# RogerBW's Blog

 The Weekly Challenge 267: The Line is the Sign That Your Product Counts 05 May 2024 I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved series multiplication and text fitting. (Note that this ends today.) Task 1: Product Sign You are given an array of `@ints`. Write a script to find the sign of product of all integers in the given array. The sign is 1 if the product is positive, -1 if the product is negative and 0 if product is zero. One obvious way to do this would be to calculate the product of the series (e.g. with a `reduce`-like function) and then apply what `BASIC` used to call `SGN`. But it occurred to me that I'm not being asked for the actual product, only its sign, so there's a less computationally intensive way of doing it. Kotlin: ``````fun productsign(a: List): Int { var out = 1 for (t in a) { if (t < 0) { out = -out } else if (t == 0) { out = 0 } } return out } `````` In PostScript I can get away with no variables at all. ``````/productsign { 1 exch { dup 0 lt { pop neg } { 0 eq { pop 0 exit } if } ifelse } forall } bind def `````` Task 2: Line Counts You are given a string, `\$str`, and a 26-items array `@widths` containing the width of each character from a to z. Write a script to find out the number of lines and the width of the last line needed to display the given string, assuming you can only fit 100 width units on a line. Since I don't need to know the widths of the lines except for the last, I don't bother to record them; just track the current width and the total number of lines. Raku: ``````sub linecounts(\$a, @w) { my \$linecount = 1; my \$linewidth = 0; my \$asize = ord('a'); for \$a.comb -> \$c { my \$wd = @w[ord(\$c) - \$asize]; if (\$linewidth + \$wd > 100) { \$linecount++; \$linewidth = \$wd; } else { \$linewidth += \$wd; } } return [\$linecount, \$linewidth]; } `````` and all the other languages work essentially the same way. Full code on github. Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one. Search 10 per page 20 per page 50 per page 100 per page Archive Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action advent of code aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio audio tech base commerce battletech beer boardgaming book of the week bookmonth chain of command children chris chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup covid-19 crime crystal cthulhu eternal cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics en garde espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 essen 2019 essen 2022 essen 2023 existential risk falklands war fandom fanfic fantasy feminism film firefly first world war flash point flight simulation food garmin drive gazebo genesys geocaching geodata gin gkp gurps gurps 101 gus harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo 2019 hugo 2020 hugo 2021 hugo 2022 hugo 2023 hugo 2024 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life javascript julian simpson julie enfield kickstarter kotlin learn to play leaving earth linux liquor lovecraftiana lua mecha men with beards mpd museum music mystery naval noir non-fiction one for the brow opera parody paul temple perl perl weekly challenge photography podcast politics postscript powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha python quantum rail raku ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs ruby rust scala science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance the weekly challenge thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel type 26 type 31 type 45 vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult Special All book reviews, All film reviews
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