May 29th 2004
The May 2004 JROBOTS Challenge ends now! As usual, the official results will be published on wednesday, June 2nd. Now only just a few comments follow about this disastrous month of May.
After this long month that seems to never reach an end, I must apologize for all the inconveniences occurred to the players. The first two weeks were lost waiting for a reply from the owner of CFXweb and setting up the new site at SourceForge. The CFXweb site is not fully recovered yet from being hacked, so the choice to migrate to SourceForge was a good one. Unfortunately (or fortunately from another point of view) SourceForge has a more sucure support for CGIs, but their management becomes more difficult for me because a simple FTP access is not available. Finally some bugs appeared in the server-side code migrating from the old directory tree to the new one. I hope that no other bugs are hidden in the code and I hope that the next tournament will flow with only minor inconveniences as in the past four years of JROBOTS challenges.
Anyway this month brought also the greatest number of uploaded jrobots even seen for a long time. There is a total amoust of 45 jrobots in the two leagues (not counting the clones of Bohan caused by a bug). Is the new site more visible? I hope so because I feared to leave the old site, so well advertised in the past months.
The official results and more comments about the old and new jrobots in the two Leagues will appear on June 2nd. As usual the results of the past challenge are already available on-line to the Alan Lund's "Watch" utility: Simply prepend an "old" string to the names of the default files (robots.txt and combats.txt become oldRobots.txt and oldCombats.txt, while robotsCadets.txt and combatsCadets.txt become oldRobotsCadets.txt and oldCombatsCadets.txt)
Now you can upload your jrobots to win the June 2004 JROBOTS Challenge (June 5th-26th 2004) aka Happy Days are Back Again!
May 9th 2004
JROBOTS is up and running again at http://jrobots.sf.net
Now it is official: CFXWeb.net, the site that hosted JROBOTS for more than four years, was hacked. Someone found a security hole in the PHP-Nuke version installed by CFXweb and create a lot of problems to the pages hosted there. In particular, I coudn't access the JROBOTS site since May 1st. What a wonderful world!
In the meantime, I tried to set up again the old JROBOTS site at ProHosting, but now that free service includes automatically in the served pages very annoying banners. So I asked to the administrators of SourceForge (a hosting site for open source projects) to host JROBOTS. They approved the project and now JROBOTS Challenges can continue: Happy days are back again!
We'll see if the new host is good as the old one, but an advantage is already available: We have forums now. When CFXweb will restart its service, I'll point its pages to SourceForge so we'll regain all the visits of the links that point there.