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  • Blog Post: Every Program There Is, Part Nine

    [This is the final part of a series on generating every string in a language. The previous part is here .] We seem to have a bit of a performance problem here. We could slap a profiler on it, and normally I’d recommend just that. But in this case, let’s solve this problem by thinking. Suppose we’re trying...
  • Blog Post: Recursion and Dynamic Programming

    Back in May we were discussing the merits and drawbacks of recursive programming techniques -- that is, writing functions which break down problems into sub-problems, and then call themselves. The drawback of such an approach is that in some cases, you end up doing way more work than necessary...
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