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Competition Archive 2019
« on: November 12, 2018, 04:42:35 AM »
After months of procrastination and computer woes, I can finally announce that there will be a 2018 update to the Competition Archive. The plans are for it to be ready before the new year. Here are the competitions the update should cover (please do tell me if I forgot anything!):

  • ZakStunts (2016-2018)
  • ZakStunts GAR (2016-2018)
  • ZakStunts NoRH (2016)
  • R4I (2016)
  • R4K (2016-2018)
  • LeStunts (2017; Dorsal and Second)
  • Superkart Special Event (2010)

I think almost all of those either are somewhere in my computer already, or are otherwise easy to retrieve. In any case, I will ask you folks if anything turns out to be missing.

On an additional note, another thing I would like to do is setting up some architecture for the Archive more resilient than a bunch of folders, textfiles and spreadsheets loosely correlated with each other. I'm not sure I will have time to play with that before the release, though.
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Re: Competition Archive 2018
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 10:17:56 AM »
  • ZakStunts GAR (2016-2018)
  • ZakStunts NoRH (2016)

Uhm, these can be filtered out from the result through the database, but I could also make the replay tags visible in the full list of results for a track. Would that help?

On an additional note, another thing I would like to do is setting up some architecture for the Archive more resilient than a bunch of folders, textfiles and spreadsheets loosely correlated with each other. I'm not sure I will have time to play with that before the release, though.

Tell me more.

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Re: Competition Archive 2018
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2018, 01:44:57 PM »
I could also make the replay tags visible in the full list of results for a track. Would that help?

It would help; also it is, for unrelated reasons, a feature I have been wanting for a long time  :) The way I once imagined it was having little (G) and (N) indicators in the replay entries, like the (A) ones for automatic transmission laps; in any case, I'll be happy with however form of display you decide on.

On an additional note, another thing I would like to do is setting up some architecture for the Archive more resilient than a bunch of folders, textfiles and spreadsheets loosely correlated with each other. I'm not sure I will have time to play with that before the release, though.
Tell me more.

While I didn't really feel such things when I was making an effort to update my working version of the archive at the end of every race, the prospect of updating it after not having touched it in years makes the procedures seem a bit fragile -- prone to mistakes, and perhaps with sub-optimal results for users. More specifically, I would like to have a single point of truth for race information: it might be, for instance, a SQLite database from which the text file race lists and the spreadsheet could be generated, and which could also be used to perform consistency checks on the .TRK and .RPL files (if not storing the files themselves there, though there are some subtleties that would have to be dealt with for that to work well). In terms of amount of work to do, the main complication is that such a plan would entail not only designing the database schema and writing the program, but also getting the ~900 race entries into the database -- a process that in all likelihood can't be fully automated.

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Re: Competition Archive 2018
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 01:22:23 AM »
Sorry for the months of procrastination... but I have news! I have finally started to make some real progress with the update: the R4K replays, which I consider the most critical element, are more or less in place now. ZakStunts GAR laps and other replays should follow shortly.

I'd like to hear your opinions on the release date. Given that it is already July, and that I will, at a minimum, wait for the July races to finish before the release, I wonder if I should wait for the 2019 season to end or just release it as soon as it is ready.

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Re: Competition Archive 2018
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2019, 02:24:13 AM »
That's great... the new archive!  And yes, it'd be nice to have it as soon as possible, but that would mean extra work if you have to rework it at the end of the season. I figure that we could wait till the end. If something comes up before, we could hurry it up. With the replays and tracks already collected, everything is safe anyway.
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Re: Competition Archive 2018
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 12:21:26 AM »
And yes, it'd be nice to have it as soon as possible, but that would mean extra work if you have to rework it at the end of the season. I figure that we could wait till the end.

After reading this, I'm now wondering: why not both?  :) I can arrange a preview release in August, and then prepare a further update for early January, to bring the release schedule back on track.

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Re: Competition Archive 2019 (August preview)
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2019, 10:00:18 AM »
At long last, I am glad to announce the Competition Archive is updated! You can already grab it from the ZakStunts downloads page. The added races were:
  • ZakStunts (2016-), including GAR and NoRH replays (in ZSC3\GAR and ZSC3\NORH);
  • Race For Kicks (2016-), including NoRH replays (in R4K\NORH);
  • Race For Immortality (2016);
  • Superkart Special Event (2010);
  • Le Stunts live races (2017 and 2019); and
  • The high-voltage.cz races I mentioned the other day, including one of the winning replays (thanks to Sledge, the admin).
Furthermore, the Archive now includes all of the twenty custom cars used in the included replays, so look no further next time you need to get hold of the Skoda  :)

This release is labelled "preview" because I will prepare an end-of-season update for January. Besides the remaining 2019 ZakStunts and R4K races, that update will hopefully include the other High-Voltage winning replay (if the race winner still has it) and some of the old ZakStunts NoRH replays (if any of you still have them ;)).