I decided to create a small application to solve a user inputted sudoku puzzle. This class guesses numbers for cells (starting with 1) and then backtracks when a possible number cannot be found. Unfortunately, the program does not work. It seems to fail when it cannot find a correct number. Any help with this program would be greatly appreciated. Also, any tips in general would be really useful. Thanks!
I would recommend you read Programming Sudoku by Wei-Meng Lee, if you really want to implement and understand a good solution and perhaps get an idea on how to improve it. The code is written in .NET though, but it will surely provide a good foundation on algorithms you can use to solve it.
Otherwise, if you want to use an existing solution, there are plenty of those around.
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Some time ago I started working on a Sudoko solver which, rather than just solving the puzzle for you, allows you to see how it solves each cell. A beta applet version can be found at http://www.keang.co.uk/sudoku.html.
It has some fairly complex solvers built in but I got bored and so never got around to adding any more solvers or getting the whole thing beyond beta stage. If you want the code let me know and I can upload it to my website.
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