I realised this morning that it has been quite a while since my last posting. I am currently working on a number of things in Vicki and my guess is that release 0.04a would be significantly stronger than the previous versions. I am somewhat reluctant to drop the alpha qualifier, but perhaps I will in the next release (version 0.05beta).
I currently have a structure called CHESSENGINE that I pass around (or the pointer to it) between functions. I realised that this parameter-passing may actually degrade performance, cause problems because of its size (I’m not completely sure, but isn’t there a limit of 64k on a "struct"s – even on modern operating systems?) and waste quite a few clock cycles to find the data element within this structure. Regardless, all I gain from this is the ability to have multiple engines in the same process as its state is completely described by this one chunk of data. I’m moving away from this and dumping everything as global variables and structures in a header file. Who wants multiple engines (of the same kind and strength) in the same process anyway?
I am also implementing an elementary transposition table and cleaning up the code as I go. At the moment I am having problems getting it to work, but I’m sure it is just a case of a silly bug lurking somewhere. Once this are done, Vicki will not be such a pushover anymore! ;-)
I’ll keep you all posted...