The Learntris Challenge
This repository contains a series of automated tests that will guide you through implementing your own version of a famous falling blocks game.
The game is a fairly small project suitable for beginners who understand the basic concepts of programming, or for veteran developers looking to pick up a new language.
Along the way, it will expose you to some common software engineering tools and practices that might not be familiar to new developers.
- version control with git
- process automation
- coding to an interface
- inter-process communication
- test-driven/behavior-driven development
- creating a simple domain-specific language
Note: This is not a tutorial.
While the tests are "about" a video game, the real purpose of this exercise is to force you to "fend for yourself" on a project, without relying on tutorial-style guidance.
Instead, the tests present a series of problems that you will need to solve in order to implement the game.
It is entirely up to you how to write the code.
The tests themselves are written in python, but you are free to implement your game in any language you like.
The first step is to clone or fork this repo and run
You will need a recent version of python, preferably python3.2 or later.
(Python is only for the test runner. You can use any language you want to
write your implementation.)
The output of
testris.py will tell you what needs to be done at every
step along the way. Just keep running it, and do what it tells you to do.
If you get stuck, please come join us in #learnprogramming on irc.freenode.net, or post a question to /r/lpmc at reddit, and we'll try to help you sort it out.