An online platform that facilitates learning of programming through specialised tools and resources.
It is one of my first projects that I have worked on during high school, more specifically 10th and 11th grade.
Platform's modules :
Archive of problems
Is the first working module of IronCoders, as its name says it contains a list of problems which can be solved by the members of the site (using the integrated IDE or uploading directly the source code). Problems are classified into two big categories
- The educational archive: where all the problems are made specially to emphasise a single algorithm (with all the explications needed)
- The contest & olympiad archive
Each code is evaluated and graded automatically by the same criteria that are present at olympics (time and memory) .
Problems can be uploaded with ease by anyone and for every problem there is created automatically a thread on the forum (which is phpbb) and in this way the comment section was made.
Through the evaluation monitor, users can see how their code performed, they can find out on which tests their program failed and why (wrong answer, time limit exceeded ,how much memory was used). It is not possible to view other sources until you managed to achieve 100 points (the maximum), unless the problem is in the educational archive (where it is beneficial to see how others did it and learn from it).
It mades coding possible without the need of an external program, also, in order to create a more complete user experience, this module is integrated with the ‘archive of problems’. Currently , C++ and C are available (the main two languages used in Romanian Schools), in the future of course that there is a plan to implement new languages.
Is one of the most important modules of the platform. As it names says it represents a more useful way of learning how to code. It basically makes all the process interactive, by organizing all the lessons in two parts, a theoretical and a practical one (the page is split in two parts, in one of them you can view the theory, and after that, you can complete the requested programming part in order to advance to the next lesson). Also, this module is designed to permit a custom feedback for every part of the code that is written , so that each user can discover (and understand) exactly what are the problems in their code and fix them.
By using AJAX, it is possible to complete the lessons without refreshing the page, making the process a lot smoother.
Was made in order to give the users the possibility to test their knowledges against others. There are 2 type of contests, the official one (organized by a member of the staff), and the regular one which can be created by everybody (they are usually used before the olympics to simulate a similar experience), the contest can be configured to last a variable amount of time and to begin at a certain time. When a contest has finished, a ranking page is created and all the evaluation reports are made available for the participant .
Offers a similar experience to the atmosphere of a real classroom, where a few designated person have the possibility to teach others, to give assignments , evaluate them, to chat with them (for every class there is another instance of the ‘chat’ module) .
Makes the communication between users a lot more easier and it is integrated in all areas that could benefit from it.
The entire login system of the platform is based on the one implemented on PHPBB forum. This system being synchronised between the modules of the site and also between the Wordpress blog.
Also, every user has a profile page from where he can display some information about himself, can see a list of all the solved and tried problems and has a module from where he can manage the code sources he wants to save .