My programming teacher in school (ahh, long ago) told us this story once:
One day Schlemihl got a new job at a company that paints the white markings on the street. On the first day Schlemihl tagged 3 miles of the street with markings. The Boss was very pleased and thought about paying him a bonus. On the second day Schlemihl did 1,2 miles and on the third day he only made 300 yards.
*Whatīs up?*, asked the boss. *You made 1.2 miles on the first day and now you come back with wimpy 300 yards. Donīt you want to keep your job?*
*Well.*, said Schlemihl, *The way to the paint bucket gets longer and longer.*
Since then I know the term *Schlemihl Algorithm* for a algorithm that does not scale well.
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Just for fun, I tired to reason out how far Schlemihl walked that first day, with the following assumptions:
Each stripe is 24 inches long, and separated from the next stripe by 24 inches
The paint brush holds enough paint to paint 1 stripe
There are 1311 stripes per block (1 block = 1 mile, with 36 foot streets separating the blocks that are unpainted)
Where T = trip number, S = stripe length, I = interval between stripes
That makes each trip = T*(S*2)+I(2(T-1))
or Trip 1 = 48"
Trip 2 = 144"
T3 = 240" etc.
total trip = T1+T2+T3...
adding in the width of the streets crossed between blocks, Schlemihl walked an amazing 11,772.18 MILES to paint 3933 stripes on 3 miles of road. At a speed of no less than 1471.5 MPH! (assuming an 8 hour shift)
Assuming he could carry a bucket that held enough paint to paint 3 miles of stripes, he could paint that 3 miles in about 6 seconds.
On the other hand, his performace at a more human speed of 2.5 MPH, he would only be able to paint about 162 stripes in 8 hours (using the old method), or about 12% of a block, and his performace drops even faster than in the example given. He ends up taking 2.5 years to paint stripes on a 3 mile road.
Thanks for the diversion! :-)
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I agree, move the writeToFileNamed outside the loop.
Instead of adding each file to 1 zip, you are doing something like the following:
- Zip up file 1
- Zip up file 1 and 2
- Zip up file 1, 2, and 3
- Zip up file 1, 2, 3, and 4
You should add all the files, then
writeToFileNamed at the end.
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