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Robin Houston
January 4, 2007 07:55
Re: New Golf
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On the subject of new golf, I wonder if you golfers all know about

The rules are not quite the same as traditional Perl golf: the most
important difference is that the whole of the shebang line counts
towards the size, which effectively penalises the use of switches by
seven strokes ("#!perl" + the newline) and makes the }{ business less

The other significant differences are that programs have to terminate
within 4 seconds of wall-clock time on the server, and that modules -
even core modules - can't be used. But it's just as fun to play IMO.

You have to compete against Ruby programmers in the overall ranking,
but there are separate rankings by language. (Or perhaps it's an excuse
to learn Ruby, for the really serious competitor: some problems seem to
be more golfable in Ruby than Perl, and some are the other way around.)
Entries are also allowed in Python and PHP, but those aren't good
golfing languages and offer no real competition.

There are a few familiar perlgolf names on the leaderboards, but most
of you seem to be absent.


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