As I mentioned before, this program was initialy released under the name `Detolte'. A lot of time has passed since, and I thought it would be nice to fetch the old dos-sources (for which things were written once), and redo the thing for linux.
This release is nothing more than a recompilation under Linux with all the warnings fixed. Still contains zillions of bugs, is still extremely crappy seen from the c-coding point of view (that's also why I won't release the source-code YET).
Jun 2 (1996)
A.F.A.I.R. (==as far as I remember), added routines that looked what moves a pion on a given position could do
aug 7 (1996)
first serious attempt on in-depth search
aug 12 (1996)
first version playing following the rules with in-depth search
aug 13 (1996)
rewrote some move-selection-code in think()
aug 19 (1996)
started coding on "rokade"-moves (v0.851Alpha)
aug 20 (1996)
reduced memory-usage (v0.852Alpha)
aug 21 (1996)
made 'm less suicidal, made 'm less predictable (v0.855Alpha)
aug 22 (1996)
corrected some bugs and enhanced one of the most important routines for the move-selection, made 'm even less suicidal, added some strategic stuff
aug 25 (1996)
rewrote & simplified & probably removed some bugs in the thinkroutine, added (yeah, again) some more strategic stuff, it seems I've removed a bug introduced a very long time ago. that the program managed to do some sort of chess-playing with that bug puzzles me totally.
sep 1 (1996)
removed a bug in the do-rokade-move routine. very strange that the compiler didn't complain about that one (non-initialized structure).
sep 8 (1996)
made its move-selection more "logical", started working on a routine that analyses how it can prevent that *YOU* (Detolte's opponent) can work out your plan (!), started making the sourcecode better readable for me. may decrease the speed of everything, might also speed up things.
sep 12 (1996)
finally got the @&*#&^(!% thing compiled again. Tomorrow (or later), I'll start removing bugs and debugging and everything I hate to do but have to do :-( (first impression: probably not much debugging to do. everything seems to work) * Next release version will be v0.885Alpha (or later)
oct 9 (1996)
started again from scratch
oct 10 (1996)
recovered old sources and decided that not all code was trash :-)
oct 17 (1996)
did a first compile on my first piece of new code; it seems those pointers gonna cause me a lot of headpain :-( I think I might rewrite stuff in C++
May 2 (1999)
Retrieved the sources of 17 oct 1996 from some rotten harddisk and recompiled them for Linux. Also removed the most obvious bugs, removed all the warnings and placed it on the web.
September 17 (2003)
Ported to MacOS X