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

Official 2005 IORCC Sponsors

To date, the Official 2005 IORCC Sponsors are:

The Pragmatic Programmer, Dave Thomas
Syngress Publishing, makers of Ruby Developer's Guide
Purgatory Design with their Intaglio Graphics Package
Oreilly and Associates, Ruby in a Nutshell
The OS X Grandfather of Development, Andrew Stone his HUGE suite of apps!
Puzzles Forever Jigsaw Puzzle Maker
OpenBase, SQL for OSX, Linux and Windows
Running With Scissors, Postal2: Share the Pain
Sol Robots, Crossword Forge
Bartas Technologies, CopyWrite 2.x (latest)
MacroMate's Fantastic Code Management and Editor, TextMate
CodeTek's Virtual Desktop Pro
OmniGroup's OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle
dbSuite's WebBuilder and MacOSGuru's MySQL4X Manager J
Ecto for OS X
BasaSoft's Integrated Web Application Development Environment BasaOne for OS X
Bare Bones Software powerful yet simple Mail Smith 2.1 and their legendary editor BBEdit 8.0
Pipe for OS X
Ambrosia Software's seminal utility SnapPro X and for the audio buff WireTap Pro
Delicious Monster's fast rising super star program Delicious Library.

NOTE: While IORCC does make a concerted effort to request only the sponsors it deems as quality and viable to the Ruby Programmer, it should not be taken as an endorsement of said sponsor or product. The IORCC does out of habit request but not demand as part of it agreement with a sponsor a license for the packages promoted so that the IORCC may be congruent with its promotions. We believe in what we promote, to the extent that we try and use it for daily production. In the case where we don't have the money or the sponsor doesn't provide an item as a gift to the IORCC, we simply don't have the ability to explain how good or not the product is... That said, we work hard to disclose what we do, and why. If you have questions about the IORCC or its practices regarding sponsorship, please file it round. Thank you.

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.