The SimSpiders page has seen the day during the Winter 1998, while Felisa was teaching the graduate course on Simulation and Yanick was working on his master's thesis.
We thank Moshe Sniedovich for the inspiration his pages gave us.
We also thank ask Pascale Batchoun, who helped prepare our AirLine example.
Despite the very strict Australian laws prohibiting the importation of any creepy crawly that could unbalance the local ecosystem, Felisa has succesfully sneaked in our little simularachnids.
As a result, SimSpiders has two sites, mirroring each other. One is based at the University of Montreal, Canada (maintained by Yanick) and the other one at the University of Melbourne, Australia (maintained by Felisa).
- HTML of SimSpiders follows the HTML 3.0 standard.
- The Java programs has been implemented and compiled with the JDK version 1.0.
- Some of the page's CGIs have been borrowed from the public domains. For the home-brewed CGI, the first ones were written in C (blame Yanick for that, he didn't had a clue back then). The most recent ones are in Perl.
- The pages has begun to use the Cascading Style Sheets.
- The coding has been done using Allaire's Homesite (for Yanick), the Netscape's HTML editor (for Felisa) and vi (for both these poor souls).
- The page's implementation is done on a PC (for Yanick) and various SPARC stations (for Felisa).
- The Netscape browser (version 4.x), both PC and UNIX versions, is the main browser used to test the page. SimSpiders looks funny on your browser? Let us know and we will do our best to correct the situation.