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Good dayMy name is Don Alexander and I am looking for help with an open source project. Twenty-five years ago I programed in Assembly, COBOL, Pascal, FORTRAN, C, C++ and Clipper. I attended collage taking two semesters of Assembly and three semesters of COBOL and self-taught myself the others. I owned a three location rental center and a hundred employ telephone answering service. I designed and wrote complete projects for each business including payroll and inventory. In the answering service I distributed each incoming call to the next available operator to answer and type message for client to be delivered automatically per clients instructions. I also designed the complete project for the Industrial diamond products co. including, work in progress / cost analyses, inventory / po and bo and payroll.

A few years ago I joined the American Contract Bridge League and we use a program named ACBLscore to compute our score at the end of each bridge session usually from four to twenty tables at the club level, each table has two pair of partners N, S and E, W. This program also transmits the scores to the national office.

ACBL is the parent organization whose territory includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda. The members of ACBL are the base of the organization. Every ACBL member belongs to a unit, which is usually a defined geographical area. All units belong to one of the current 25 districts. These 25 districts encompass the geographic area of ACBL.Units run sectional tournaments, and higher rated tournaments when given the right to do so by their district. Districts run regional tournaments and assist with NABC tournaments held within their region. The district may ask a member unit to run a regional tournament and/or assist with an NABC.There are other entities (called clubs) which run ACBL-sanctioned bridge games. See Chapter 4. Two major types of duplicate bridge sanctions are issued by ACBL: those issued annually for regularly scheduled master-point games at clubs, club championships, charity game championships, and membership tournaments; and those issued individually, as requested by ACBL affiliated districts and units.Among the latter are: all unit-wide, district-wide, and ACBL-wide games; unit championships and charity events; sectional and regional championships; North American bridge championships; and special events such as team playoffs, pair trials, and international events. ACBL sanctions and promotes all of these games. Championship games can have as many as four thousand players, playing over a one or two week period broken into different strata.

The ACBLscore program was written in Pascal by one person many years ago and is maintained by the same programmer who is getting up in years, probably about my age of eighty. When he passes the ACBL will be in serious trouble.

This future problem was recognized by the ACBL, and they commissioned a company to start a new project with the name of ACBLscore+. The ACBL spent 1.5 million on the project before finding they did not have the copyright to the code. Each entity is embittered toward the other and seems at an impasse.

Therefore, I as a bridge player and a believer in open source projects I would like to start an open source project for the benefit of bridge players worldwide. Starting off the project will be named BridgeScoreWW, to be modeled after ACBLscore and work with Bridgemate. ACBLscore may be downloaded from, http://www.acbl.org/clubs_page/acblscore/download-acblscore/

If any other bridge organizations have a program they use and would like parts of it included in this open source project please let me know. donmalex@aol.com 281-481-4730.

If you are a bridge player and have an idea that may be used in the making of this program for the scoring, transmission, and storing of data please contact me.

Don M. Alexander ACBL # 8823243

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