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Re: Do my homework for me!

by greenFox (Vicar)
on Aug 30, 2002 at 02:57 UTC ( #193974=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Do my homework for me!

I notice grinder considered adder, I am not sure that I agree to arbitarily reaping homework nodes, carefull replies (such as demonstrated by dws here) can turn a simple homework question into a deeper learning exercise, and some problems are interesting enough that people will want to solve them, adder seems to fit that category. However having goofed on this node because I hadn't seen the earlier node I am wondering if consideration is perhaps a suitable method to give the unwary a heads up...

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Re:x2 Do my homework for me!
by grinder (Bishop) on Aug 30, 2002 at 08:35 UTC
    I notice grinder considered adder, I am not sure that I agree to arbitarily reaping homework nodes

    My apologies. It was a flippant consideration and I really wouldn't expect it to be reaped. I was just a little surprised that no-one caught it before. That happened before I read this thread.

    As for helping people who don't help themselves, consider supplying code that looks good at first glance, but is actually dreadful. I still get a giggle when I think of the reponse I posted to this thread. It was a question that asked to print out combinations of an array, and I came up with something that a) scales woefully and b) consumes prolifligate amounts of memory. It took something like 8 days CPU time to generate all combinations of a set of 10 elements (even though it spits out the solution to 4 elements snappily enough).:o)

    print@_{sort keys %_},$/if%_=split//,'= & *a?b:e\f/h^h!j+n,o@o;r$s-t%t#u'
      I think that mess just looks like the kind of muddled solution the student could come up with himself!

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