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Re: ACM Programming Competition

by Sherlock (Deacon)
on Oct 17, 2001 at 17:07 UTC ( #119389=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to ACM Programming Competition

...I meant to join this year, but scheduling conflicts don't allow for it...

I'm assuming you're talking about your local chapter at school - for the most part, being a member of ACM doesn't require any time. If you go to, you'll find the organzation's homepage. If you're looking for membership information, check here - you'll find a link for a student membership, if that's what you're interested in. Professional membership is pretty steep, but as long as you're a student, the membership fee is actually quite minimal.

With your membership, you're not required to attend any meetings, but you'll be a card-carrying member of ACM. With that, you'll automatically get the ACM publication Communications and also the student publication Crossroads (along with a handful of other perks). Both are pretty good. If you want more information, check out their site.

- Sherlock

Skepticism is the source of knowledge as much as knowledge is the source of skepticism.

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ACM Digital Library
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 18, 2001 at 00:11 UTC

    You also get access the the ACM Digital Library, which has most of the papers from past Communications, Transactions, Proceedings etc in digital form (PDFs). Sadly they're often apparently scanned from paper so the files are large and the text isn't searchable, but it's still a tremendous resource.

    A great many of the fundamental algorithms from the 1970s were published in one of the ACMs publications, and it can be a goldmine. There's a lot of good stuff there which still isn't well-known outside the academic world.

    Ideally, of course, they'd make it available to everybody (not just ACM members). I hope they do.

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