Olympiad of Misguided Geeks Announces Winners of 'Worst Software' Creative Coding Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks today announced the results of their first contest to honor creative coding that would be considered bad programming in structured development teams. The contest, sponsored by the popular developer news portal Worse Than Failure (WTF) and Coverity Inc., a company that develops technology to automatically improve software quality and security, challenged participants to devise a four-function calculator with the most creative and convoluted methods possible. More than 350 submissions were received from 19 countries worldwide.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ — The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks today announced the results of their first contest to honor creative coding that would be considered bad programming in structured development teams. The contest, sponsored by the popular developer news portal Worse Than Failure (WTF) and Coverity Inc., a company that develops technology to automatically improve software quality and security, challenged participants to devise a four-function calculator with the most creative and convoluted methods possible. More than 350 submissions were received from 19 countries worldwide.

Among software developers, convoluted code and deviation from standard coding guidelines are generally seen as signs of poor programming since these practices can lead to increased software defects and difficulties in updating the software. However, in the Olympiad developers were awarded points for developing the most obfuscated and creative code.

"The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks is a contest where extremely good and talented programmers can have fun writing bad code," said Alex Papadimoulis, publisher of the WTF news site. "Developers can enjoy pushing the limits of programming languages and everyone can learn more about unusual coding constructs."

The grand prize went to "The Buggy 4-Function Calculator," whose creators ambitiously invented their own number format. "The Buggy 4-Function Calculator, to me, best exemplifies what real-world code looks like," explained Joel Spolsky, a judge of the contest. "This is not just bad code, this is believable bad code, which to me reflects the true spirit of The Daily WTF."

The Readers' Choice went to Ivan Milyakov's OMG!OCRCAL which won nearly 30% of readers' votes. The Editor's Pick award went to Charles Nadolski's Rube Goldberg's Calculator, and to Greg D's Universal Calculator.

The contest featured three celebrity judges who have a great deal of experience working with convoluted code. The judges were Joel Spolsky who runs Fog Creek Software, makers of FogBugz, Raymond Chen who is a developer on the Window's Shell team at Microsoft, and Jeremy Zawodny, an employee of Yahoo! in the platform engineering group.

The grand prizewinner of the contest was awarded a new laptop computer, given the choice between a MacBook Pro or a Sony Vaio, this year's winner chose the MacBook. "Unlike other programming contests, the goal of the OMGWTF contest is not to flex your algorithmic muscles and solve abstract computational problems like you might in an ACM contest," says Alex Papadimoulis, the Daily WTF site creator, "instead, the goal of the contest is to solve an incredibly simple problem using the most obscenely convoluted way imaginable."

Entries were run through the scan.coverity.com site to discover any bugs that may have been lurking in the code. Scan.coverity.com is a free open source scan site operated by Coverity Inc., a sponsor of the contest.

About Worse Than Failure

Worse Than Failure (http://www.worsethanfailure.com ) is an online news, job and discussion site for the software development community. The site attracts 1.5 million unique visitors each month with 88 percent of the visitors working full-time in the IT industry. Worse Than Failure showcases the creative side of computer programming and often provides unusual programming examples that intentionally or unintentionally elicit wonder, disbelief and surprise in others. The site also provides humorous, educational and informative articles for the professional programmer that has fun with code.

Media Contacts Craig Oda Page One PR coda@pageonepr.com 650-543-4700 x702 Alex Papadimoulis Daily WTF alex@papadimoulis.com

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