EXP has a broad and growing set of annual events we happily turn into competitions; from pie and chili cooking competitions to room decorating and game night. For the last few years those competitions have included the December programming event Advent of Code. If you haven’t heard of Eric Wastl’s creation, he describes AoC as:
… an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like. People use them as interview prep, company training, university coursework, practice problems, a speed contest, or to challenge each other.
You don’t need a computer science background to participate – just a little programming knowledge and some problem solving skills will get you pretty far. Nor do you need a fancy computer; every problem has a solution that completes in at most 15 seconds on ten-year-old hardware.
A number of us at EXP have been participating together since 2017 (two years after it started) and, while relevant prizes have been provided, for us participation is mostly about the
labor of love smack talk around our colleagues.
For the last couple years, we’ve invited friends and former colleagues to join our leaderboard and IM chat for some fun to finish the year. This time we’d like to invite you to join us! We have a discord server and private leaderboard (122982-f2746d31) we will be using this year, so feel free to add yourself to both. While a little jousting occurs, we mostly enjoy spending this seasonal activity commiserating on the difficulty of Day 18.