Thursday, June 07, 2007

How to build a calculator - not!

The wonderful Worse Than Failure (formerly has been running The Olympiad of Misguided Geeks at Worse Than Failure Programming Contest. It's an inspired idea: just how bad can you make a deliverable, while at the same time meeting the requirement.

Alex set contestants the task of building a calculator. Responses have included:

  • Driving it all through optical character recognition - my personal favourite so far

  • collecting inputs and simply sending them to CALC.EXE to do the work

  • one built on an extensible framework that allows you to add new digits. You want to add apples and oranges? well now you can!

All too good to miss - you can find them here, so enjoy!

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