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2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) (2015)
Florence, Italy
May 16, 2015 to May 24, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4799-1934-5
pp: 398-407
ABSTRACT
Mastering a complex skill like programming takes many hours. In order to encourage students to put in these hours, we built Code Hunt, a game that enables players to program against the computer with clues provided as unit tests. The game has become very popular and we are now running worldwide contests where students have a fixed amount of time to solve a set of puzzles. This paper describes Code Hunt and the contest experience it offers. We then show some early results that demonstrate how Code Hunt can accurately discriminate between good and bad coders. The challenges of creating and selecting puzzles for contests are covered. We end up with a short description of our course experience, and some figures that show that Code Hunt is enjoyed by women and men alike.
INDEX TERMS
Games, Encoding, Joints, Training, Algorithm design and analysis, Programming profession
CITATION

J. Bishop, R. N. Horspool, T. Xie, N. Tillmann and J. d. Halleux, "Code Hunt: Experience with Coding Contests at Scale," 2015 IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), Florence, Italy, 2015, pp. 398-407.
doi:10.1109/ICSE.2015.172
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