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2021

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Today is Father’s Day in the U.S. I have an almost-11-month-old son who I should be spending time with, but I feel the need to post a blog because I have bee...

Perl Weekly Challenge 116

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Part 1 was probably the hardest this week, but I ended up being able to adapt a solution from an existing Python library.

Perl Weekly Challenge 115

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I had a very busy weekend and didn’t get the opportunity to post this during the actual week of the challenge, but I will post both 115 and 116 today!

Perl Weekly Challenge 114

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Both of this week’s solutions look remarkably similar, because we were able to utilize the first subroutine for each one!

Perl Weekly Challenge 112

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Task 1 allowed for some functional programming using some cool built-ins in Raku. Task 2 built on some code I wrote for Challenge 94.

Perl Weekly Challenge 112

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A little string manipulation and recursion today. My solution to task 2 is almost the same as my solution to Advent of Code 2020: Day 10 (part 2)!

Perl Weekly Challenge 111

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I was apparently the champion of the Perl Weekly Challenge for last month, which is pretty cool! I encourage folks to go read my interview with Mohammad Anwa...

Perl Weekly Challenge 110

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A couple IO-related challenges this week with nice functional solutions. 🙂

Perl Weekly Challenge 109

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Two fun tasks this week that were both able to be solved in a functional manner 🎉

Perl Weekly Challenge 107

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I wrote this week’s answers several days ago, but forgot to commit them. I ended up getting a new laptop and had to rewrite them. I think they ended up the s...

Perl Weekly Challenge 106

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Task 2 seems like it would be difficult, but once again, Raku has built-in mechanisms to help us out!

Perl Weekly Challenge 105

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This week’s challenges are short and sweet, but still give us the opportunity to explore some interesting Raku-isms!

Perl Weekly Challenge 104

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This week had some fun topics like recursion, memoization, and IO/data validation!

Perl Weekly Challenge 103

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Challenge two this week was… interesting, to say the least. But, we are through it, and it’s the weekend! 🍻

Perl Weekly Challenge 102

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Part one was an exercise in efficiency and short-circuiting; I am sure there are more optimizations I could add, but it works as is. 🙂 Let me know if you see...

Perl Weekly Challenge 101

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This week was pretty fun – solution one ends up re-using some code from my first post (Challenge 88), and solution two explores Barycentric coordinates! No u...

Perl Weekly Challenge 100

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This week was a lot of fun! Challenge 1 threw an additional curve ball at us – the solution should be a “one-liner.” I did my best to fit my solution on one ...

Perl Weekly Challenge 99

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This week’s theme is regex, which is something the Perl family of languages has always been known for.

Perl Weekly Challenge 98

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This week’s solutions explore some more obscure parts of the Raku ecosystem, namely state variables and adverbs.

Perl Weekly Challenge 97

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My solution to challenge two builds on last week’s challenge two, so I encourage you to go read last week’s post if you haven’t already!

Perl Weekly Challenge 96

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I admittedly took a shortcut for part two this week, but it allowed me to introduce modules here (I don’t believe I have used them before in a blog), so I th...

Perl Weekly Challenge 95

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Two pretty simple challenges this week! I tried ot focus on strongly typed subroutines and methods to shake things up.

Perl Weekly Challenge 94

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The second challenge was a lot like last weeks second challenge, so I went a step further and implemented multiple tree traversals. I won’t include the tests...

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2020

Perl Weekly Challenge 93

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I was going to stop adding my test cases (to the blog, not the code) this week, but after writing a solution that passed the provided test cases for part one...

Perl Weekly Challenge 92

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It was a slow Christmas day for me, for the most part, so I decided to knock this challenge out as well as finishing up AoC!

Advent of Code: Day 25

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Merry Christmas! Part two was probably my favorite part of all of Advent of Code; check it out!

Advent of Code: Day 24

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Merry Christmas Eve! I had a lot more fun with today’s challenge than the past few days. It is reminiscent of days 11 and 17, but with a fun twist. I also so...

Advent of Code: Day 23

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This is just trashy, slow code that gets the job done. Not functional, not fast, not clever, and not nice to look at. Anyway, enjoy!

