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- 11-21-2008, 07:02 AM #1Member
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Becoming a better programmer.
Alright, I've just completed my biggest software project ever. The problem is, its not that good. Let me tell you what its all about first:
The goal is to create a horse racing predictor.
1. User enters the details for a race (in Australia)
2. The software downloads an HTML file from a website (virtualformguide.com). That HTML file contains the results for a specific horse.
3. The software then scrapes the HTML file of important statistics.
4. Loads the statistics into a database.
5. The user can then view the horses statistics.
No prediction is made.
To give you a better idea of how this things works I've attatched it to this post, please change the file extension from .zip to .rar
Some things I want to do:
- Provide a progress bar so the user can see whats going on
- Eliminate the need for a user to input the race details, instead have the software capture the race details itself.
- Create some code to determine which horse wins the race (doesn't have to work perfectly, not even slightly perfectly)
- Create some code to simulate a betting strategy. So if a user were to take the software advise would he profit/lose money.
I've got a lot of free time now, at least three months and will be working on this quite a lot. Any suggestions, criticisms, or any feedback is fine. Don't hold back, I wont take any insults personally.
- 11-21-2008, 04:39 PM #2
I'm curious as to how the program would capture the race details. How does it know what race, time, place, etc? What sort of details is the user required to enter? Having the user input information to get data specific to that doesn't seems fine to me.
This shows you how to implement a progress bar into the program. How to Use Progress Bars (The Java™ Tutorials > Creating a GUI with JFC/Swing > Using Swing Components)
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