Brute forcing a naive depth first path traversal

Because instead of applying for a job that I think fits with my needs, I somehow need to prove to myself that I can do this thing instead.  Because I want evidence to myself that I’m capable, a confidence building exercise, I guess…

Without reading, without quora, or wikipedia explaining to me, I want to know if I can resolve this problem on my own with the very little understanding I have.  As I said, it’s naive, and I know this is a “solved problem” but it’s solved because it’s easy.

I guess this is me proving to myself that I can tackle a topic I find interesting related to game design and use my brain power to do this on my own with as minimal research as possible.

Ordinarily I’d just look it up, I’m not a fool, trying to do something when there’s plenty of knowledge and answers out there without using the resources you have is a stubborn folly for any reason besides evidence of ones capabilities.  So I’m trying to think this through in my own messy fashion.  I think I should have a solution within a few hours (ho boy, putting a time limit to something I have no frame of reference for time, is gonna be interesting to see).

I think I have an interesting and fairly accurate approach to an algorithm and I think optimization can be had by asking why certain operations I’m doing to arrive at this solution are done in that way and not another.  In this case… literal edge cases LOL.

Project BoardGASM (Graffiti Royale Board GAme State Manager)

The Graffiti Royale GAme State Manager idea is now Project BoardGASM.
So far I created a C# basis with a general object manager, and simple construction of Players (with names, id/player#, color attributes set).

When logging in, I test the character to make sure they’re less than the total number of allowed characters in game and if not, sorry, lobby’s full.

I had fun making 3 different ways to create a list of players… I Have a 4th way to try (which will be just as non-useful as the 2nd method below)

1st Used a method that created each player as a new object then added them individually. :

p1(“name”, “color”) …; AddPlayer(p1);

2nd Using varargs, I passed them in at once using an array.  For a simple setup purpose this isn’t bad, but if I were to use a server system for an online method I’d be logging in one at a time, not an array, so this was a mild waste, but I did learn how to do it which was what my goal was.

AddPlayers(p1, p2, p3, p4);

3rd Used the actual method I’ll probably end up using by directly passing in the data (after sanitizing, natch) offered for Player name and color choice, as entered in a field/selected from a menu.  The “player number” at this point is just determined by ordinality of login.  That could change, but for now good enough.

AddPlayer(“name”, “color”).

The 4th method would be a blend of 2 and 3 (and hence, why I said non-useful).  Basically instead of AddPlayers(p1, p2, p3, p4), it’d be something like AddPlayers(“Name1”, “Color1”, “Name2”, “Color2”, “Name3”, “Color3”, “Name4”, “Color4”)

I decided it would be fun to do this little bit in multiple languages and decided Python would be the next one.  So I got the first method up already.  It was less headbashy in some ways (once I got the actual python tools installed in vscode – I could do it in WSL/nano/vim(blech), but VSCode did it quite well).  I did see an interesting terminal editor that has UI and themes that’s more like Sublime/VSCode, but for the commandline, so I hope to try that if it’s workable in WSL).

But while Python was less headbashy it’d been a while since I did anything in it more complex than a simple script.  So I had to relearn how classes were made, and moreso, remembering how to deal with implicit typing (since most of my coding’s been with explicit type declarations)  Well, it was slightly brainjiggering.  And I haven’t done much using “var” in C#.

It did occur to me, however, that my earliest programming experiences were based on implicitly typed languages.  BASIC and Logo (At least IIRC, the Logo we used (Color Logo) didn’t have any explicit type system)).

I guess I’ll work on finishing the python bit and creating maybe a simple JSON file to parse for feeding in as player data so I can use that with all the different implementations I use (instead of hardcoding the test values/fake players in the main code).  Good practice to get into, me thinks.

Oh – I also spent a lot of time trying to get get github going in VS.  First time using Github, had used Bitbucket, GoogleCode and one other thing before that.  And always with hg, not git.
I saw VS have git integration and was like NICE!  But getting the first thing setup because it wouldn’t let me merge due to some “future”state crap.  Even though the solution was to pull, apparently.  It wouldn’t let me.  I ended up just downloading the git Windows client and that worked like a charm.

If anyone’s curious.  Here’s the github for it…

Windows 10 Creator’s Update and more

My afternoon consisted of a few hours of downtime on the PC while I installed the Creators update.  My understanding is that the console was 16 colors only, and Creators update would expand that.  It’s a shallow reason, but I was bored, so…..  I did it.

After finding a .bashrc file I used (not sure if I’m sold on it, so I’ll prolly end up tweaking it), I did see the increased color depth with a script test.

I have to say though, man, it wasn’t as easy or obvious to find an answer on HOW to enable it as I would have expected it to be.  There were hints here and there.  But one of the bigger issues are old results that are either not relevant or references to the current situation are speculation (e.g. “in the future they’ll have 24 bit color.  We don’t know anything about it yet, but stay tuned!”) (hyperbole firmly intended).

Regardless.  I got to use that downtime to actually clean my room finally.  How amazingly productive I can be when the computer is off.

So I had that .bashrc file copied.  I was slightly foolish as I didn’t actually read the full script.  Now, nothing nefarious was afoot, but the dude who posted it remapped “nano” to vim.

So I decided I’d pathname launch it.  /usr/bin/nano.

No dice.  OK, so I “which nano”.


Sweet.  Then I thought.  “which nano” returns “/bin/nano”.
What if I treat it as a variable to be parsed by the command line?

So instead of typing “/bin/nano” which is what I was going to do, I thought

What if I type:

$(which nano)

Would it treat it as me calling the reference “/bin/nano”?


So like – it *shouldn’t* come as a surprise, it makes logical sense, but oft-times things don’t come together as you may expect.  The fact this did means it was a pleasant surprise that the thing actually worked the way I had assumed.

It was just a happy tech moment/playfulness/discovery moment in a world where tech seems so maddening at times for many reasons (Working in the telecom field has given me a whole new appreciation for system complexity, let me say that.  Even more than programming has.)