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Connecting Four in the Cloud

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CloudIt almost seems like everyone has their head in the cloud these days. And it’s not all just hot air and water vapor. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) are truly revolutionizing the corporate computing industry.

That is why, for the past few months, my good friend Matt Feigal and I have been collaborating with budding startup Cloudular to bring you the next logical evolutionary step in cloud computing. Inspired by the skyward ascent of hardware, middleware and software, we are proud to bring you vaporized wetware; or “artificial intelligence as a service” (AIaaS).

I’m mostly kidding, of course, but here is something I cooked up over the weekend. A web service that plays connect four (based on an earlier post) and is looking for worthy sparring partners.

If you think you can code a better connect four algorithm (and you probably can, especially since I’ve deliberately lobotomized this particular version of my implementation), head on over to github and build your own to compete against mine. All the code and an interface description are available there. The service itself is available on Google App Engine.

I’ve got (part of) my head in the cloud, what about you?

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Written by Lukas Vermeer

July 5, 2012 at 13:31

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  1. Nice idea, but after losing four games to this lobotomized version I decided to not give it a go. Sorry. Also, I have red-green color blindness.

    Nils Breunese

    July 19, 2012 at 20:14

    • On the contrary! I think losing four games in a row is an excellent reason to build a computer program that can help you mitigate that particular personal deficiency. ;-p

      I can change the colors if you want; which ones would be better?

      Lukas Vermeer

      July 23, 2012 at 11:43


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