraries (Qt has an awesome string class that would have made
> > the problems *much* easier), I was unable to complete several of the
> > problems in the alotted time.I did complete one of the problems in 2
> > minutes using Perl, while most of the others left me gasping for air
> > after 10 minutes of C/C++. Oh well. :)
> >
> > Curious how others did, and also wondering if the $10k was awarded today.
> >
> I felt similarly.  I managed to finish all but one--which I was less than 30
> seconds from finishing.
> I did it all in PHP--as that is what I currently use most.  I am proficient
> with C and C++, but as I haven't used them in my day-to-day for a long time I
> am a bit rusty.  A timed contest isn't the best time to brush up.
> PHP is also not the best at text processing, at least I do very little text
> processing in a normal day. I found the preg functions highly useful, and
> throughout the entire round I kept thinking that some perl monger is gonna
> clean up.
> I didn't advance to the second round, but it was still fun.
> If anyone is interested I can post my solutions to the six round one problems.
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