Programmer Deathmatch in Utah Draws Interest (And a New Recruit)

by pat eyler

It was in October that I first started seeing the billboard on my way to work. "Programmer Deathmatch! $10,000 grand prize!", it screamed at me as I drove by. Running down the side was a list of languages; C++, Java, Lisp (what was that doing there?), Ruby (What!?). It's a good thing I was riding the bus, or I might have caused an accident.

Next thing I knew, it was coming up in the local Ruby Brigade meeting. "Have you heard about the Deathmatch?" "Yeah, that sounds so cool. Are you entering?" Some people were excited, others intimidated, but the idea certainly generated some buzz. Berkeley Data Systems (the company behind, the online backup service) seemed to strike gold with this idea.


2006-11-22 09:46:46
What languages won in the "tie"?
2006-11-22 09:51:31
It was an eight way tie (none of the finalists was able to completely nail the requirements in the time allotted), so the languages were; C, C++, C#, Java, Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby.
Peter Cooper
2006-11-22 16:53:38
I'm just disappointed no one bothered to enter using Lisp! :)
AnĂ­bal Rojas
2006-11-22 17:32:29
THAT'a a real certification program ;-)
2006-11-27 08:18:07
That's just great. Tell us how to talk local companies into the idea, because I sure think it is valuable!