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Welcome to the TopCoder Cookbook Receipe Contest & Rules
Welcome to the TopCoder Cookbook Recipe Competition.

This competition is an open call to the TopCoder members to develop "recipes" for the TopCoder Cookbook. Each recipe in the TopCoder Cookbook should describe a solution to a problem frequently encountered by TopCoder members when participating in a TopCoder competition. This can include – but is not limited to - use of tools, competition formats, process, navigating the web sites, or common types of competition problems. Any common problem that you have encountered and solved when competing on TopCoder could be the subject of a recipe! There will be chapters (or sections of chapters) for each type of TopCoder competition, with each chapter or section containing recipes specific to that type of competition. Recipe submissions should be posted in the forum for that type of competition. Discussion about the TopCoder Cookbook should take place in this forum.

A recipe submission should include (i) a recipe title, (ii) 1-3 sentences describing the problem, (iii) a description of the solution (1 or more paragraphs, possibly with code), and (iv) a discussion (1 or more paragraphs) that shows the relevance or how the solution might be applied in different circumstances. References to specific past competitions and actual solutions are helpful, and should be appropriately attributed.

Recipes that are good ideas but not ready for publication will be the subject of an additional competition to improve and complete it. Recipes that are complete and well written will go straight to final fixes and bypass the second competition, with additional points awarded to the original author.

Please review the Official Rules for the Recipe Competition before participating. Do not submit recipes in these forums unless you agree to the competition rules. More information about the TopCoder Cookbook project can be found in the project description.

The contest begins at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on May 19, 2009 and ends at 2:59 p.m. U.S. EDT on June 16, 2009.

Please keep in mind:
  • We intend to allocate pool points as described in the project document and the Rules, but this project is experimental and subject to change. All decisions about pool point allocation are at TopCoder's final discretion.
  • There will be no cash payments made until the Cookbook is completed, and payments will be made based on the contributions to the final draft of the Cookbook, as will be decided by TopCoder and O'Reilly.
  • All winning contributors will be asked to complete a competition affidavit, releasing TopCoder and agreeing to these rules and TopCoder's Assignment 2.0, which will assign submissions to TopCoder.


    edit: Competition end extended until June 16, 2009.