Programming: December 2011 Archives

In the course of a recent quick JavaScript side-project — post forthcoming — I needed a simple cache. Then I needed another cache within the cached objects. Then I needed another cache. It was at that point that I realized I should probably factor things out into a reusable component, and built JSLRU.

Of course then I refactored things dramatically and it's barely used at all. But if you need a JavaScript least-recently-used cache, check it out.

Generic Accumulators in C#, Redux

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It turns out one of the most-trafficked pages on this site is my discussion of generic accumulators in C#. It occurs to me that it could use a bit of an update, as some newer features like lambdas and the predefined Func<> family simplifies things quite a bit:

class Program
{
    public static Func<T, T> MakeAccumulator<T>(T start, Func<T, T, T> addFunction)
    {
        return inc => start = addFunction(start, inc);
    }

    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        var intAccumulator = MakeAccumulator(0, (i, j) => i + j);

        Debug.Assert(0 == intAccumulator(0));
        Debug.Assert(1 == intAccumulator(1));
        Debug.Assert(11 == intAccumulator(10));
        Debug.Assert(55 == intAccumulator(44));

        var floatAccumulator = MakeAccumulator(0.0, (i, j) => i + j);

        Debug.Assert(0 == floatAccumulator(0.0));
        Debug.Assert(0.1 == floatAccumulator(0.1));
        Debug.Assert(1.1 == floatAccumulator(1.0));
        Debug.Assert(5.5 == floatAccumulator(4.4));

        var stringAccumulator = MakeAccumulator("", (i, j) => i + j);

        Debug.Assert("" == stringAccumulator(""));
        Debug.Assert("ZYZ" == stringAccumulator("ZYZ"));
        Debug.Assert("ZYZZY" == stringAccumulator("ZY"));
        Debug.Assert("ZYZZYVA" == stringAccumulator("VA"));

        Console.WriteLine("Success!");
        Console.ReadLine();
    }
}

So there's that. Still not terribly useful, but I do like shortening code.

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