python coding contest
tismer at stackless.com
Sun Dec 25 20:21:02 CET 2005
Tim Hochberg wrote:
> Christian Tismer wrote:
>> - Squeezing many lines into one using semicola does not help,
>> the program will be expanded to use one statement per line
>> - blank lines are allowed and not counted if they are not
>> needed as part of the code
> These two would be easy to acomplish using something like:
> def countchars(text):
> n = 0
> for line in text.split('\n'):
> n += len(line.strip())
> return n
> This would ignore leading and trailing white space as well as blank lines.
> Also makes
> a=5; b=10
> measure as one character longer than
> a = 5
> b = 10
> which can only be good.
>> - the length of names does not count, unless the code depends on it.
> Probably too hard.
I don't want to reward people for using ultra-short, unreadable
variable names, but also not to enable them to code algorithms
by them :-)
My idea was to rename all variables by a simple transformation
of the code objects, with the side rule that the program still works.
This can be automated rather easily.
> I thought the metric was characters, not lines. At least that's what the
> 'about' page says. You still get hit by leading whitespace on multiple
> line programs though.
So why not simply count length of code objects? :-)
Plus count every changeable name as one, others by length.
Same for constants, so we don't get tricked by encoding
the whole program by a tuple engine :-)
ciao - chris
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