on line contest

Posted on 2011-02-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
Hi experts

 My problem is as follows

 I want to do an online contest and I want those who are online  watch, I have the code for random numbers but i can not present the same numbers in all online clients. each client  getting different random numbers.

Is there any way to do this ?

Same time in all online clients a pop up window running my random number script but having the same result in all ?

 Thank you
Question by:farmakis
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wilcoxon earned 250 total points
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Sure.  The obvious "naive" approach is to salt the random number generator with a unique based value.  Something like srand(int_mac_address+time()) - I'm pretty sure you want to do more manipulation of the srand value to prevent predictability.
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by:Carl Bohman
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It's not clear from the question whether the random number generator script is in the pop up window or on the server.  The only way to guarantee that each person sees a different random number is to have the random numbers generated on and come from the server (and have the server keep track of what numbers have already been generated so that duplicates are not possible).  If each client comes up with its own random number, the change of getting duplicates will always exist.

Assuming the server is generating the numbers in a way that avoids duplicates, you just need to send a different number to each client.

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Thank you both for your answers

Maybe I was not quite clear

I be;ieve that the script must run on server side because i want to generate a 8 digit random number once,
My problem is that i want all online clients can see the generation of the number same time in a pop up window. All clients must see the generation process at their screens and the number must be the same for all. The one that the server generates.

You can take it like an online lottery that only one can win ( the number that server generates ) buy onli must see the generation process when this is happend.

I don;t know if i can give you a link so you can see exactly what the script do so ypu can help me.

Thanks again

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by:Carl Bohman
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This is more of a web programming question, then.  It looks like you need to notify the clients when the number becomes available.  Most likely you are talking AJAX.
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It could certainly be done with AJAX (not really my area of expertise).

It should also be possible to be done in more of a client-server style.  The server generates the random number seed and then the web page that each person looks at simply retrieves the seed and re-generates the list of random numbers (given the same seed and same PRNG, the list of random numbers will stay the same).  The upside to this method is that you can skip AJAX - the downside is that the viewer won't necessarily know as soon as the random numbers are available.

In any case, as bounsy says, this is a web programming question.

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OK Thanks again both for your aswers.

I;ll ask there

Anyway If you think you give mr your opinions the page is here

Many Thanks again

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Like "bounsy" was suggesting, you may want to change the zones of your question.

You could ask advise from the moderators:

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