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I'm new to robocode, and the learning curve is quite steep.
To phrase that another way, at one point my robot was locking on quite nicely to other robots, but subsequent versions (and prior versions) never appear to do anything sensible.
I'm an experienced programmer with lots of C and a bit of Java under my belt, so it's not the programming I'm struggling with.
I can get help with the specific physics questions (how do you get the angle between two headings? for example), so it's not that either.
I really just need someone who I can fire off a question "what does this do?" or "how does this work?" and get a simple response or a link to a wiki page.
I think if some sort of "big brother" mentorship programme were set up, a lot of people who would otherwise be put off by the massive learning curve might be encouraged to join in. More robots = more challenge = more fun. Right? :)
Until such a programme is set up, is there anybody out there who'd like to take a newbie under their wing? Please? :)