Flex Your Coding Muscles in the Google Code Jam 09 Competition
Article by George Norman
On 12 Aug 2009
Every year for the past 6 yeas Mountain View-based search engine giant Google organizes a coding competition entitled Code Jam. It is the perfect occasion for pro programmers as well as student programmers to show off their skills by solving a complex algorithmic challenge in a set amount of time. Nothing has changed this year. Google has announced the registration for the Code Jam 09 competition has already started.

“We’re excited to announce Google Code Jam 2009, powered by Google App Engine. This year, contestants will compete in several 2½-hour online rounds, attacking three to four difficult algorithmic problems during each round. To code up solutions to the problems, they'll use the programming language and tools of their choice; when those solutions are ready, they'll try them against our fiendish test data. One wrong answer out of a hundred, and it's back to the drawing board!” explained Tech Lead with Google Code Jam, Bartholomew Furrow.


The Code Jam competition will kickoff next month, in September and will go something like this. Contestants will be pitched one against another in online rounds that last two and half hours. They will battle it out until only 25 are left. These 25 programmers will get to visit Google’s HQ in Mountain View, California. But they are not there to have fun, they are there to see who can get ACRush's title of Code Jam Champion and a cool cash prize of $5,000.

Registration for the Google Code Jam 2009 competition is open as of the start of the week, August 10 and lasts until the 3rd of September. To register just click here. Additional info on the Code Jam 2009 competition are available here.

If all this leaves you cold, then perhaps getting to test Google’s next generation search architecture is something you might be interested in. Google has released a dev preview of its next gen search technology codenamed Caffeine (details here).

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