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Re^3: Drunk on golf: 99 Bottles of Beer

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Canon)
on Jun 03, 2011 at 12:48 UTC ( #907967=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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After applying the new terminating regex to Ruby via the following 175 stroker:

n=0;~/s/ until/, 99\D+/=~$_="Take one down and pass it around, #{c=n+= +1," bottle#$& of beer"," on the wall"}. #{c}, %s%s. #$_"%c;puts$'+"Go to the store and buy some more"+$&
I could not restrain myself from trying to reduce it further. Two eyesores that I found extremely annoying were:
  • The space between the ~/s/ and until.
  • The n=0; initialization, which is not needed in Perl.
Can anything be done about them? To get rid of the wretched space, I tried reorganizing via:
n=0;$_="Take one down and pass it around, #{~/s/;c=n+=1," bottle#$& of + beer"," on the wall"}. #{c}, %s%s. #$_"%c until~/, 99\D+/;puts$'+"Go to the store and buy some more"+$&
Still a space before the until and still 175 strokes. Rats. Chanting Eugene's "can't possibly work, try it anyway" mantra, I changed ~/, 99\D+/ to /, 99\D+/ and it worked! Though it now emits a "warning: regex literal in condition" message to stderr, that does not matter to codegolf. Another stroke shaved. Not as I intended, but no matter. Only one more needed to catch flagitious.

What about the n=0; initialization? At this point, I remembered the Roman to Decimal challenge, where I was able to avoid an initialization by hijacking the $. variable. Indeed, if you want a numeric variable initialized to a known value, that is the only built-in variable Ruby makes available. Given my program is four lines in length, $. is initialized to the value four. So I scribbled this down during my lunchtime walk to Neutral Bay today:

n=0;n+=1 4-$.-=1
Hmmm, well that's clearly one stroke less. But will it work? Or will Ruby complain when the $. "line number" becomes negative? Nope, not a whimper about a negative line number. So, much to my surprise, I've now tied flagitious for the Ruby lead on 173 strokes:
$_="Take one down and pass it around, #{~/s/;c=4-$.-=1," bottle#$& of +beer"," on the wall"}. #{c}, %s%s. #$_"%c until/, 99\D+/;puts$'+"Go to the store and buy some more"+$&

Update: an alternative 173 using Ruby symbols:

$_="Take one down and pass it around, #{c=4-$.-=1," bottle#{c&&:s} of +beer"," on the wall"}. #{c}, %s%s. #$_"%c until/, 99\D+/;puts$'+"Go to the store and buy some more"+$&


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