Demonstration Programs

These are written entirely in JavaScript so they can be executed directly from their web page.

Instead of just showing you my programs I would also like to comment on them, so you may better understand what I did and why I did it that way. The commentary link below each demo program will provide a brief overview of how the corresponding program works and the design decisions that were made during the development of the program.

Purpose of Demo Programs

These demo programs are exactly what I designed them to be. They are demonstration programs meant for demonstration purposes only. They are far from full scale production quality software applications. Hence, their practical usefulness is limited if at all. However, they do demonstrate the programming and design concepts that I've discussed before. Also, some of the ideas used in the development of these programs are generic and can be put to use in more practical applications. For example, the vending machine has the same basic concept as an on-line shopping cart application. The user is shown a web page with a list of merchandise. The user responds by entering some input onto a form. The program takes the form's data, does some processing with it, updates the inventory then gives the user the goods. The only difference between the vending machine demo and a real shopping cart application is that the shopping cart is conceptually simpler (no different coin denominations to deal with) and has a server side component which updates the merchandise database which also resides in the server. I could have made the vending machine demo a server-side CGI script, unfortunately because of the limitations of my current ISP, I could not do this. Plus, there is the obvious fact that the vending machine demo is a perfect simulation of how an actual physical vending machine works. This leads to the simple step of translating the logic of the simulation program into a working program which runs in the embedded system of an actual vending machine. Other examples include the tic-tac-toe program which provides an extremely simple demonstration of gaming AI. The mortgage example show some generic techniques used for number crunching such as the bisection method for root finding.