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    get a new contest going?

    how about best text based game? single player, multi-player allowed.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    I don't even read the documentation from design, why text-based?

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    more people would be able to enter. =)

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Maybe some Big Integer thing! Something that would be useful i guess

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    usefull is no fun. games are fun =)

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychotomus
    usefull is no fun. games are fun =)
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    never. programming must be about fun.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Programming can be both rewarding and challenging. But fun basically means you have no seriousness or desire really. Something challenging would be nice that will stimulate our minds!!!!!

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    I second the notion for a new contest.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    I got a nice idea for a new competition:

    A substitution code 'breaker' competition. E.g. the fastest code breaker/and most accurate code breaking program.

    Basically the idea is for a program to automatically decipher 2-3 lines or more text which is simply coded by substituting the letters with other letters of the alphabet.

    Any takers?

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Hey I am In --- can U explain more
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    "Its mostly the brave one who choose to not fight"

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    This is my first real post in this forum, so i have a question. Does the contest have to be in only VB6/.net? or can there be contests for other languages. Because i dont really program in vb anymore, i have moved to webbased PHP, and would like a PHP contest

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    There wouldnt be enough people to do a php contest. Also it would be very difficult to mark etc.

    I'm happy to get a contest going. Once we can get a decent Idea.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Raedwulf

    PM me your ideas, I'll see what we can do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raedwulf
    I got a nice idea for a new competition:

    A substitution code 'breaker' competition. E.g. the fastest code breaker/and most accurate code breaking program.

    Basically the idea is for a program to automatically decipher 2-3 lines or more text which is simply coded by substituting the letters with other letters of the alphabet.

    Any takers?

    I don't quet follow.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychotomus
    I don't quet follow.
    How would you know if you have the right text? Wouldn't that be something too random to try and mark it? Unless I'm missing something?


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    Re: get a new contest going?

    have to check for words in a dictionary. there goes how to do it =)

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    how about word descrambler? 5 6 7 or 8 letter words and we descramble them.
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    By 'descramble' do you mean just provide all possible combinations? Because that's fairly easy.
    If not, I assume you mean it's a specific word. Which means it's impossible to know what word it was originally because there could be multiple.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    if there are multiple real words, you would list them all. But in most cases there wouldn't be. And there would be plenty of ways to optimize your program's guesses such as not letting 4 vowels in a row or 3 of the same letter, etc.
    plenty of rules could be used.
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    I could do PHP as well.

    So how many PHP-able persons do we have here? What I've heard, a lot of VB6 programmers switched to PHP...

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    well from what i know there is:

    dclamp
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    depends entirely on what is decided on. I am very weak in some areas but willing to try anyway if it is something i am interested in. Text manipulation is no big deal at all. The first program i ever wrote was a text-based adventure.
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    im a phper

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    i was looking at a thread about all the languages people know, and majority of the members knew php. I think we should get a php contest going.

    I wouldn't mind being a judge

    AFTER READING FAQ:
    If i get enough people willing to do a contest in PHP, can i start a contest?
    Last edited by dclamp; Sep 10th, 2007 at 12:04 AM.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    what is php?
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    from PHP online manual
    PHP, which stands for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor" is a widely-used Open Source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML. Its syntax draws upon C, Java, and Perl, and is easy to learn. The main goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated web pages quickly, but you can do much more with PHP.
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Quote Originally Posted by techgnome
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    edit - are you SERIOUS? VBF won't take my message because it's "too short". Gimmie a break. I think I need to file a grievance in the ForumFeedback.
    it doesnt parse quotes when checking the length

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    if it's php then i am out. I am only now trying to pick up a little css.
    John Lord, Evansville Indiana

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    i should take a chit chat poll of people who know php, to get a good feel as to if we should start one

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    even if someone DID know it, wouldn't you have to have a server to test it on?
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    You can install Apache, PHP and MySQL on your own computer, there are some good and easy to use installations available.

    Also, Microsoft's IIS is available in XP Professional and it comes with every Vista installation disk (afaik), so you'd only need to put the disk in and voilá! you have a webserver on your machine. Of course you still need PHP (installing it manually by hand can sometimes be on the harder side, or atleast this was the case a few years back; I've used those easy Apache installations when I've had the need).

    So it isn't really a big problem, you can access web server running on your own machine by using localhost or 127.0.0.1 as the address.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    ok i started a poll in the chit chat section, but i think it needs to be moved to the general developer section...

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    hmm i am using corporate professional 64. I think i already have it installed. but i have disabled so many services for performance, that i may not be able to get it to run again I had issues in the past when i installed it in the first place.
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Just to let you guys know the contest would really have to be Vb or Vb.net (or both) while many of us (including myself) code PHP. This forum isnt a php forum.

    Thanks

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    It is not required that it be VB or VB.net

    Quote Originally Posted by Contest FAQ
    What Language Can We Use?

    Each contest will state the allowed languages but being a VB site they will more than likely be VB6 or VB.NET (some maybe open to both of these as well).

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    i vote for qbasic
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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclamp
    It is not required that it be VB or VB.net
    True, but having it in anything else would stop the vast majority of our members from competing.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Err... I don't see how we couldn't have a contest with another language. I don't see how it could do any harm. If someone doesn't know a language, he just doesn't take part; however, PHP is so widely adapted that there are lots of potential contestants.

    Anyways, I don't see why having a contest in another language would stop people from taking part in the next VB contest that could come after a PHP one.

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    Re: get a new contest going?

    Quote Originally Posted by si_the_geek
    True, but having it in anything else would stop the vast majority of our members from competing.
    To state the obvious: Not having a contest has stopped all members from competing. A contest of any kind would at the very least raise interest in future contests.

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