Dragons in the Algorithm
Adventures in Programming
by Michael Chermside

Eric Lippert Tree Challenge

In his blog, Eric Lippert issued an interesting programming challenge. (Follow the link for details of the requirements.) Here is my solution.

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# Programming challenge from
#  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericlippert/archive/2010/09/09/old-school-tree-display.aspx
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# Done in Python, by Michael Chermside
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import unittest
import itertools

# ============== Provided Problem ==============
class …

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Posted Thu 09 September 2010 by mcherm in Programming

Error message was '3'.

Just a brief entry so the NEXT time this happens I can search and find the solution.Once before I had this problem, but I couldn't remember the solution so this time I am writing it down. We (a Profile developer and I) were adding a new MRPC. When I …

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Posted Fri 20 August 2010 by mcherm in Programming

Election Guide, May 2010

This coming Tuesday, we have primary elections. I have been doing my research on the candidates for the various races -- all primary elections, and I am registered as a Democrat. I will summarize the results of that research here along with my endorsements and intended votes.

Race #1: Governor:

Dan …

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Posted Sun 16 May 2010 by mcherm in Politics

Petitioning the FCC on Net Neutrality

I sent the following message to the FCC, which is currently accepting public input prior to promulgating new rules on "Net Neutrality".

To the FCC:

Some form of "Net Neutrality" is essential, and it is up to the governing agencies to determine what form and how.

The general principle holds …

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Posted Sat 03 April 2010 by mcherm in Politics