Summer is in the air, and young hackers’ thoughts turn to writing gloriously awful code. And yes, despite our editors’ protestations, despite the restraining order, despite even explicit medical advice from our therapists, we’re once again proud to bring you the infamous, world-renounced Obfuscated Perl Contest.
The objective: To determine who can write the most devious, inhuman, disgusting, amusing, amazing, and bizarre Perl code.
The prizes: A lovingly manufactured trophy made of high durability
space age materials, suitable for brazen display or shameful and
secretive night burial. Also
But wait! Before you rush to your keyboard to craft your outrè œuvre, here are the categories in which you may enter:
This award is granted to the code that does the most with the least. The limit on bytecount is 512 characters, not including whitespace.
This award goes to the most stunningly intriguing or ridiculously hilarious combination of obfuscation and functionality. The limit is 1024 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 text
The Perl Journal. Case and context are
unimportant. The limit is 1024 bytes of Perl code, not including
(From the February 3, 1997 Information Week, via EDUPAGE)
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