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Programming Scavenger Hunt
3 points by cornelis on March 6, 2023 | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments
about 10 years ago, I did a programming scavenger hunt with my colleagues which was good fun. Every next challenge required you to program a solution. Only when you found the solution, you could move on to the next one. It was very varied. 1 challenge required you to beat the computer in rock/paper/scissors, one required you to look at the ascii codes. Based on this description, is there anybody that can tell me the name of this scavenger hunt?

CTF's are a security focused version of that: https://ctftime.org/

They are more jeapordy style than a linear competition.

I vaguely remember a company putting on an infrastructure style one, maybe it was StripeCTF.

There was also an infrastructure focused leetcode style project that made it to hacker news, but I can't remember the name.

The ACM programming contest sounds like the most directly applicable thing I can think of, but IIRC teams normally distribute problems to their members rather than it being graduated unlocking.

A few companies have also put these style competitions on for students, but those are private and done by very motivated employees of those companies.

My first instinct was Project Euler[1], but that's not it.

Consider also the Advent of Code[2], especially relevant is day 2 of last year, involving rock, paper, scissors[2a]

[1] https://projecteuler.net/

[2] https://adventofcode.com/

[2a] https://adventofcode.com/2022/day/2

The Python Challenge sounds similar but I don't know if there was a rock paper scissors component.


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