Example program solving BIO'97 Round One Question 2 Strategy 2

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To run the program:

  1. Click on the 'Start Reversi2' button. The program is now running.
  2. Click inside the text window to activate keyboard input to the program.
  3. Type in your input as required by the program.
  4. To re-run the program click on the button to 'Stop' the program, then click 'Start' again.
The application asks you to type in a 4x4 initial Reversi board, consisting of blank squares ('.'), white pieces ('0' - zero) and black pieces ('*'). Typing a positive number n instructs the program to make n moves according to strategy 2. Type zero and the program will then wait for you to type the co-ordinates of a square x y (the square must be blank and have at least one of its eight neighbouring squares occupied). Type a negative number and the program will terminate.

BIO'97 Round One

Running the program with Java outside a browser

If you have a Java runtime interpreter installed on your computer, you can run the program without using a browser. You need to download the files Reversi2.class and AppletConsoleApp.class to your computer. In the directory containing these files, execute the application Reversi2.class with the command
java Reversi2.class
substituting the name of your Java runtime interpreter for java. Alternatively, follow the instructions given in your Java documentation.

Obtaining a Java runtime interpreter

Free Java runtime interpreters are available for most major computer systems. See Sun's Java website for details (look for 'Java Runtime Environment').

Solution copyright (c) 1997 The British Informatics Olympiad (BIO).

This program may be freely copied by persons or organisations involved in the British Informatics Olympiad or the International Olympiad in Informatics, on condition that no changes are made and this notice is not altered. Distribution for profit is forbidden unless permission is first obtained in writing from the BIO.

This program is for educational purposes only and comes with no warranty, implied or otherwise, as to its fitness for any purpose.

Author: Antony Rix
Internet: http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/bio/
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The British Informatics Olympiad
Christ's College
Cambridge CB2 3BU
United Kingdom

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