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TeeJay (2309)

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Journal of TeeJay (2309)

Tuesday June 15, 2004
07:04 AM

'Final' version of C++ class for Hilberts Curve

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After another couple of hours debugging the code, I now have it working for at least 8 x 8 squares (Too time consuming to check it works on larger numbers as I don't have any graphical output yet). I also have it working (I think) in all 4 directions and clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Refactoring the C++ has been pretty painless, for some reason C++ seems to really reward your efforts in refactoring - now nearly every line in the actual recursive methods deals with plotting the curve, with only a couple of calls to a method that tracks it and updates the internal data structures... having just recompiled and checked its just over 200 lines excluding comments. I think if it was any smaller it would start to sacrifice clarity and I plan to write C++ like my Perl - working and clear. Shame there don't seem to be any nice simple unit-testing frameworks like Test::Simple and Test::More, I have found log4cpp which will probably be added to my (currently very small) collection of essential C++ libraries.

Looking at the C++ I can see that I can probably reduce the LoC and improve the clarity and even performance (possibly) of the Perl version. I look forward to having both the C++ and Perl versions side-by-side having both been refactored.

Refactoring code in a different language forces you to look at the original in a different light, I might try and find other modules I have written in Perl and rewrite them in C++, which should improve both my Perl and C++ skills. Oddly writing more C++ means I am rereading K&R with renewed interest, hopefully I should be able to flick through Stroustrop's book with similar interest and ease after another month of two hacking with his creation.

Oh yeah - you can find them on my 'other blog'

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  • If you find yourself enjoying the OO paradigm, might I suggest learning a bit of Ruby and seeing how it stacks up against the Perl and C++ versions? If not, I'll await your final Perl product and see what I can come up with. :)
    • I like OO, but I like prefer to use it when needed not all the time. Something that works in Perl and to a lesser degree in C++ is to write some procedural prototypes or functions to prove a concept, then refactor and re-implement in purer OO as the requirements and solution become clearer.

      I assume Ruby doesn't have the 'Everything must be an object' OO puritanism of Java.

      I would look at Ruby but getting up to speed on C++ is work enough and I don't see Ruby bringing in a salary anytime soon.

      I plan to


      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;
      • I assume Ruby doesn't have the 'Everything must be an object' OO puritanism of Java.
        You are correct - you can use a functional style in Ruby if you wish.

        Now that you mention it, it might be interesting to see how your code looks in Java. :)

    • who needs ruby when we have scozens [] ;)

      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;