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The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors, Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.

We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write - the truly sublime.

Post your Best, your worst, and your most interesting. But please - no programming questions . This forum is purely for amusement and discussions on code snippets. All actual programming questions will be removed.

 
GeneralRe: One of the worst routines I've ever written. Shame on me? Pin
honey the codewitch26-Jul-23 15:55
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GeneralE-mail validation stupidity Pin
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Nelek8-Jun-23 12:30
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Sander Rossel10-Jun-23 3:27
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trønderen10-Jun-23 3:58
trønderen10-Jun-23 3:58 
Sander Rossel wrote:
Capital letters are larger than lower case letters so they take up more disk space.
No. Uppercase A-Z has values from 65 to 90, while lowercase a-z has values from 97 to 122.

This refers to ASCII. Uppercase can be encoded in as little as 5 bits (Baudot code) or 6 bits (Univac Fieldata; there are other 6 bit encodings as well).

If space is really at premium, you should go for Morse code. Lots of people never realized that the coding table is sorted by frequency: E, the most common letter (in English), is a single 'di'. T, the second most common letter, is a single 'dah'. The third most common is I, so it is 'di di', #4 is A: 'di dah', #5 is N: 'dah di', #6 is M: 'dah dah', all the way to rarely used special characters, such as colon: 'dah dah dah di di di' or comma: 'dah dah di di dah dah'.

We may argue the frequencies, and for other languages than English they may be significantly off. For special characters, usage may have changed since 1844. Nevertheless, the fundamental principle behind the Morse code is frequency sorting, to reduce the time for transmitting a message to a minimum.
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Nelek10-Jun-23 12:41
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honey the codewitch21-Jun-23 4:23
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GeneralASP.Net webforms and disabled controls Pin
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RantAnother Visual Studio Update, Another Level of Ineptitude. Pin
Rick York17-May-23 22:00
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