— I recently offered a plush Delicious Monster sock monster if anyone could make my favorite macro a bit uglier and more efficient using the preprocessor, and although some said it was impossible, Toby Paterson posted the first solution that fits the specs. Mirko Viviani also posted a neat solution, and there was a bunch of neat discussion on the list, but I said the first solution that matched my criteria, so the prize goes to Toby. As an extra bonus, Toby, you can pick your favorite monster from the two below. (Also, e-mail me your physical address.)
— In July, I asked if anyone could find a class that, when subclassed, required you to call 'self = [super init]'. Ken Ferry wrote several cool programs to find classes that would return a different instance than the one you sent the -init message to, and although none of them were actually cases where calling 'self = [super init]' would help, it was a cool program so he won the $100 prize. He asked that his prize be commuted into a job interview, which I was only too happy to grant him, but a month later he (sadly) told me that Apple had hired him. (Apparently they aren't content just to simply hire away everyone who works for Delicious Monster, they also are now hiring people who I mention I might interview.)
— Way back in May, I posted a challenge in Grapher in Tiger, and young Padawan Lucas Newman responded with the answer. He won an upgrade to Delicious Library 2, but just recently also decided to upgrade that to becoming a remote contractor for Delicious Monster; he is now handling support and doing some programming for us under Drew Hamlin, our lead quality monster. We wish Lucas all the best in his assumed future career at Apple.
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