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Contest140 - The Game of Life [UDPATE]

January 19, 2010

You may recall my blog posts from last year asking you to submit the most interesting program you can write in a single Twitter Tweet (140 characters or less). Any language is acceptable, and so long as anyone can compile and run it, you're in. There have been some interesting submissions, which I also posted, but so far the best is Conway's Game of Life written with MATLAB.

Although not an official submission--I stumbled upon it when reading a Tweet from Mike Swaine--it does qualify, and shows that interesting things can be done in 140 characters. 

Loren Shure from Mathworks (the makers of MATLAB), handed her blog off to Matt McDonnell who wrote the Game of Life in a single Tweet. You can read his blog entry here (http://blogs.mathworks.com/loren/2010/01/19/mathematical-recreations-tweetable-game-of-life/) which is full of useful information on algorithms also. Matt was inspired by this YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=a9xAKttWgP4&fmt=18) showing Conway's Game of Life being written in APL in one line. 

If you have your own submission, Twitter me at @ericjbruno or submit it here as a comment. So far I have a list of projects running that readers have submitted, and soon I'll create a web page to track all of the submissions so far.

More information on Conway's Game of Life: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway's_Game_of_Life 

Happy coding!


Update: Thanks to reader Richard Quist for pointing out that the code and blog were actually written by Matt McDonnell from Mathworks UK. Loren let him blog as a guest on her blog page.  I've updated the text above to reflect this accurately. 

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