The '*' idea is absolutely horrible. Nice in theory, but will suck in practice. If it's implemented, it should be in terms of well-specific sequences. No derivations possible. If the sequence isn't one of the 20-30 that are listed in the manual, then that should throw an error. My reasoning goes like this: How do you know what the next element of 1,1,2,3 is? What about 1,1,1,3? 1,2,4 also has dozens of options. There's just too many possibilities for mistakes.
in reply to Challenge: Simple algorithm for continuing series of integers
Remember - predictability is good. Guessing is bad.
My criteria for good software:
- Does it work?
- Can someone else come in, make a change, and be reasonably certain no bugs were introduced?