Friday, July 31, 2015

LINQ cleanup

Just a little example of some code cleanup.. it's a-OK to break out a logic into something long to get it working and give it some thought. It's great to take your work and make it better using tools like LINQ to make it easier to read and less space. There are times it is not worth it to make it smaller if its harder to read, however. Also, it can be good to cleanup code you see in large projects to make things neater!

Here is one example with 2 pieces of code for looking up a username.. you can search it by first name, last name, or both. Likely for usability the future holds a sorting feature too!

Before lots of LINQ: After putting if/else cases into "or" inside .Where of LINQ:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Get; Set;

Taking a step backwards from my normal posts to some more basics.. I wanted to explain Get; Set; on properties to anyone new to software. I felt like some of the descriptions online were a little non-user friendly and wanted to help clarify it. This is done in C#, but the concepts are the same idea with other languages.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cool APIs


Little side applications are fun to make. Try thinking of add-ons to your favorite current apps/websites to make them even better and you can make your own project! Or these are great tools to incorporate to make something else new and cool. I love adding JS libraries and APIs from other people and places to make use of the awesome things people put out into the web to share.

Of course, Google. Google drive? Email self a document = upload to drive? Oh the million possible projects using Google..
https://developers.google.com/apis-explorer/#p/

Unfortunately, google does not have a free API for translating anymore (you have to pay..).. but Microsoft does! I used this in my AnkiTranslate project. Good for if you want to work with multiple languages or make study aids to learn another language.
https://www.microsoft.com/translator/api.aspx

Can I say wheel of lunch? Lunch picker? Thing to do picker?
https://www.yelp.com/developers/documentation/v2/overview

Practice stock market = $$$.. if you can get good at it.
https://code.google.com/p/yahoo-finance-managed/wiki/YahooFinanceAPIs

And more..
http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-cool-fun-APIs
http://www.computersciencezone.org/50-most-useful-apis-for-developers/
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/07/40-useful-apis-for-web-designers-and-developers/

LINQ Eager and Lazy Loading


Here's a little bit on using Linq and the ways to get data out via Eager / Lazy loading and LINQ methods vs operators. The explanations are in the code comments below.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Project Euler 8: Largest product in a series (C#)

The four adjacent digits in the 1000-digit number that have the greatest product are 9 × 9 × 8 × 9 = 5832.

73167176531330624919225119674426574742355349194934
96983520312774506326239578318016984801869478851843
85861560789112949495459501737958331952853208805511
12540698747158523863050715693290963295227443043557
66896648950445244523161731856403098711121722383113
62229893423380308135336276614282806444486645238749
30358907296290491560440772390713810515859307960866
70172427121883998797908792274921901699720888093776
65727333001053367881220235421809751254540594752243
52584907711670556013604839586446706324415722155397
53697817977846174064955149290862569321978468622482
83972241375657056057490261407972968652414535100474
82166370484403199890008895243450658541227588666881
16427171479924442928230863465674813919123162824586
17866458359124566529476545682848912883142607690042
24219022671055626321111109370544217506941658960408
07198403850962455444362981230987879927244284909188
84580156166097919133875499200524063689912560717606
05886116467109405077541002256983155200055935729725
71636269561882670428252483600823257530420752963450

Find the thirteen adjacent digits in the 1000-digit number that have the greatest product. What is the value of this product?


Uncomfortably large 1000 digit number is getting stored as a string to begin with.. it's just too big to fit into the regular number types. Thought was I could either iterate through all possible sets of 13 then see if 0 is part of the set. If 0 is part of the set, obviously the product will be 0 which is less than a set without 0.. so just get rid of those possibilities. If we can get a product out of it that isn't 0, we are going to parse each string into its digit using LINQ then aggregate it into a product. Then compare the product to the last highest product. If it is higher, set the current highest product to the new product.


23514624000 is the solution.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Project Euler 7: 10,001 prime number (Java)

This one is interesting, if you think about it.. question is if there is a formula?

Well.. I looked for a formula for it and according to my favies wikipedia: "In number theory, a formula for primes is a formula generating the prime numbers, exactly and without exception. No such formula which is efficiently computable is known. A number of constraints are known, showing what such a "formula" can and cannot be.".. so "efficiently" iterate it is! You could iterate yourself to death going through every possibility.. or try and find a better way to iterate, just less.

I figured.. welp. Let's say we have the number 100. It breaks down into 1 x 100, 2 x 50, 4 x 25, 5 x 20, 10 x 10.. and stops there. The first number always goes up, second one always goes down. If they meet, they reverse.. and we are repeating ourselves. BUT you can try this, no matter what .. at least one of the pair of numbers is less than half. So we will ALWAYS catch the pair of multiples if we check all the numbers up to half. So what I am doing for example 100 is seeing if any number from 1-50 will divide evenly into it. The minute its divisible by any of those numbers iterating from 1 to 50, its not prime, doesn't get added to my magic list of numbers, and the loop continues to check 101.. and so on.

1031 ms to calculate is about a second, which fits into most of your attention spans out there.. so I'll take it :).

Point to note and something that was COOL. You can use (int)Math.ceil(num/2.0) to get a rounded up version of your number (ceil = ceiling, you can do Math.floor to get it rounded down.. floor is down whee). BAD thing. Don't forget your cast depending on the type of numbers being used!!!


104743 is the solution calculated in a time of 1031ms.

Project Euler 6: sums and squares (Java)

So, I've taken to trying out IntelliJ and Java for some project euler problems and then will start making small apps in there. It's been fun, these puzzles are a good way to get a quick intro into Java. There are definitely some minor differences, but for the most part navigating the IDE and not having my shortcuts be the same has been the largest challenge. There is a free 1 year subscription to IntelliJ and Resharper (for C#) if you have a student email address ending in .edu, so I recommend giving it a shot!!!


25164150 is the solution calculated in a time of 0ms.