I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. However, the 25th of December has always been a day I looked forward to.
Over the years, my family developed a tradition I would never miss for the world. It all starts with our closer circles of friends gathering at home the evening of the day before and talking about the exact same things as the previous year. A comforting groundhog Christmas thing, I guess.
On the 25th, my mom welcomes our family with a champagne glass and invites everybody to the living room, which features a tree surrounded by several shiny boxes.
Then, we proceed with opening the presents one-by-one. We do it that way because, in the end, we informally vote for the best gift in different categories: funniest, most spot-on, best overall.
Unfortunately, I’m stranded in Kraków this year. And if you are in a similar situation, I feel you.
But for one tradition that I skip, there’s one that I’m able to keep: the Advent of Code has started!
In the last couple of years, the puzzles provided an excuse to deploy my (shaky) knowledge of PureScript in 2018, Haskell in 2019, and Rust in 2020.
The best part has been learning together with old and new friends. When I got stuck, they sent help. And I tried to give back with some tricks of mine.
Here are all my tweets about the Advent of Code, and this week’s post:
Advent of Code 2020 — Let’s code the shit out of the Advent of Code together, shall we?
This week I want to feature other folks who are coding in public their Advent of Code.
Want to join the circle? Please, send me a message!
And if it’s not enough, I encourage everybody to check on Reddit what people are coming up with. I just scrolled it for a second and found Brainfuck, visualization of people boarding the plane, face generator for the passports, and a ton more!
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Let’s get to know each other and learn some cool stuff!