Perl 6 Contest
Perl 6 Contest
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011

If you fancy winning a whole heap of books, consider entering the 2011 Perl 6 Coding Contest.

The 2011 Perl 6 Coding Contest has been announced on the Perl 6 blog, Strangely Consistent. Organised by Moritz Lenz and Carl Mäsak this competition is:

for people who are aware that Perl 6 has been "officially released", and who want the perfect excuse to start playing around with the language.

Launched on December 25, 2011 it runs until January 29, 2012 and registration runs until January 7. To enter you need to send an email to

There are five task all of which have to be completed:

  • Find a way to express an integer as an expression containing four 9s
  • List numbers which are sums of cubes in more ways than one
  • Calculate addition chains
  • Slide a hex-shaped piece across a board
  • List all possible trees of a certain type

There are two prizes, a first prize of 100 Euros worth of books from Amazon and a second prize of Amazon books worth 100 USD. The judges will be looking for "top-quality code" in Perl 6 that shows:

  • Correctness
  • Readability
  • Consistency
  • Clarity of intent
  • Algorithmic efficiency
  • Idiomatic use of Perl 6
  • Brevity

 More Information:

The 2011 Perl 6 Coding Contest


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