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The 1st Transcendental Ruby Imbroglio Contest for rubyKaigi

Goals of the TRICK

  • To write the most Transcendental, Imbroglio Ruby program.
  • To illustrate some of the subtleties (and design issues) of Ruby.
  • To show the robustness and portability of Ruby interpreters.
  • To stabilize the spec of Ruby by the presence of valuable but unmaintainable code.

Rules

  1. Your entry must be a complete Ruby program.
  2. The size of your program must be <= 4096 bytes in length. The number of non-space characters must be <= 2048. The total size of your compressed submission must be less than ten megabyte in size.
  3. You can submit multiple entries, and your team may consist of any number of members.
  4. The entirety of your entry must be submitted under MIT License.
  5. Your entry must bring the judges a surprise, excitement, and/or laughter.

Guidelines

They are not strict rules but hints or suggestions. You can ignore them but we'd recommend you to follow them.

This section will be occasionally updated.

  • Matz Ruby Implementation (MRI) 1.9/2.0 is recommended.
    • MRI 1.8 is highly discouraged because your entry won't work in near future.
  • You can use implementations other than MRI, such as JRuby and Rubinius.
  • The judges would prefer more stoic, more portable, and/or more funny entries.
  • You are encouraged to examine the winners of previous IOCCC contests.
  • You can require a gem library.
    • But note that we will expect such entries to be much more interesting than an entry that uses no library; hence we will judge them strictly.
    • It is highly discouraged to abuse gem to get around the size limit.
  • To judge without bias, we will try to keep each entry anonymous during judgment. Do not include anything that reveal your identity (such as a signature, copyright, URL, etc.) in your program.

How to submit

  • Your submission must consist of the following files:
    • entry.rb (program source)
    • remarks.markdown
    • authors.markdown
    • Gemfile, Gemfile.lock (if you use any gem library)
    • data files (if needed)
  • remarks.markdown must include the following information:
    • Ruby implementation, version, platform that you use (it is a good idea to copy and paste the output of ruby -v)
    • How to run
  • authors.markdown must include the following information (and the remarks.markdown must NOT have them):
    • Your name (handle is ok)
    • ccTLD of your country/region
  • Compress your entry as a zip file called entry.zip and send it to trick.submit at gmail.com as an attachment.
    • You must include the words `TRICK 2013 submission` in the subject of your email.
    • See an example of entry.zip that attached in this page.

Please send any question to trick-judges at googlegroups.com.

Important Dates

  • 18th May: submission deadline
  • 1st Jun: result announcement (in RubyKaigi 2013)

Winners

Here are the awards and authors for the winning entries of TRICK 2013.

  • "Good way to make programs wonderful"
    • baban
  • "Most characteristic"
    • yoshi-taka
  • "Ruby by Ruby for Ruby award"
    • Yutaka Hara
  • "Worst house of garbage"
    • Nakamura Narihiro
  • "Best way to return true"
    • NAKAMURA Usaku
  • "Most competitive"
    • Yusuke Endoh
  • "Worst abuse of constants" - *Dis*honorable mention
    • Yutaka Hara
  • "Most classic" - Bronze award
    • Yusuke Endoh
  • "Most Readable" - Silver award
    • Shinichiro Hamaji
  • "Best pangram" - Gold award
    • kinaba

You can read the winning entries in github.

Judges

Alphabetical order.

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Yusuke Endoh,
2013/04/11 8:37