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While I agree "using tools that solved the problems already is kind of pointless", I don't see anythign wrong with attacking algorithmic problems with say, just the standard Perl installation
It depends on what kind of algorithmic problems your problem is about. If it's a parsing problem, there's a gigantic difference between using Pascal and Perl. The former will force the programmer to make an algorithm. The latter only needs a few buttons to be pushed. If the problem asks for complex matrix manipulation, it's going to be a lot easier in APL than in C.

If you want to focus on solving algorithms, you let everyone use the same language, or set of languages, and you pick reasonably 'bare-bone' languages, like Pascal and C. You don't pick Perl, Python, or APL.

Abigail


In reply to Re: Competition fuels obsession over Perl by Abigail-II
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