[Haskell-cafe] ICFP contest

Rafael Gustavo da Cunha Pereira Pinto RafaelGCPP.Linux at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 10:32:26 EDT 2009

Last year I teamed up with a guy at work who had no knowledge of any
functional programming language whatsoever. Actually, his main dialect is

We ended up trying to use plain C++, but it took us almost 6 hours to put
network and string decoding routines to work. I gave up mainly because in
Python, Perl, or even Haskell, it would have taken me 15 minutes or so!

The main problem was not C++, it was the lack of a good application
framework and the time spent planning (efficient) data structures. Later we
figured out that Boost could have helped us, but neither one had enough
experience with the libraries to use it...

This year I will try to use Haskell, then Python, on a team all by myself. I
will also relax my objectives: instead of winning the contest, my goal will
be to complete the task before Xmas! :-D

Best regards

2009/6/24 Max Rabkin <max.rabkin at gmail.com>

> I'm part of a fairly large team. I'm the only person on the team who's
> done more than Project Euler problems in Haskell, so we'll probably
> only use Haskell if there's a library or program that does exactly
> what we need for some task. Likely we'll be using Perl and Python, and
> C++ if there's any heavy lifting to be done.
> --Max
> 2009/6/23 Rafael Gustavo da Cunha Pereira Pinto <
> RafaelGCPP.Linux at gmail.com>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > The good folks here are really quiet about the ICFP Contest. Is anyone
> > participating this year?
> >
> > As in the previous four years, I will probably download the problem, take
> a
> > look, and try for a while... Having a family don't allow me to go much
> > further, especially when teaming up with myself!
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> >
> > Rafael Gustavo da Cunha Pereira Pinto
> >
> >
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Rafael Gustavo da Cunha Pereira Pinto
Electronic Engineer, MSc.
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