Martin Pedersen (pee-dr-sin)
I was born in '73, so I am not as ancient as GrubbmGait. I've been programming since I was around 10, when monitors were monochrome, and the Apple II was hot stuff. I started programming seriously when working for my father at 15, evolving from BASIC to dBase III to C++. Then I got a job at CalTrans doing C++, picked up Java a couple jobs later in 2000, and have been doing Java since. A friend mentioned Robocode to me circa October of 2005, and I've been addicted ever since. I take a break from time to time.
One bit of advice my friend imparted was to not look at other people's code. It took the fun out of it once he started peeking. And so, aside from the occasional bug help for a new robocoder, I don't look at code implementations from other people, just ideas. Exceptions to this are cited below.
- /Hubris (working title of my latest bot)
- /Ugluk (primary competitive bot)
- /Grishnakh (performance milestone)
- /Banzai! (rambot)
- /Roland (testbed for bullet shooting)
- /Moron (reigning champion at losing)
I certainly don't hate any bot authors, but I sure hate the bots they produce. When I started coding, the most active bot authors were GrubbmGait, Loki, Corbos, and Wcsv, with their bots GrubbmGrb, Freya, Chomsky, and Stampede2, respectively. The day I could beat Freya 0.31 in duels was a good day. I never did beat it consistently in melee.
While I take pride in my code being of my own design, some implementations are very close to the illustrations or suggestions of others.
- Rolling Average Formula by Paul Evans (RollingAverage)
- Evaluating Your Melee Bot by Kawigi (MeleeStrategy)
- Special thanks to Wolfram MathWorld for their geometry illustrations.
- Circle-Line Intersection Formula at Wolfram MathWorld (link)
- Circle-Circle Intersection Formula at Wolfram MathWorld (link)
- Circle-Circle Tangents Illustration at Wolfram MathWorld (link)