About The Contest

The first ever Olympiad of Misguided Geeks contest at Worse Than Failure (or OMGWTF for short) is a new kind of programming contest. Readers are invited to be creative with devising a calculator with the craziest code they can write. One lucky and potentially insane winner will get either a brand new MacBook Pro or comparable Sony VAIO laptop.

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Requirement #1: Technical

Let’s get this out of the way first: all submissions must be coded in C/C++.

Windows users: win32 projects only. Your submission should include a solution file if you use any version of Visual C++ (see special Visual C++ Express Edition setup instructions on the Getting Started page). Include build instructions or a makefile otherwise.

*nix users: GTK+ 2.0 only. Include a makefile or build instructions.

Whether you’re a Microsoft zealot or a Linux hippie, the takeaway here is that we don’t want to have to jump through too many hoops to compile your entry. If it takes us more than a half hour, we might just give up and move on to the next one.

We don’t want any assemblies, either; just your submitted code so that we can compile and verify it. If we have any problems with the compilation, we’ll try to get a hold of you and get things sorted out.

You can use third-party libraries, but only if they’re free and we’re not going to get in trouble for publishing your submission online. You automatically lose if we get any grief from some angry library developer. Use common sense.

Including screenshots is optional, but encouraged (to make our lives easier).

Post any questions you have in the forums.

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