Advent Calendar - December 22, 2019

Sunday, Dec 22, 2019| Tags: Raku

Advent Calendar 2019


The gift is presented by JJ Merelo**. Today he is talking about his solutions to Task #1: Replace character and count** of “The Weekly Challenge - 001”.

Write a script to replace the character ‘e’ with ‘E’ in the string ‘Perl Weekly Challenge’. Also print the number of times the character ‘e’ is found in the string.


I haven’t looked at the other solutions that have been published, but I’m pretty sure they’ll go along these lines, at least in Raku.

This was easy and almost straight out of the Raku documentation: StrDistance.

my $changes = (my $pwc = ‘Perl Weekly Challenge’) ~~ tr/e/E/;
say $pwc;
say +$changes;

It could be golfed, but also ungolfed. Basic trick here is that I’m defining a variable $pwc on the fly so that I can apply tr to it. I could use .trans, because in Perl there is always more than one way to do it, but then I couldn’t get the secondary effect of counting changes. I can do that with tr, which has the (Rakudo-only, whatever that means, because there’s only one Perl 6 compiler, and that’s Rakudo) nice secondary effect of returning an StrDistance object that can, in number context, return the number of changes. That’s why we hold the changed string in $pwc and the change object in $changes. The last line is number-contextualized by putting a + in front.


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Advent Calendar 2019

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