Interesting Information about ACM ICPC World Finals

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Interesting Information about ACM ICPC World Finals

Post by shahriar_manzoor » Tue Oct 25, 2005 2:41 pm

I found the following information very interesting:

Before 1988 ACM ICPC World Finals the two languages supported was Pascal and FORTRAN. That is why judges were reluctant to select problems which could naturally be solved with recursion as FORTRAN does not support recursion!

In 1988 World Finals FORTRAN was dropped as a language and so problem selection became easier. The only official language of 1988 WF was Pascal. And Pascal will be dropped from 2007 World Finals.

How quickly the World changes :)

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Re: Interesting Information about ACM ICPC World Finals

Post by Observer » Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:00 pm

shahriar_manzoor wrote:And Pascal will be dropped from 2007 World Finals.
Why??? PASCAL is such a great programming language (esp. for starters)........ :(
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hmm

Post by shahriar_manzoor » Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:14 pm

Well now the proposal is to drop it from 2007 but I heard that it will be dropped during 2005 World Finals. So may be it will survive in 2007 too :).

PASCAL is my favourite language too but I don't decide its fate.

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Post by shamim » Sun Oct 30, 2005 6:22 am

I remember reading somewhere that Judges of any ICPC site have to write at least one C/C++ and Java Solution for every problem and not necessarily in PASCAL.
So, in a way the Language is already rejected.

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Post by Observer » Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:25 am

I love PASCAL so much. It brought me into the amazing world of problem solving, and most of my submissions here are in PASCAL. Let's hope that our online judge would never drop it... :wink:
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Post by kp » Wed Nov 16, 2005 3:58 pm

IMHO

1. Pascal is the BEST programming language ever...
2. Delphi 6.0 is the BEST pascal compiler ever...
3. The main feature and problem of the pascal is it's not a product of MicroSoft :)

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hmm

Post by shahriar_manzoor » Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:30 pm

This may not be the reason with ICPC because IBM is the sponsor of ICPC not microsoft, also ICPC World Finals does not use MS OS or compiler.

Main reason for dropping pascal can be that it is not very popular now in many countries including US.

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