Searching for the best scripting language,

Carl Banks imbosol at aerojockey.invalid
Tue Jun 15 00:09:55 CEST 2004

Ryan Paul wrote:
> The proof is in the source. This is part of a ruby program I wrote. This
> snippet is actually a single 'line'. I broke it into several lines for
> slightly improved readability. This single line would probably take at
> least 15 lines to do in python, probably more if you wanted to do it
> intelligently. 
> ["*.rar.*", "*.r[0-9][0-9].*"].each {|fn|
>  Dir[$prefix+fn].collect {|x|
>  x.gsub(/\.\d+[\d.-]*$/,"")}.uniq.each {|x|
>  `cat #{sesc x}.* > #{sesc x}`} }

Oh boy.  I believe this untested Python code does what you want, also
one line, also wrapped in the name of "clarity."

    for f in dict([(__import__('re').sub(r"\.\d+[\d.-]*$","",x),None)
                   for fn in ("*.rar.*","*.r[0-9][0-9].*")
                   for x in __import__('glob').glob(prefix+fn)]):
        __import__('os').system("cat %s.* > %s" % (sesc(f),sesc(f)))

This would take about 7 lines in well-written Python, not 15.

bad-code-can-be-written-in-any-language-ly yr's,

CARL BANKS            
"If you believe in yourself, drink your school, stay on drugs, and
don't do milk, you can get work." 
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