Advent of Code: Day 22

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I am posting day 22’s blog a day late due to an outage at work that took precedence. However, you can see from my git history that the code itself was writte...

Advent of Code: Day 21

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I had much more fun with today’s puzzle than yesterday’s! We are back in Raku, after a few days of detouring through Python.

Advent of Code: Day 20

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Today was… not fun, to say the very least. It was a lot of tedium, and I am not super proud of my solution.

Advent of Code: Day 19

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After I was singing Raku’s praises yesterday, it had to come back to bite me.

Perl Weekly Challenge 91

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I finally got some time between my day job and Advent of Code to tackle this week’s Perl Weekly Challenge. Pretty easy stuff this week; hope the difficulty r...

Advent of Code: Day 18

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I like to hate on Raku quite a bit, but it was literally the perfect language for today’s challenge. I guess the love-hate relationship continues!

Advent of Code: Day 17

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Today was almost exactly like day 11 except with more dimensions. If you remember from day 11, the Raku solution was so slow that I had to write a Python sol...

Advent of Code: Day 16

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We got to explore some cool features of Raku today, even if it wasn’t 100% functional. 🙂 Read on to see what I am talking about!

Advent of Code: Day 15

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Even with how short and sweet today’s solution is, I had to rewrite it between parts one and two after hitting the maximum recursion depth. So we’ve got one ...

Advent of Code: Day 14

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Today was much less math-heavy than yesterday, although we will dive into an algorithm that would make it faster. However, I did do this problem more imperat...

Advent of Code: Day 13

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Today’s challenge was… interesting, to say the least. It may look short and sweet, but it is fairly complex and requires a fair bit of number theory for part...

Advent of Code: Day 12

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Today was the first day where I didn’t use the same code for parts one and two – they were just too different! Other than that, this is a classic recursive s...

Advent of Code: Day 11

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I am giving myself half credit for today; the solution I came up with is in Raku, but it is an iterative solution. Additionally, this solution is slow. In fa...

Advent of Code: Day 10

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Part two today almost forced me to use an iterative approach that would require a mutable array. However, I stumbled on a great feature of Raku that let me d...

Advent of Code: Day 9

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Today we have a classic sliding window problem. But, instead of the traditional iterative approach, we take a recursive approach.

Advent of Code: Day 8

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Today tripped me up a bit in part 2 due to my lack of understanding around copying objects in Raku. Regardless, we made it through and are now over 30% of th...

Perl Weekly Challenge 90

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Today was a busy day with both Advent of Code and the Perl Weekly Challenge. Luckily, the PWC was short and sweet this week, and a nice breather after the Ad...

Advent of Code: Day 7

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Well, today was our streak breaker. For the life of me, I could not get Raku to run in a timely manner. I ended up reverting to Python and using a more imper...

Advent of Code: Day 6

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Well, our old pal set theory reared its head again today. I’m very happy with the middle ground I found between conciseness and readability with this challen...

Advent of Code: Day 5

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Binary search is a well-known algorithm for searching already sorted lists. I liken it to searching for a book at a book store. If the author’s last name sta...

Advent of Code: Day 4

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Today’s challenge was a rough one for me. Not because of the challenge itself, but because I fell into a trap in the Raku language that was giving me an off-...

Advent of Code: Day 3

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Today was the first problem that I felt lent itself naturally to a for-loop. While there is nothing wrong with a for-loop in functional programming programmi...

Advent of Code: Day 2

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We’re back again with another functional Raku solution! This problem requires some text parsing as well, which is where Raku (and its older brother Perl) rea...

Advent of Code: Day 1

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Turns out I started blogging just in time for the Advent of Code, an annual series of daily challenges that run from December 1st to December 25th.

Perl Weekly Challenge 89

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Back again with challenge 89! I was able to tackle this one the day it was released, but I doubt that will be the case going forward.

Perl Weekly Challenge 88

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I have always been a fan of Perl (and its younger brother Raku), but, since leaving the Bioinformatics world, have not found any real-world scenarios to flex...

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