Scorer Overview

NZ Scorer is the most used Bridge Scoring package in New Zealand

History

Scorer was originally commissioned by NZCBA around the year 2000. At this point BridgeNZ was not involved.

NZCBA eventually found they did not have the resources to support the product, and as a gesture to clubs BridgeNZ was offered independent support rights on a "comercial basis" meaning that BridgeNZ had the right to charge clients for support.

BridgeNZ sourced developers who could make a significant number of changes to the programme for congress and to try to fix bugs - a very high proportion of this was never charged to any client or to NZCBA.

After a number of years NZB passed on the development rights for the source code to BridgeNZ, and BridgeNZ now have full control of the code.

How Scorer is Built

Scorer uses a delphi application connecting to a microsoft SQL Server database. This was developed by BridgeNZ so that the data collected was more easily available to the user.

A reporting tool has been developed using Fast Reports, and this allows the user to have full access to their data and control over the format of output.

Slowly but surely the file components of Scorer are being removed and all information stored in the SQL database.

Scorer is Calendar Based - so the calendar is set up by adding Events which are comprised of sessions. This means that the ladders are pretty much automatic, with the option to say how many sessions are required to qualify and how many substitutes are permitted.

Scoring is available on Match Points, Datum IMPS (Butler) or X-IMP, and sessions can be run as pairs, Teams, Swiss Pairs or individual.

Club administration information, which was originally stored in paradox, was moved to SQL Server in version 11, and all teams data was stored in the database from Scorer V12. 

Scorer requires the install of SQL Server Express edition (free) and is currently working successfully on versions from SQL Server 2008(R2) to SQL Server 2016.

Movements are currently of three forms:

  1. Standard Mitchell movements which are generated automatically, including the option for skip move or share & relay when the number of tables is even.
  2. Howell and Barometer movements which are mostly provided, but new movements can be generated using the tools provided. These assume the stationary pairs remain in the same direction and the moving pairs follow the next lower numbered pair. These files are named conventionally as .hwl and .bar files respectively. 
  3. Custom Movements many of which are provided, allow for web movements, hesitation movements, Howell movements with arrow-switching and even the scoring of sessions where players have moved incorrectly and created a seemingly random array of meetings of pairs. These files are names as .mit for 2-winner movements and .hwl for single-winner movements.

The Custom Movement option allows for almost any movement to be created and used by the user without any special coding from BridgeNZ (though BridgeNZ are always available to do the work at a small charge if that is more efficient for the user). 

Using Electronic Scoring

BridgeNZ implemented the use of BridgePads into Scorer 7 and opened the door with the addition of BridgeScorers then BridgeTabs in later versions.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

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