[Newbies] Feedback: Using Output as the Next Input
dnorton at mindspring.com
Sat May 2 13:07:40 UTC 2015
Dumb questions can have uses after all. Thank you Hannes and Ralph for your thoughtful
responses. You must have been digging into the archives - my original post was nearly a
Perhaps it is time to say what I chose to do. Design of Secret Santa was driven by:
1. A desire for simplicity
2. Relatively infrequent use (annual)
Input is a text file listing the names of participants. A pair of names on the same line denotes
a couple. Output consists of the result of drawing names, compiled as a class method.
Method names are serialized: drawn2012, drawn2013, ...
The Transcript shows the latest drawing, as a Dictionary, which is compiled. Below that in the
Transcript are the statistics (iterations, rule violations). The image must be saved.
I would appreciate any thoughts on application delivery. The above is a very crude, if not
non-existent, way to deliver an app. Use of external files for output would improve things a
little. Isn't it possible to do better than this for a Smalltalk app? What if the user is not a fan of
More information about the Beginners