Hi everyone, for the past few months I've been learning to program in Java. When I first started I set my self the project of developing a chess utility, that would be a database of chess games and would interact with RHP. The client will autimatically connect to the site, download all the games you've ever played (obviously this would only happen the first time!) and your games in progress. You'd then be able to use the client to search your games for similar board positions and make moves that would then be relayed back to RHP. You'd also be able to import any external games you like.
Well the time is near. I have nearly completed the first stage of this project, that is the database section. In the next few weeks I'd like to release a beta of this element. It will allow you to create a database from PGN files which will be searchable on board position and some other criteria (Win, lose draw, player names etc...).
Before that however I'd like to pick the brains of you the community. As of the moment my software does not have a name! My favourite so far is "RedHotMate" (I have permission from Russ to work from the site name). However I'd apprciate any feedback on this and any other name suggestions.
The development time on this is a bit erratic as it's just a project I do in my spare time, so don't be expecting a fully blown client to come out anytime too soon. However if any ones interested in testing out this software for me then I am hoping to get this intial release out within 2 weeks. From any one who uses it I would be interested in getting feed back on the software, both in terms of bugs and feature enhancements and general advice on how I can improve the GUI.
To be involved you need to have at least Java runtime enviroment version 1.4.2_03 installed on computer. Having said that a) I'd recommend that you (and everyone frankly!) has the latest version of the JRE (that is 1.5 or 5.0 in their new naming convention) and b) if a lot of people either don't have access or are un-willing to upgrade to the latest versions I could compile in an earlier version. Thats something that will come out of the tesiting! It does look better in 1.5 though as it takes advantage of the new ocean theme Sun have produced...
Any way, names suggestions now would be welcome, and any one who's interested in testing the program can register an interest now. For any one who wants to read a rather erratic history of my development the see the developers forum thread called "Data organisation at RHP.
MooseSoft (my company name i've just invented!)
p.s I'm posting this here because only a small hardcore read the developerrs forum but I don't want to expose this to the masses in the general forum quite yet, Site idea's is a happy compromise!