At the wonderful WordCamp London 2013 we had a sponsor’s table and were giving away t-shirts to anyone who wanted one. In the end we gave away some 70 t-shirts and hoodies.
The hoodies were meant for those who successfully completed our coder’s challenge which was as below:
However, we quickly realised that we were going to have a lot of hoodies left, so we gave them to anyone who entered, as very few people got the answer right.
There are actually two correct answers that we were willing to accept, so to honour those who did answer correctly, here are the results, with links!
Well done to you three for being the only ones to get the answer correct at WordCamp London itself.
An honourable mention also goes to Andrey Savchenko (Rarst) who wanted to compete online and got the correct answer very quickly. The only other person I know of who completed the challenge correctly was my colleague Robert O’Rourke, who’s idea it was in the first place and, erm, myself.
I know it’s hard to get a code challenge right in the heat of the moment, and that in the noise of WordCamp it’s hard to work through code.
An ongoing code contest
We’re going to run more coder contests in future, with substantial prizes, and are hoping to run one either at the next UK WordCamp or as a fringe event. We’re hoping to see you there!
What do you think? Are coding standards in the world of WordPress up to scratch? Is it just that it’s easy to be caught out by PHP’s syntax?