Have you always wanted to automate minesweeper?

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I am running a contest as part of the Test Automation Bazaar in Austin, Texas from March 23-24.

The challenge is to write a robot that plays (and wins) expert games of minesweeper. You can use whatever language and tool you like. A colleague of mine, Mark Ryall, and myself have written a web version of minesweeper from scratch using Coffeescript. It’s available to play at minesweeper.github.com.

Full details of the contest are on the conference web site hosted on watir.com.

Good luck! It sounds easier than it is.

Author: Alister Scott

Alister is an Excellence Wrangler for Automattic.

2 thoughts on “Have you always wanted to automate minesweeper?”

  1. No way – it would take ages! Not because of the code to build, but because this webminesweeper is sooooo incredibly slooooow.
    That implementation is a very good example for how immense use of AJAX could make a UI unusable just because of the network latencies involved…


    1. Maybe it’s your internet connection: works fine for me.
      Just check out the minesweeper JS and run locally if you find it slow.


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