Meta Hacker Cup Practice Round
Good morning! The Meta Hacker Cup Practice Round starts in under 24 hours!
If you haven't yet, now's a great time to register for the round here. This round will be 72 hours long, starting tomorrow, September 21st at 10AM Pacific. Though it's optional, we strongly recommend participating. If you've never competed before, you'll see that Hacker Cup has a slightly unconventional submission system (you run your own code locally, and upload the output), so it's good to practice that. Be sure you have a sufficiently large stack size, for example, if you plan to use recursion in any of your solutions, and that you're familiar with compiling your code if you don't usually do that in other contests.
A couple other reminders before the contest starts:
- We ask that you don't discuss the statements or solutions (ideas or code) until after the practice round ends.
- If you choose to use an online compiler (such as IDEOne, or something else), it is your responsibility to make sure your code stays private. If your code becomes public, even by accident, you'll be DQ'd.
- If you're using Windows, don't use notepad because it sometimes may unexpectedly attempt to read some files as random Unicode characters.
If you're using an IDE, you may need to paste in larger inputs than you're used to. I recommend you do at least one of the following:
- Make sure your IDE is capable of allowing you to paste in huge (up to like ~70mb) inputs, or better yet
- Write your code to read from a file rather than stdin, or
- Redirect stdin to a file when executing your code.
You can also view some of our FAQs here. Good luck, have fun, and see you on the scoreboard!