Τρίτη, 7 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Swiss manager - Name & club issue

I was an arbiter in a tournament these days and I noticed that, after the update in my ranking list, the updated club names had lower letters, while the names had the first capital and the others lower. The ideal was, since there is a problem with the letter 'ς' (a greek character, must be 'ς' when at the end of a word and 'σ' elsewhere, swiss manager decided to put it 'σ' everywhere and this is bad. In capital letters, it is 'Σ' in both cases) the player names to be in latin characters (from the FIDE list) and the club names with greek capital characters.

So I came up with an idea, when it comes that the capitals and lower are mixed up. Here is the options dialog menu of the swiss manager:

In the "converting player names" it converts also the club names. So, if you select "SURNAME FIRST NAME" and click "update", every player AND every club name will be in capital.

Since I have both rating lists (FIDE and GRE) I switched every name with greek characters from the GRE rating list. Then, I made both the player and club names (with the process mentioned above) to capital letters. I switched back to the third option (as shown in the image) but didn't click update, instead I just clicked "OK". Afterwards, I switched again all the names with latin characters from the FIDE list. That way, all the names were changed and the imported names came with the first letter capital and the others lower, the club names were, of course, unaffected. Of course I had to edit manually the players that weren't in both rating lists but the main job was done.

Σάββατο, 1 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Site updated

It was time to update my webpage. I finished the major update several days ago but I was too lazy to write it on this blog. :P

Anyway, the update was quite big but only programmers will fully understand the true difficulty of this update. I edited both the code of the arcade and the forum so that when someone registers at the forum, automatically registers at the arcade too. So after a long research to understand how the forum code works (the arcade coding was quite simple) I managed to edit it so it updates both the arcade and the forum's user databases. With that knowledge in hand I created a small login feature on the main page of my website. It creates the both the dx cookie (my cookie for future purposes) and the arcade cookie, so if you login though the main page you'll automatically login into the arcade too. Also, I managed to transfer the shoutbox of the arcade to the main page. This will be the main shoutbox as it doesn't have limited features and such.

These updates come with some restrictions though:
  • You now can't register in the arcade. If you wish to access the arcade as a registered user, you have to register in the forum and you'll automatically register in the arcade with the same username and password.
  • Now the lowest level of password encryption is md5 and sha1 combination. This is because it's the encryption method of the arcade and I think that it's too complicated to try to change that.
  • Password reset have been disabled in the forum and of course in the arcade. If you want to reset your password contact dx4 through the contact form. Include your registered e-mail (or send the request from it) otherwise password reset will be impossible. Your new password will be sent to your registered e-mail after a confirmation e-mail.
Finally, the last update is that I made the contact form of my website active. That was pretty simple because I had left only one thing to do to complete the form.

Πέμπτη, 15 Μαρτίου 2012

TheDxSite.info created

I've purchased the thedxsite.info domain so my webpage will be there from now on. I'll keep the old website but I won't make any further changes there.

I will add many things in the new website. Most of them will have to do with stuff I learn from the university I go. 95% of the website is transfered already with no mistakes. The new format is xthml, for my own pages at least.

The free hosting website is http://www.000webhost.com/.  I strongly recommend it since it gives you many good stuff for free and has NO ADS. That is superb since ads (except from being annoying as hell) ruined the xthml format I wanted so bad to make.

Feel free to browse my new website and send me mail if you find that something isn't working well. I expect a few bugs at the begging but I know I'll be able to handle them.