Monday, June 29, 2009

ICFP Contest 2009

I spent a chunk of the weekend having a go at this year's ICFP contest. I have to say I didn't find the task very engaging: it was all about moving a satellite into different orbits and rendezvousing with other satellites. Being a computer scientist and not a rocket scientist I found this challenging in a tedious way: the problem revolved around the kinds of continuous mathematics I haven't been good at since I was at school, lo these many years ago. Oh well, I had some minor successes, but spent most of my time screwing up pages of bad rocket calculations. Hopefully next year's contest will appeal to me more.