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F2L Trainer Interest Check

Discussion in 'Software Area' started by Thomas Henrissat, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Yes I would use it

    16 vote(s)
    94.1%
  2. Yes but as a F2L god I don't need it

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. No

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Thomas Henrissat

    Thomas Henrissat Member

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    Hello everyone !

    I have recently been looking for a F2L trainer to help me improve my efficiency, but haven’t been able to find exactly what I was looking for. So I thought, if it doesn’t exist, why don’t you make it?

    Before throwing myself head first into this, I wanted to ask you fellow cubers if you would be interested by this idea. Here are the main goal and the features I had in mind:

    Main Goal
    Help speedcubers to practice F2L cases efficiently, without having to do whole solves. The trainer gives you a scramble for a random case, you solve it and go on to the next one.

    Main features
    - Scramble to get to a random case from a solved cube
    - Cube representation of the case
    - Optimal solution(s)
    - Timer

    Settings
    - Choose subset(s) to practice (Ex: Corner down, edge on top)
    - Hide solution(s)
    - Disable timer
    - Dark theme (for your 2am sessions)

    Other ideas
    - Training by levels (from basic cases to most complex)
    - Algorithm preferences (no cube rotation, no F or B moves, no wide moves)

    Tell me what you think! If you have any recommendations feel free to tell me, it’s still just an idea.

    Thank’s for time
     
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  2. That sounds good to me and is something I would definitely benefit from.
     
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  3. AMCuber

    AMCuber Member

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    I would use it without hesitation.
     
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  4. Thomas Henrissat

    Thomas Henrissat Member

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    Hi, thank you for your answers. As of right now twelve people voted that it's a good idea, it's enough for me. I'm going to start working on it today and will keep you updated. I have no idea how long it's going to take but I hope to have a working demo pretty fast.
     
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  5. Lux

    Lux Member

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    It seems to be quite a great idea!
     
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  6. Thomas Henrissat

    Thomas Henrissat Member

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    Thank you ! I'm currently working on the cube representation, I'm trying to make it display a cube state from a scramble, not easy.
     
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  7. pglewis

    pglewis Member

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    There are a number of open source utilities out there for creating random state scrambles, rendering a cube representation, etc. Check out Lucas Garron's Github stuff: https://github.com/lgarron as one place to start.
     
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  8. Thomas Henrissat

    Thomas Henrissat Member

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    Oh of course I'm aware it has been done before, but I like the challenge ;)
    Thank you for the link, I really like alg.cubing.net, but unlike it I'm going for a 2D representation not 3D.
    I'm already close to being done, it should be good for tomorrow, then I'll move on to the rest of the app.
     
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  9. Thomas Henrissat

    Thomas Henrissat Member

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    Here is my progress so far:

    At first I was planning to create just a 3 sided representation of the cube for the cases, changing manually the color of each piece that differed from the default state of the cube. But I quickly realized it would be a pain to write down the state of the cube for every single case. So I came to the conclusion that I needed of complete 3x3 model, that could output a full cube state from a scramble.

    I started by creating a data structure representing the cube, then looked at how every single move was affecting my real cube and finally, I created functions to manipulate my data accordingly.
    My trusty duct taped cube fixed a lot of mistakes I made at first !

    One and a half days later it's fully functional, I can input an algorithm and apply it to the cube. It can take every legal move and it's variants (even full cube rotations) and ignores parentheses. The hole thing is coded in Javascript and you can see it in action here:



    The good thing is, because the model covers the whole cube, I'll be able to use it for the F2L Trainer, and if I want, even for a future OLL or PLL Trainer.

    Now I'm going to refactor the code and then I'll move on to creating the actual app.
     
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  10. Cubetastic5

    Cubetastic5 Member

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    Wow! This is awesome. Are you going to make it an app using node js, or are you going to make it a website? Or are you going to use electron? This is pretty cool :D.
     
  11. Thomas Henrissat

    Thomas Henrissat Member

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    Thank you!

    I'm actually making a Next.js web app with Node.js and React, so that you can use it on any device (phone, tablet, laptop etc), Electron is great though!

    I'm making good progress and building everything to be expendable, that way I'll be able to make trainers for OLL, PLL, other methods than CFOP and even other puzzles if I want to later. It's a lot of work but I'm confident I'll have a beta soon!
     
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