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OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS, 2008, Vol. 2, 171-180
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1822-7732

On Using Testing-Related Tasks in the IOI

Ahto TRUU, Heno IVANOV

Estonian Olympiad in Informatics Tähe 4-143, EE-51010 Tartu, Estonia E-mail: ahto.truu@ut.ee, heno@siil.net

Abstract

One major area of software development that is mostly neglected by current computer science contests is software testing. The only systematic exception to this rule known to us is the Challenge round in the TopCoder contest. In this paper, we propose some patterns for designing tasks around testing theory and examine their suitability for being blended into the existing IOI competition and grading framework. We also present some case studies of using testing-related tasks on actual contestants.

Keywords:

programming contests, task development, software testing


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