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Re (tilly) 4: Golf: Tree searching

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Apr 20, 2001 at 07:19 UTC ( #74063=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Golf: Tree searching
in thread Golf: Tree searching

Well it has to handle both failure and success. However by borrowing shamelessly from tye, I beat my previous, and if we want to be shamelessly non-strict about it, I can improve again.
sub f { $t=pop;$t=$$t{$c>0?l:r}while$c=$$t{d}cmp$_[0]and$t;$t }
By my count this is 53 characters.

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Re^5: Golf: Tree searching
by tadman (Prior) on Apr 20, 2001 at 08:36 UTC
    Inspirationally shameless, and a great demonstration of the power of 'and' versus '&&', something that I hadn't fully understood. Until now. I have to say, at first it looks like a drop-in alternative to the presumably scary C-style double-ampersands (as in, an artifact of the use English movement), but when you get right down to it, it binds much more loosely, enhancing its utility vastly.

    In the spirit of shameless borrowing, switching to 'pop' and using 'and' nets the following: sub f{for($t=pop;$_=(0,l,r)[$$t{d}cmp$_[0]]and$t=$$t{$_};){}$t}
    But this is really just converging on the same thing: sub f{for($t=pop;$_=$$t{d}cmp$_[0]and$t=$$t{$_>0?l:r};){}$t}
    Which is the same length, and functionally the same due to heavy cross-pollination.

    Of course, if the spec had indicated that the two branches were labelled '-1' and '1' instead of 'r' and 'l', that would certainly simplify things a whole lot. Or at least it would save 6 precious characters: sub f{for($t=pop;$_=$$t{d}cmp$_[0]and$t=$$t{$_};){}$t}
      A tip. Whenever possible go for the one-line looping constructs. The following two are equivalent logically:
      for(A;B;C){} A;C while B;
      however the second has 3 characters you may be able to drop. So use it. Even if it means using commas etc in C to get it to work, use it. (I am able to drop the 2 spaces.) A technicality, to be sure, but a significant one.

      Also while the binding of and can make it better than &&, if you see it used that way, look for a way to move things around to get the && in somewhere and save a character. Watch:

      sub f { $t=pop;$t=$$t{$c>0?l:r}while$c=$t&&$$t{d}cmp$_[0];$t }
      Not something you would write from scratch, but there you have it...

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