This is an article about http://www.topcoder.com/
a site where programmer's can compete to win prizes.
Imagine a reality TV show that combines the performance-under-time-pressure of "Iron Chef" with the scheming and psych-outs of "Survivor," then adds the soaring braininess of—well, that's the problem, really: There isn't anything this smart on TV.
In a world where everyone knew Java or C++, a show based on the weekly computer programming contests organized by an outfit called TopCoder would be a smash hit. Camera crews sometimes show up for the finals that these contests lead up to each year—the next one is in May in Las Vegas. But the weekly run-ups themselves take place in an obscure corner of the Internet, largely unnoticed except by the several hundred people taking part.