[Tutor] a big thank to all tutors and tutees
Brian van den Broek
bvande at po-box.mcgill.ca
Fri May 14 19:08:34 EDT 2004
I just now finished a first real and genuine to-do-some-actual-work
program and I wanted to say thanks to those who ask and answer questions
on tutor. I doubt I could have done it as easily or at all without what I
have learned from the list.
Not that you need be, but in case you are interested in the nature of the
I am a graduate student in philosophy and am working for a professor
assembling a 1000'ish page collection of articles for a book. Many people
are going to read articles and type up plain text files of index entries
with each line being a list of headings and subheadings followed by one or
more page references.
What I wrote was a program to merge the various files, alphabetize the
merged file by heading, merge lines with identical heading strings, sort
the page references, and give it book-index formatting where it appears like:
A, 67, 78-82
where B is a subheading of A.
Also, the page reference sort needed to preserve a rudimentary markup
coding and ignore '-mm' in 'nn-mm'.
All in all, no Fields Medal will be awarded, but it feels great to have
created a real program to do real work.
So, thanks to everyone on the list.
More information about the Tutor