Algo Study: Evolving N Queens

The problem at hand Welcome to “algorithm study”, a fancy name for my fiddling with solutions to classic problems in computer science. Many of these problems will be NP-Complete or NP-Hard, so while there may be no polynomial solution, its still often possible to create reasonably performant solutions for small values of n. The series will work through things like path finding, Sudoku solvers, N-Queens, and others in an iterative fashion.

Mon Jun 10, 2019 2044 words
Generating Ordered Permutations

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the early days of computers & hacker culture. Each of the books has highlighted how important having a deep understanding of the tools & hardware has been for programmers, regardless of generation. Personally, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend my entire career working with relatively high-level languages like Scala, Haskell, or even C#. Tools like those allow programmers to be extremely productive without ever really grasping the inner workings of their machine.

Mon Apr 1, 2019 1140 words