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indy.rb - The Indianapolis Ruby Brigade Monthly Meetup




Let's go code-golfing again! Only this time, we won't know the best possible score ahead of time, so groups will actually be competing against each other. There will be some sort of reward for winning each "hole". Probably candy. ... It's going to be candy.

Bring your laptops. Have them ready to run Ruby 2.0.

What is code golf?

Code golf is a type of recreational computer programming competition in which participants strive to achieve the shortest possible code that implements a certain algorithm.

In other words, each group will attempt to solve a provided problem using the fewest number of characters possible.

This can result in some really ugly code, but it often also results in learning something about the language.


AAAAACH! I am just a beginner! This sounds scary!

I think this will be invaluable for beginners. At our last code golf hack night, teams were well-mixed with experts and beginners alike. The experts took time to explain various techniques they were using to solve the problem, and to whittle down the number of characters used. Experts often also took some time to explain _other_ implementations as they were shown. (Experts: please keep doing that stuff!)

Please don't be scared. It'll be low pressure. At the least, eat some pizza and observe the game.







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  • Patti S.

    I enjoyed the code golf. Great learning!!

    August 15, 2013

  • Timothy B.

    It was a very challenging fun time.

    August 15, 2013

  • Kayla H.

    Ack! I forgot this was tonight. I have GenCon obligations tonight, so I can't make it :(

    August 14, 2013

  • Jacob S.

    Looking forward to it!

    August 14, 2013

  • Brent M. L.

    I'm a maybe at this point. Really want to see and participate in the ruby golf. It is going to depend on how far along my wife and I are for our art show on Saturday the 17.

    August 10, 2013

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