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Why this topic Foreign Author vs Local Author ?

If you WERE , ARE or WILL take up Engineering or any Professional Course then this topic is sure to hit your mind at some point of time.

Everyone loves to be the best Engineer hoping to work on some creative stuff and do great innovations. But the point is “Does the education system of today teaches us to be creative?”

I felt i would become a notable Engineer who will be recognised for some great works one day, when i first entered my college. But they were nothing different from my school.The Whole System was focused on Marks.Education systems of today are trying to achieve marks rather than knowledge.Its so strange where some colleges even provide notes for the students to prepare for exams ! :-/ OMG Why would they do that ? We are not school kids…

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Java TicTacToe


Hello people! Wow its been a while since I posted something here…! I must say I really miss writing stuff and I promise I wont get into a ‘writer’s block’ again. Hopefully :).. A helluva lot of things happened in the last two months and I’ve got loads to say. But in this post Im just gonna publish a small application that I wrote sometime ago. Its a TicTacToe game application. There’s not much to be learnt from this particular program but I really want to get outta this impasse and hence Im posting this today.

I actually wrote this code to show off some of the really cool features of Java to one of my friends who also wrote the same application in a “C++”-esque style. And btw that friend of mine even developed code for the computer player. But after completing his code he sadly realized the basic fact that you cannot win in TicTacToe if you play perfectly!! Hehe 😀 So I did not venture into that area. Well to be honest, Im not really interested in writing AI apps. But I thought of adding Network Multiplayer functionality to this application since I love network programming. But unfortunately I havent had the time to do so.

Anywaiz the application works like this – the game is autostarted once launched and the status bar indicates which player’s turn its now and rest is just simple tictactoe! And at the end of the game the app is automatically reset.

Onto the code..


import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.util.logging.Logger;

/**
* TicTacToe Application
* @author Steve Robinson
* @version 1.0
*/

class TicTacToeFrame extends JFrame
{

	JButton [][] buttons= new JButton[3][3];
	JTextField statusBar;
	GamePanel panel;
	Integer turn;
	GameListener listener=new GameListener();
	Integer count;

	public TicTacToeFrame()
	{
		setLayout(new BorderLayout());

		panel=new GamePanel();
		add(panel,BorderLayout.CENTER);

		statusBar=new JTextField("Player1's Turn");
		statusBar.setEditable(false);
		add(statusBar,BorderLayout.SOUTH);

		setTitle("Tic Tac Toe!");
		setVisible(true);
		setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
		setBounds(400,400,300,300);
	}

	class GamePanel extends JPanel
	{

		public GamePanel()
		{
			setLayout(new GridLayout(3,3));
			turn =1;
			count=0;
			for(int i=0;i<3;i++)
				for(int j=0;j<3;j++)			{
					buttons[i][j]=new JButton();
					buttons[i][j].putClientProperty("INDEX", new Integer[]{i,j});
					buttons[i][j].putClientProperty("OWNER", null);
					buttons[i][j].addActionListener(listener);
					add(buttons[i][j]);
				}
		}
	}

	class GameListener implements ActionListener
	{
		public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
		{
			count++;
			JButton b=(JButton)e.getSource();
			Integer[]index=(Integer[]) b.getClientProperty("INDEX");

			//System.out.println(turn);	//turn       											//			//System.out.println("["+index[0]+"]"+"["+index[1]+"]");  							//
			b.putClientProperty("OWNER", turn);
			Icon ico=new ImageIcon(turn.toString()+".gif");
			b.setIcon(ico);
			b.setEnabled(false);
			boolean result=checkVictoryCondition(index);
			if(result)
			{
				JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Player "+turn.toString()+" Wins");
				initComponents();
			}
			else
			{
				if(turn==1)
				{
					turn=2;
					statusBar.setText("Player2's Turn");
				}
				else
				{
					turn=1;
					statusBar.setText("Player1's Turn");
				}
			}
			if(count==9)
			{
				JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Match is a draw!");
				initComponents();

			}

		}

		Integer getOwner(JButton b)
		{
			return (Integer)b.getClientProperty("OWNER");
		}

		//PrintButtonMap for Diagnostics
		void printbuttonMap(Integer [][]bMap)
		{
			for(int i=0;i				for(int j=0;j					System.out.print(bMap[i][j]+" ");
				System.out.println("");
			}
		}

		boolean checkVictoryCondition(Integer [] index)
		{
			/*Integer[][]buttonMap=new Integer[][] {
					{ getOwner(buttons[0][0]),getOwner(buttons[0][1]),getOwner(buttons[0][2])},
					{ getOwner(buttons[1][0]),getOwner(buttons[1][1]),getOwner(buttons[1][2])},
					{ getOwner(buttons[2][0]),getOwner(buttons[2][1]),getOwner(buttons[2][2])}
			};

			printbuttonMap(buttonMap); */

			Integer a=index[0];
			Integer b=index[1];
			int i;

			//check row
			for(i=0;i<3;i++)		{
				if(getOwner(buttons[a][i])!=getOwner(buttons[a][b]))
					break;
			}
			if(i==3)
				return true;

			//check column
			for(i=0;i<3;i++)		{
				if(getOwner(buttons[i][b])!=getOwner(buttons[a][b]))
					break;
			}
			if(i==3)
				return true;

			//check diagonal
			if((a==2&&b==2)||(a==0&&b==0)||(a==1&&b==1)||(a==0&&b==2)||(a==2&&b==0))
			{
				//left diagonal
				for(i=0;i					if(getOwner(buttons[i][i])!=getOwner(buttons[a][b]))
						break;
				if(i==3)
					return true;

				//right diagonal
				if((getOwner(buttons[0][2])==getOwner(buttons[a][b]))&&(getOwner(buttons[1][1])==getOwner(buttons[a][b]))&&(getOwner(buttons[2][0])==getOwner(buttons[a][b])))
					return true;

				}

			return false;

		}
	}

	void initComponents()
	{
		for(int i=0;i<3;i++)			
                         for(int j=0;j<3;j++)		{
				buttons[i][j].putClientProperty("INDEX", new Integer[]{i,j});
				buttons[i][j].putClientProperty("OWNER",null);
				buttons[i][j].setIcon(null);
				buttons[i][j].setEnabled(true);
				turn=1;
				count=0;
				statusBar.setText("Player1's Turn");

			}
	}

}

class TicTacToe {

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable(){
			public void run()
			{
				TicTacToeFrame frame=new TicTacToeFrame();
			}
		});

	}

}

The code is rather straightforward. Ive used two properties in the Buttons to store some information used for checking the winning condition. One is the “OWNER” property which indicates which user currently owns the square and the “INDEX” property which indicates the square’s index in the grid (ie [1,1], [1,2]… etc) Once any player clicks on a square, the OWNER property is updated and the victoryCondition is checked by using the OWNER properties of all the buttons. The rest of the code is self explanatory.

And adding keyboard support for the second player is a pretty easy job. As they say… “I leave that as an exercise”! Hahaha 😀 Well I really hope I get some time so that I can add network functionality to this application.
Cheers,
Steve.

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I forgot to attach the image icon files that will be used by the application. You can download it from here…

 http://www.mediafire.com/?d7d93v2342dxind

Just extract the contents to the folder that contains the code. Thanks to my friend “Gur Png” for telling me about this. 
-Steve