
Ah sorry, I misunderstood and thought from what you said that you were a selfemployed contractor. In that case then I agree, they are way out of line expecting you to study in your own time for a requirement that they are imposing on you.
(It would have been different if it was a contract term that you had explicitly agreed to, which would only have been the case if you were a selfemployed contractor).
All the same, it could be a resuméenhancing skill. Certainly the kind of thing that would be useful if you do want to move on.





markrlondon wrote: All the same, it could be a resuméenhancing skill.
I plan on retiring in four years (age 67). Resumé building is the absolute last thing on my mind.
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Oh well, in that case you have certain advantages.





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I stumbled upon this new book and I've completed the intro and first chapter.
Classic Computer Science Problems in Python: David Kopec: 9781617295980: Amazon.com: Books[^]
It's actually quite good.
The author writes clearly and makes a point that he backs up with code.
It covers some nice topics that I've been wanting from an introductory level and then proceeding deeper.
* Search algorithms
* Common techniques for graphs
* Neural networks
* Genetic algorithms
* Adversarial search
Wishing For C#
I've been looking for something like this but written in C#.
So, I've begun rewriting the algorithms in C#.
Here are all fibonacci algos rewritten in C#.
I learned quite a bit from rewriting them.
It's a good example to go from recursion to memoization to for loop to yield.
int fibWithRecursion(int n){
if (n < 2){
return n;
}
return fibWithRecursion(n 1) + fibWithRecursion(n2);
}
Dictionary<decimal,decimal> d = new Dictionary<decimal,decimal>();
decimal fib(decimal n){
if (n<2) return n;
if (!d.ContainsKey(n)){
decimal x = fib(n1) + fib(n2);
d.Add(n,x);
}
return d[n];
}
decimal fibViaFor(decimal n){
if (n == 0) return n;
decimal prev = 0;
decimal next = 1;
for (int i = 1; i < n;i++){
decimal oldPrev = prev;
prev = next;
next = oldPrev + next;
}
return next;
}
IEnumerable<decimal> fibViaIterator(decimal n){
decimal prev =0;
decimal next = 1;
for (decimal i = 0; i < n; i++){
yield return prev;
decimal localFib = prev + next;
prev = next;
next = localFib;
}
}
Grab a free copy of LINQPad  The .NET Programmer's Playground[^] and try them out.
Here's the driver code you can use to try each algo:
for (int x = 0; x<15;x++){
Console.Write($"{fibWithRecursion(x)} ");
}
Console.Write("\n");
for (int x = 0; x<15;x++){
Console.Write($"{fib(x)} ");
}
Console.Write("\n");
for (int x = 0; x<15;x++){
Console.Write($"{fibViaFor(x)} ");
}
Console.Write("\n");
foreach (decimal x in fibViaIterator(15)){
Console.Write($"{x} ");
}
Console.Write("\n");
Output looks like the following (each algo produces 1 line):
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377





Certain things functional programming is also an interesting alternative, for example, tail recursion, which looks like recursion but gets compiled into a loop. You don't suffer the performance / call stack penalty of recursion, but the code is (theoretically) cleaner.
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Marc Clifton wrote: functional programming is also an interesting alternative, for example, tail recursion,
That sounds very interesting and I would like that as the next example in the fibonacci methods (fibonacci solved via functional programming).
How close is that to the yield one (using the iterator)? I think they may be similar but my knowledge is limited. Thanks
IEnumerable<decimal> fibViaIterator(decimal n){
decimal prev =0;
decimal next = 1;
for (decimal i = 0; i < n; i++){
yield return prev;
decimal localFib = prev + next;
prev = next;
next = localFib;
}
}





As an aside there is a method for calculating a fibonacci number without calculating all of the previous numbers in the sequence.
If you are interested it was a method proposed by Dijkstra  scroll down to the middle of (search for 'Can we find a quicker method using only integers?' )
http://www.maths.surrey.ac.uk/hostedsites/R.Knott/Fibonacci/fibFormula.html#section1.3





That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Very cool math.





It would be interesting to see your C# examples sidebyside against the same problems solved in F#
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Dominic Burford wrote: It would be interesting to see your C# examples sidebyside against the same problems solved in F#
Great idea. Maybe someone with knowledge will chime in.





OK but why make the input to fib a decimal ? This way we can do some party tricks such as calling fib(16.646211646837820914214151535M) (just a hair over 2019) but it's unusual.





harold aptroot wrote: OK but why make the input to fib a decimal ?
Oh, yeah. That was just so I could do very large Fib calcs.
It's 16 bytes so you can get a really large value.
You can calculate Fib(132) = 1725375039079340637797070384
That's a big Fib, but no lie!
And, yes, I probably should've done some protective coding and truncated any value after a decimal but this was just for my learning.





OH I like big fibs and I cannot lie, here's a nice trick if you don't mind some BigInteger hackery,
Take some nice prime p such that p ≡ 3 mod 4 (this congruence is not strictly required but makes the next part easier). For example p = 45427892858481394071686190649738831656137145778469793250959984709250004157335359
Then calculate the square root of 5 = BigInteger.ModPow(5, (p + 1) / 4, p) (this simple formula works before p was chosen with p ≡ 3 mod 4).
Calculate a couple of fancy constants,
BigInteger half = BigInteger.ModPow(2, p  2, p);
BigInteger phi = (1 + sqrt5) * half % p;
BigInteger psi = (1 + p  sqrt5) * half % p;
BigInteger invsqrt5 = BigInteger.ModPow(sqrt5, p  2, p);
And then you can use the modular arithmetic version of Binet's Formula,
BigInteger fib(int n)
{
return (BigInteger.ModPow(phi, n, p)  BigInteger.ModPow(psi, n, p) + p) * invsqrt5 % p;
}
Good for n up to around 380 or so, you can use a bigger prime if you want to go higher.
This is more or less a joke of course, if you wanted efficient fibonacci calculations you could also use the optimized version (less redundancy) of matrix powering.





Very cool. Thanks for sharing.





Has anyone heard of SmartXML or used it?





XML ain't smart.
It's the idiot inbred grandchild of PostScript.
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You and Marc are a tag team terror. The math behind it looked interesting.





And here I thought Javascript was evil.
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You and Mark are a tag team terror. The math behind it looked interesting.





See, now if you'd used PostScript, you could have singlesourced that statement, making allowance for the fact that Marc doesn't know how to spell his name properly.
With XML? Not in a million manhours.
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Mark_Wallace wrote: Marc doesn't know how to spell his name properly
It's spelled Klifton, right?





Bassam AbdulBaki wrote: It's spelled Klifton, right?
I like that. Has a Klingon undertone to it.
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WTF.
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
The metaphorical solid rearend expulsions have impacted the metaphorical motorized bladed rotating air movement mechanism.
Do questions with multiple question marks annoy you???



