So a few days ago I launched the Web Bot Battle Contest, except it isn't really a contest yet. Since there's no glittering prizes yet... I'm working on that.

In the meantime I've cleared up a bunch of little bugs: driving was actually free, firing could be done with zero energy (which did no damage, but revealed the locations of bots), improved/killed the output by converting to an XML system (which will hopefully allow someone to create a front end to make things pretty). I've also added a few features to help make bots more future compatible like initializing bots with information on scanning range, cost, etc.

If you haven't cracked your knuckles and coded a bot yet, jump in! There's a couple of tweaks and feature ads to come, then I hope to launch it as a fully fledged contest.

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Not seen anything like this before. Seems very interesting, although after a real through your docs I don't really understand what to do. I am still new on the rope with PHP :-)
#1 Skip (Homepage) on 2008-08-14 15:45 (Reply)

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Hi, I’m Paul Reinheimer, a developer working on the web.

I co-founded WonderProxy which provides access to over 200 proxies around the world to enable testing of geoip sensitive applications. We've since expanded to offer more granular tooling through Where's it Up

My hobbies are cycling, photography, travel, and engaging Allison Moore in intelligent discourse. I frequently write about PHP and other related technologies.