A question I always wanted to ask, and has never seen a plausible answer:
Why is ICPC not sponsored by ACM since 2019?
Anyone has some ideas or information?
According to the Bill's answer Here:
Where and when will the ICPC World Finals 2021 take place?
The target for the ICPC World Finals that concludes this ICPC cycle is March 2022. The place is one of my favorite places.
We will provide more information as the world health professionals lead us to victory over SARS-CoV-2 and its mutations. We are planning extra events during this academic year.
And we are committed to make adjustments as needed so that students who compete in regionals this academic year do not spend a year of eligibility compared to those who do not compete.
I wish you all a Happy New Year!
So, there is 15 months left to the WF...... Not sure what I will be doing 15 months later.
Many users on codeforces are uploading screencasts to youtube. During my past years as a participant, I never watched much screencast, and I think the same is true for many of my friends. Screencast just isn't popular or widespread among Chinese OI or ICPC participants.
So, though I found that these are truly valuable videos for improving performance, I still don't fell sure about how I should watch them. How are screencasts supposed to work? Should I watch one from begin to end for 2+ hours? What are the benefits and how can I get the most out of screencasts?
A few days ago, the blog about the book "Looking for a challenge 2" was posted on Codeforces, I read a quarter of the book and found that the quality was really good. I talked with a few friends about the book and we decided to buy the popular book "Looking for a challenge 1", which should be good as well. At first we considered buying a paperback version, but it was quite expensive and I'm afraid that some problems may occur during the shipment from Poland to China.
After a few days I found the book "Looking for a challenge" was available as a e-book (pdf) on the website "http://ibuk.pl" for 66,50 zł, the cheapest I can find on the internet. Although I can't read Polish, I used Google translate to buy the book. After I purchased the book with a master card, I was able to download the pdf version of the book. With the excitement, I started to download the book. The internet speed was about 100 Kbyte per second, and the book was about 60MB. I thought that my Internet was too slow, so I changed the network connection a few times and refreshed. After that, I found that I reached the download limit, and was not able to download anymore.
So, the situation is that I spent 66,50 zł (about 17.5 US Dollars) for nothing, since I can't download anymore and I never finished downloading even once. I was really depressed since it is quite a large sum of money for me, and that I still don't have the book. I tried to e-mail the website (using google translate, of course). I figured that there may be Polish participants on Codeforces who knows about the website ibuk.pl or similar situations, so I posted this blog to ask for help. What should I do? Is it likely that the website will let me download again or send me the book? Who else can I contact in this situation?
I'm grateful for any of your help! Thank you!
UPD : I received the reply three days later and got the PDF now! Thanks everyone.
TopCoder has been a famous competitive programming platform and I've heard of TopCoder for years. I've never participated in TopCoder rounds though. Like many of my friends, I started to really participate in online rounds since 2018, and Topcoder's fame already seemed to fade.
Last year, I did attempt to participate in a SRM, but I met various difficulties. Possibly I'm not clever enough but participating in SRM is indeed much complicated than participating a Codeforces Round.
In the end, I didn't success in participating in any SRM. A few days ago, I finally find the current Topcoder Competitive Programming Page with the future contest time, solution, problem archive etc. The Link. (Last year, all I found was the arena. That was indeed confusing to me, I never imagined that there is a separate page.) It is finally possible for me to start participating in TopCoder, but I found that on TopCoder, SRM participants in 2019 are typically ~300, while a few years ago there were ~2000 people in a single round.
I'm a bit worried that TopCoder is dying and start participating on a new platform is probably not a good idea for me, and that I will encounter more difficulties or that there will be even less or none participant in the future. However, I heard that the problems were good, Is it true? What are your suggestions for someone that wants to participate in TopCoder Contests in late 2019 to make it easier?