UVa Online Judge Tutorial (mirror)
What is It?
The UVa Online Judge is a web site where you can try solving a number of algorithmic problems by implementing the solution in C, C++, Pascal or Java. The problems are usually described in a few paragraphs and some sample input and output is given for the purpose of illustration. For example, the problem might state that a weighted, undirected graph is given as input and you are to output the cost of the minimum spanning tree.
Solving a problem on the UVa Online Judge requires the following:
The judging is automated (they use benchmark input and output files), so you can typically expect a response within a few seconds.
Getting Started: A Step-By-Step Introduction
The website is located at http://online-judge.uva.es/. After registering, choose "Browse Problems" then either the "Problem Set Volumes" or the "Contest Volumes".
Since this is a tutorial, I will suggest a problem. Pick the "Browse Problems", then "Contest Volumes" then select "Volume CXI" from here. We are going to try problem number "11172: Relational Operators", so select it from the list.
Begin by reading the problem statement; hopefully you realize that the problem is absolutely trivial. Don't worry, there are plenty of far more interesting problems on the archive. This problem is chosen to help you get used to the mechanics of the judge.
Make sure you are comfortable with the input and output specifications. When you submit the problem, the judge will supply their own input based on the input specification and the judge expects the output to conform to the specification in the problem description.
Begin by coding the problem. You should read the input from standard input and write to standard output (e.g. cin and cout in C++ or scanf() and printf() in C). For example, the following C++ code would solve this problem:
Try compiling this problem and testing it with the sample data; I suggest creating a file with the sample input and supplying this file to the program as standard input. For example, if the program name is 'relational' and the file name is 'input.dat', then you can test your code by executing ./relational < input.dat from a terminal window.
Does it work? Great! You are ready to try submitting it to the judge. In the upper-right corner of the problem description page you should see this graphic:
You can check the status of your submission by selecting the "My Submissions" link on the left side of the page. The "Verdict" heading will tell you if it was solved or if there was a problem (e.g. wrong answer, ran too long, crashed, too much memory was used, compile error, etc).
Compiling under Windows or Linux
UVa is designed for use with GNU C++, which normally runs under Linux.
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