The administrators of Cemetech are happy to announce the seventh official Cemetech programming contest. The theme of this contest will be Doors CS programs. All entries must use some feature of Doors CS to be eligible for the contest. For BASIC programmers, this includes using the specialized headers to add icons, define subprograms, and hide subprograms, the built-in XLib and Celtic III compatiblity libraries, or the upcoming Doors CS BASIC libraries. For ASM programmers, this includes using the Doors CS GUI subsystem, the Associate Program subsystem, or some other features that are unique to Doors CS (even if it's just the header). A secondary goal of the contest is to introduce programmers to the extra features and power that Doors CS facilitates, so the more creative and efficient the use of Doors CS' features in your program, the better.
First, something everyone will be interested in: prizes. Brandon Wilson has generously offered to donate the top prize, a TI-73 that has been converted to a TI-83+ using his Chameleon program and then installed in a TI-83+ case. The contest will have two categories as detailed in the next paragraph, and a first, second, and third place winner will be chosen from each category. The two first-place winners will be fairly compared, and the entry judged to be the best will be awarded this top prize. A second prize that has not yet been chosen will be awarded to the first-place winner in the other category, and the second-place winners will also receive consolation prizes (feel free to post suggestions!).
We will be accepting two major classes of programs. One category will contain all BASIC and Hybrid (BASIC with XLib / Celtic III / Doors CS libraries) programs, while the second will consist of all pure ASM and Axe-compiled programs. The judges, Rivereye and myself, Kerm Martian, will make every effort to judge the entries fairly against others in the same categories and between categories based on our expert knowledge of the relative features and capabilities of BASIC, Hybrid BASIC, Axe, and Assembly.
The deadline for this contest will be 11:59:59pm Eastern Time, Sunday, September 5th, 2010. The results of the contest will be announced by the morning of Tuesday, September 7th, and the entries will be released to the general public during the day on September 16th to avoid violating the terms of the Omnimaga Axe contest and to allow possible cross-entries. The rules for this contest will be mostly similar to previous Cemetech contests. Programs should contain only original code, with some exceptions. Limited use of external libraries may be permitted on a case-by-case basis, but should be checked with one of the two judges. Only projects that have not been previously released will be permitted, and no code releases are permitted before September 16th, but unlike previous contests, publicity and posting about one's entry will be permitted, and feedback on ideas may be solicited from the general public. Again, users should not be asking for help with their code. The exception to this is Doors CS-specific questions, comments, or bug reports. I will be happy to work with any user to quickly resolve Doors CS bugs that may be preventing their projects from working properly, and points will not be taken off for bugs in entries that are the fault of Doors CS (although it is the responsibility of the coder to try to resolve these before the deadline).
Please feel free to post a topic in this Contest subforum when you decide you're going to enter the contest, to discuss whether a specific idea is appropriate, and to announce updates on your projects. We are open to appeals on the rules if you feel any of them are unfair, although we reserve the right to keep them as-is. Good luck, and have fun! To summarize:
PRIZES: Chameleon'ed TI-73/TI-83+ to the top entry, unannounced prize for the next three winners.
THEME: Use of Doors CS libraries and capabilities
DEADLINE: Sunday, September 5, 2010
ALLOWED: Publishing details and requesting idea/artwork help allowed
DISALLOWED: Releasing code, requesting non-Doors CS-specific code help