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Re: FP languages have a bottom-up bias?by BrowserUk (Pope)
|on Jun 27, 2005 at 22:59 UTC||Need Help??|
Yep! There are several possible explainations I guess.
Perhaps you could show me the steps you would take to tackling the sort of problem I have been trying to get to grips with?
For the purpose of the exercise, I decided to index the words in a bunch of files. To get a start on the exercise, in Perl, I decided to just count the words, here simply defined as whitespace delimited groups of characters, and write the results to a file. This allows me to get something going and I can then work on refining the definition of a "word" and and decide how I am going to store the index.
My first attempt at writing this program (from scratch, just now) was:
I then ran a quick sanity check:
So far, so good. Now try it out:
Whoops! A quick look and I see I missed out the keyword pop in line 14:
Okay, I've got 1 file with bad permissions in the directory. And what ended up in words.index?
Okay. The word definition is ecclectic, but is seems to be doing what I set out to do, now I can start to refine it. Not a bad start for 10 minutes coding.
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