10 July 2010

Release 1.4 now live: playoff support, image rendering of quizzes, email reminders and more

PL/SQL Challenge has now been upgraded to version 1.4. The main focus of this release has been to implement the new logic and pages needed for the championship playoff. We will send out an email on Monday with all the details regarding the playoff, including the list of participants and instructions.

Other changed/improved/fixed features are:
  • All quizzes are now rendered as images on the "Take Quiz" and "Past Quizzes" pages. We're aware that this is an issue for visually impaired players using screen readers and we regret to take this drastic measure, but unfortunately it's necessary in order to prevent copy/paste of the quizzes into a PL/SQL editor. Please contact us immediately if this is an issue for you or someone you know.
  • Reminder emails will now be sent automatically and can be configured to your liking from the Profile page.
  • Players can now submit their own Statistics queries: download a zip file with instructions and have at it!
  • PL/SQL Challenge twitter account now available for following. We will use this account to send out notifications to players.
  • Text and bugs on several pages modified and fixed, including the display of the Best Week in the profile summary. 

1 comment:

  1. Steve,

    As a mid skill level PL/SQL developer, I really appreciate your providing this quiz. I have been using it to improve my PL/SQL skills, and to learn about features I have not taken advantage of to-date. It is sad that your are expending so much effort to stop cheaters, perhaps the best answer is to have less valuable prizes and make it more of a 'pride' thing.

    Keep up the good work, I am learning quite a bit.