Monday, May 12, 2014

Gencon 2014 scheduler update

 I have updated my scheduling script for GenCon 2014. I had originally not expected to have to make any changes to the code, but GenCon this year moved the location of their event catalog files, and decided to only release the event catalogs in xlsx format instead of csv.  While you can still use last year's version of my scheduler by manually downloading and converting the catalog files, I've modified my code to use a converter utility to do the conversion.

The latest version of it can be found here.

In order to use this, you will need to install Python 2.7.  You will also need to install this xlsx to csv converter code. After installing xlsx2csv, you'll have to copy the file from the install directory into the same directory that the schedule solver python file is located.

The GenCon event registration system is also limiting event wish lists to 50 items this year, so the wishlist generator will limit itself to that number of wishlist items.

As before, this is an experimental and somewhat crude schedule optimization utility.  It allows you to search the event catalog with a text-based interface, add events to your wishlist with assigned priorities, and then generates an optimal schedule for you, as well as a wishlist to enter into the GenCon registration system.