Are you renowned for your excessive, belligerent tersity? Are you a misunderstood genius who writes Perl code that looks like it’s been run through MD5? Or are you just plain evil and ornery enough to write code that’s so grotesque that others pale in fear?
At last, you have a socially acceptable creative outlet: The Zeroth Annual Obfuscated Perl Contest! You are invited to participate in a contest to determine who can write the most incomprehensible, unreadable, confusing, horrific, amusing, and interesting Perl code.
There are four categories. You can enter as many as you like, but may only submit two pieces of code per category.
Our inaugural contest has four categories:
This award is for the best piece of Perl code that fits into 4 lines of 76 characters of ASCII code (not counting end-of-line newlines).
This award goes to the piece of Perl code that does the most with the least. The limit on bytecount is 1024 characters, not including whitespace.
This award goes to the most stunningly intriguing or ridiculously hilarious combination of obfuscation and functionality. The limit is 2048 bytes of Perl code, not including whitespace.
In the fine “Just another Perl hacker” tradition, this
award is given to the best code that generates the words
the perl journal. Case and context are not important. The limit is 2048 bytes of Perl code, ...