Next week we are kicking off a new 30 day series for HP IDOL OnDemand to build #awesome stuff with Swift. There's $20,000 in prize money up for grabs so I wanted to put together a quick blog post on how stupid-simple it is to use the HP IDOL OnDemand APIs.
So here's a quick Playground that uses the OCR Document API to extract the text from the following image. You can Try the API for
If you are like me, you just can’t stop watching those ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos! They are all over Youtube, Facebook, my grandmother's blog and the local country club. At Appirio and topcoder we take helping out worth causes seriously. Well... we are serious about helping out but we always have fun doing it. Our Silver Lining program just wrapped up an #icebucketchallenge campaign. We had
On long weekends I like to do one of two things: 1) convert Russian literature into binary 2) poke fun at our President, Narinder. Since I finished converting Alexander Pushkin's The Bronze Horseman early last month I decided to turn turn my attention to more important endeavors. I've always been a fan of old-school 80s games and thought I could kill two birds with one stone by creating a "pong"
Over the past couple of weeks for our #GetSwifter series, we've been running ad-hoc algorithm Playground challenges in Swift. These have turned out to be so popular that we've decided to schedule new algorithm challenges each week. You're welcome!
So starting today, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday we'll be launching a new algorithm challenge that will last till the next one begins.
We have been working hard to create a very intuitive, clean, and fast browser-based arena client to engage the community like never before, and today we are very pleased to announce the official launch of topcoder web arena beta!
The web arena is being built by the community, for the community. Now we are opening it to all of our members to start participating in matches. Members using this new
Our #GetSwifter series to help people learn Apple's new programming language, Swift, is off to a great start! In the first week we've had over 1000 people register for our Learn Swift challenge and multiple submissions for our t-shirt design contest.
If you are looking to get involved with Swift, in addition to the Learn Swift challenges, we have 10+ fun Swift programming challenges
Parsing JSON using Swift is not a happy task. One of the first things I wanted to do in a Playground was call the topcoder API and start playing with the returned challenge data.
Unfortunately parsing JSON in data is almost akin to chewing glass right now (hopefully it will get better). You would think that since working with JSON is such a fundamental task nowadays, that it would be much
Announcing the first HP IDOL OnDemand Marathon Match: OCR deskewed and de-lovely. In this Marathon Match community members will create order out of image chaos! The challenge at hand its to write an algorithm that computes homography mapping from a set of skewed images onto a set of de-skewed images, free from perspective distortion and rotation.
The Top 5 performers in this Marathon match will
Back in June we launched our Refer Your Way to TCO program. A spin on our ongoing Referral Program, and we were very excited of what was to come. Little did we know that it would be so wildly successful. One member specifically, gauravs23 really took a liking to this program and completely shattered our expectations, referring an additional 100 members than the program looked to achieve. Well,
Since we kicked off our "Learn Swift" series yesterday I thought I would chronicle how I went about getting started with Swift. Hopefully it will benefit new members participating in our Swift challenges.
In July, we decided to launch our Swift series and I was tasked with learning Swift (hurrah!!!), putting together the Swift site and designing the Swift challenges and running them. A