python coding contest

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Mon Dec 26 01:58:49 CET 2005

On Sun, 25 Dec 2005 19:14:43 -0500, rbt wrote:

> Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>> On Sun, 25 Dec 2005 18:05:37 +0100, Simon Hengel wrote:
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>>>> I'm envisioning lots of convoluted one-liners which
>>>> are more suitable to a different P-language... :-)
>>> I feel that python is more beautiful and readable, even if you write
>>> short programs.
>>>> How about """best compromize between shortness and readibility
>>>> plus elegance of design"""?
>>> I would love to choose those criteria for future events. But I'm not
>>> aware of any algorithm that is capable of creating a ranking upon them.
>> What is your algorithm for determining "shortest" program? Are you
>> counting tokens, lines or characters? Does whitespace count?
> If whitespace and var names count, these things are going to be ugly :)

Yes, but the question is, is two lines and 347 characters ugly enough to


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