KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

 

GEEK JEOPARDY SOFTWARE TEST DRIVE A WINNER!

Presented by Jon Smitley


Everything worked perfectly tonight in the
Geek Jeopardy software test drive. No bugs
were detected. It has been tested and it
is working fine! GO JON AND PROJECT CREW!!!

Almost everyone knows how the TV quiz show
Jeopardy is played. Hasn’t it been a very
successful edutainment format TV game show?

Back in October of 2001, on Halloween, KLUG
members gathered in Dunbar Hall on the WMU
campus for what was being billed then as Open
Source Jeopardy. Adam Williams used a classroom
chalkboard to list the answers and KLUG's
Brian Ritz was the scorekeeper. Adam had the
questions written on cards which were sorted by
points and categories. Adam transferred that
info to an entire wall of chalkboards. That was
a bunch of writing and the manual score keeping
was rather difficult. In following years, the
name was changed to Geek Jeopardy and Adam put
all the information into a spreadsheet application.
That sure beat all that writing.

In anticipation of celebrating the 5th year of
the annual festivities, KLUG Linkmaster (KLUGware
too) Jon Smitley put Open Source tools together
with the game process to create an application
with a graphical user interface for the display
of the categories, points, and answers. It even
handles the game scoring. Wheel of Fortune's Vanna
White was apparently unwilling to perform the
scoring duties for us. It does include an MC
display that provides the correct questions. Even
Alex Trebek could handle this application. He also
had the buzzer system working just like it was
expected to. There are Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy,
and even Final Jeopardy sessions included. Jon calls
the application "AMPardy." The Merv Griffin attorneys
vigorously protect their intellectual property
so care was taken to not be taunt copyright actions.

AMP stands for the Apache web server, the MySQL
database, and the widely-used general-purpose
scripting language that is especially suited for
web development and can be embedded into HTML…
PHP! Were any problems encountered? Only minor
ones and that is why all software is beta tested.

Jon, with some help, did an excellent job of
putting together this AMP application. You can
be sure it will be ready for Halloween 2005 and
the annual KLUG Geek Jeopardy party. There was
some uncertainty about whether or not this
application could be released as Open Source
code without running into legal problems.
We’ll find out more about that in the future.

The test topics included Geek Cinema, CPU
Architectures, YRO, Redmond, LDAP, Samba, X11,
Slang, XML, CLI, "Things that spin", and "RFC
Potpurri" that were snagged from a previous
year’s spreadsheet archive file. The software
testing session was enjoyed by a raucous crowd
of previous year Geek Jeopardyenthusiasts.

(21 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)



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