Important Algorithm Finally Ported


#1

After months of work, gruelling hours, and a nice cup of coffee, the
world’s most famous (and infamous) algorithm has been ported to the
ruby language!

{applause}

Thank you, thank you.

The Slim Shady algorithm is a deceptively simple algorithm which finds
use in many many aerospace and bio-informatics systems. Therefore, Ruby
may now stand proud as… a… ummm… language to do those things.

Here is the algorithm…

def slim_shady_finder homies
homies.each do |some_guy|
return some_guy if (some_guy.name.eql? “Slim Shady”)
end
return nil
end

Thank you, I know you all can tell how many hours of work have gone
into this conversion. For more information on the SSA and to see where
our implementation has been added… go to the Uncyclopedia.


#2

Hi –

On Fri, 13 Jan 2006, Hampton wrote:

may now stand proud as… a… ummm… language to do those things.

Here is the algorithm…

def slim_shady_finder homies
homies.each do |some_guy|
return some_guy if (some_guy.name.eql? “Slim Shady”)
end
return nil
end

I have no idea what you’re talking about, but you’ve triggered my
code-massaging compulsion :slight_smile:

def slim_shady_finder(homies)
homies.find {|h| h.name.eql?(“Slim Shady”) }
end

David


David A. Black
removed_email_address@domain.invalid

“Ruby for Rails”, from Manning Publications, coming April 2006!


#3

On Fri, Jan 13, 2006 at 02:08:07AM +0900, Hampton wrote:

may now stand proud as… a… ummm… language to do those things.
Thank you, I know you all can tell how many hours of work have gone
into this conversion. For more information on the SSA and to see where
our implementation has been added… go to the Uncyclopedia.

Oh, thank goodness. I can finally write that plzstandup.rb program.


Chad P. [ CCD CopyWrite | http://ccd.apotheon.org ]

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this to 20 others and erase your system partition.


#4

Hi –

On Fri, 13 Jan 2006, Hampton wrote:

David, I’m sorry to say that there is no way to ever improve upon the
code I write.

For, you see, I am the Savior of Ruby. Actually, I’m just kidding. I’m
really the King of Ruby.

Well, I was trying to use the do and no () to make it as ruby-esque as
possible. But, I do like your use of find… so feel free to change it
on that wiki.

There’s nothing Ruby-esque about leaving off the parens, except when
they’re empty, at which point there is :slight_smile: Nor is do/end more
Ruby-esque than {}.

I specialize in nice-looking, short-but-readable code that runs really
slowly :slight_smile: (I didn’t benchmark the two versions but if mine’s slower,
it wouldn’t be the first time.)

David


David A. Black
removed_email_address@domain.invalid

“Ruby for Rails”, from Manning Publications, coming April 2006!


#5

I think you missed a bit:

def slim_shady_finder( homies )
homies.find{ |some_guy| some_guy.name.eql?( “Slim Shady” ) and not
some_guy.imitating? }
end


#6

David, I’m sorry to say that there is no way to ever improve upon the
code I write.

For, you see, I am the Savior of Ruby. Actually, I’m just kidding. I’m
really the King of Ruby.

Well, I was trying to use the do and no () to make it as ruby-esque as
possible. But, I do like your use of find… so feel free to change it
on that wiki.


#7

On Thu, 12 Jan 2006 19:26:40 -0000, Phrogz removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I think you missed a bit:

def slim_shady_finder( homies )
homies.find{ |some_guy| some_guy.name.eql?( “Slim Shady” ) and not
some_guy.imitating? }
end

This is so important, I think we should do it really slowly and
carefully.

def find_slim(homies)
if (real_slim = homies.select do |guy|
guy.name.eql?(‘Slim Shady’)
end.reject do |guy|
guy.respond_to?(:imitate_shady)
end.each do |guy|
guy.send(:please_stand_up, Time.now)
end).length == 1
real_slim.first
else
homies.shady_missing(:real_slim)
end
end


#8

On 1/13/06, Phrogz removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I think you missed a bit:

def slim_shady_finder( homies )
homies.find{ |some_guy| some_guy.name.eql?( “Slim Shady” ) and not
some_guy.imitating? }
end

But surely you can’t just know if a slim shady is just imitating
without first asking them to stand up.

Perhaps:

slim_shadies.find { |slim_shady| slim_shady.stand_up_unless {
slim_shady.imitating? } }

Of course, that has problems - for one, it messes up the shadies’
persistent ‘standing’ state. This could cause serious problems with
false negatives if they were asked to “please stand up” twice in a
row. It might be possible to subsequently make them sit again, but the
whole thing loses thread safety easily (what if two programs
simultaneously need to find the real slim shady?).

To top it all off, there are potential accessibility issues for
disabled slim shadies who are unable to stand. I consider this
particularly likely to become a problem if every person is a slim
shady lurking. I think the only real solution here is to accept that
there is a slim shady in all of us and make slim_shady_finder simply
return nil.

Sam