I am a student who has entered a game programming competition called FBLA at school, and I sent them an email because I had a few questions about how the competition is ran.
The main question I had, since I'm a Java programmer was in short: "Does the program need to be an executable, and if a java update/install is needed to run my program, will they install it?"
Their response was (quote): "The file does need to be a .exe and the entire program needs to be able to run independently on the judges’ machines. Installing JAVA then running your program is not the intent of this competition. I understand your concern as a JAVA programmer, but this competition is set specifically to this format so that all the programmers know, up front, what is expected."
I can understand the file needing to be an Executable file, but when they said, "Installing JAVA then running your program is not the intent of this competition." really angered me.
If I'm going to make an application in C++, doesn't it require a version of C++ Redistributable? What about DirectX, that's software needed for some C++ programs, isn't it? What about programming in C, and C#?
My argument to them is doesn't all programming languages have a necessity to some form of software in one way or another? Without it, wouldn't applications be very limited, or not run at all?
If someone could please help me settle this issue for installing Java on a machine being no different to making game applications in other languages, I would really appreciate it.