When faced with the daunting task of learning a new programming
language, it is reasonable to ask “What’s in it for me?” Why learn
Dylan, rather than focus on brushing up those Java or .NET skills?
Well, as they say, “the proof of the pudding is in the
eating”—or at least in the contest results.

The following information relates to Dylan’s performance in the
last few years of International Conference on Functional Programming
(ICFP) Contest. Despite the title, all kinds of languages are used
for these projects (ranging from Java and C all the way down to Bash

The following table summarizes Dylan’s performance, with each rank
linking to a more detailed analysis of the work done.

ICFP Performance

Year Topic Rank
2005 Cops & Robbers Cops & Robbers, The Twist Judge’s and Second Prize
2004 Dinner with Ambiants No prize
2003 Race track path algorithm Judge’s Prize
2002 Multi-Player Robot Game Eliminated in Round 4
2001 SML/NG Markup Language Optimizer Second Place
2000 Ray Tracer Eliminated First Round