Intro to swarm coding

  • December 20, 2012 · 7:00 PM

Kevin Lynagh and I both want to start doing more swarm coding (collective, collaborative, interactive coding) as a way to build up our community, show others how to be effective with Clojure, explore the language, and build some cool projects!

Come join us, and bring a laptop (if you want)!
To warm up to coding as a group, we're going to start with the Coin Change Kata -

We'll solve it first in a straight-forward and functional manner, implementing multiple approaches (greedy, off-by-X, ...) and then solve it again using core.logic's constraint system.

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  • Paul d.

    A new Clojerks meetup has been posted to continue swarming and working with Clojure. I'd love to see more people from the previous swarm make it - if the date and time doesn't work, let the group know. Thanks!

    January 14, 2013

  • Greg B.

    Thanks Paul for hosting such an interesting session. For my first Clojure program ever (below), I sketched out a recursive solution to the Kata problem in Haskell and then tried to translate pretty much directly to Clojure. (Granted - this doesn't exactly meet the problem spec, which called for a map over denominations. A final step could be added to translate to that form.)

    (defn maybeCons [x xs]
    (if (= xs nil) nil (cons x xs)))

    (defn best_of [left right]
    (cond (= right nil) left
    (= left nil) right
    (> (count right)(count left)) left
    true right))

    (defn kata [coins amt]
    (cond (= amt 0) []
    (empty? coins) nil
    (< amt (first coins)) (kata (drop 1 coins) amt)
    true (let [left (maybeCons (first coins)(kata coins (- amt (first coins))))
    right (kata (drop 1 coins) amt)]
    (best_of left right))))

    (print (kata '[masked]) 137))

    December 21, 2012

    • Paul d.

      In clojure, there's a function for that: (frequencies [[masked] 1]) => {25 5, 10 1, 1 2}

      January 3, 2013

    • Paul d.

      It's exactly the same function you're describing above, that you would do in Haskell. There's also a function called `apropos` that works like the Unix command, but for Clojure functions.

      January 3, 2013

  • Mitchell T.

    Interesting. I was somewhat shy but it was nice to follow along. I aspire to try typing.

    December 22, 2012

  • Howard M. Lewis S.

    It's been a while since I tried to code in a group, so it was a different experience. Sorry I had to rush out at the end.

    December 21, 2012

  • Paul d.

    Here is the git repo for the code swarm -­

    Thanks everyone for coming and participating. As more people get comfortable with Clojure, more people should be jumping on the keyboard :)

    December 21, 2012

  • Paul d.

    Great to see this on the calendar! Time and date works totally fine for me

    Thanks again to Simple for hosting!
    I also have exciting Clojure-meetup related news to share to kick the meeting off.

    December 11, 2012

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