IORCC

Ruby is known for its power, simplicity, clarity, yet like any other language can be obfuscated to the point of near unreadability. With Ruby's ability to write short and clear code, the next logical and insane step was to make it unreadable yet still accomplish something useful. Remembering the days of the IOCCC, SeaForth proposed that a contest be held yearly or biannually for Ruby. If for no other reason having far too much time on his hands and the sheer love of obscurity in all things.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

2005 Obfuscated Ruby Code Contest (IORCC)

International Obfuscated Ruby Code Contest Logo

This blog is designed to document the ups and downs, the ins and outs of creating a contest and having it succeed. Applying the general principles of sound logic and good humor, these ideas may be used to help your own event be a success.

The IORCC has received nothing but positive press, and we attribute this to the open and honest approach we have to requesting sponsorship and participation. Whether someone wants to submit an entry, participate as a judge or simply promote the IORCC, all parties win with a growing community and common interest and awareness of an alternative way to code, interact and share the art.

To date, we have had 95% committment from sponsorship requests. Fantastical, a word I made up to describe this phenom we're experiencing. But why? Why has the IORCC in a market that is soft, interest rates going up, jobs being shipped overseas and a growing unemployment rate, had such success? I'm positive I know the answer, but will drag it out a bit and expand on some themes and ideas as we explore Success in Sponsorship and Events. Hopefully you will gain some insites which will help you achieve success too.

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