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Smallest piece of code in the world?

April 24, 2014

It has been said that the smallest piece of code in the world is the C code shown below for copying strings.

while (*d++ = *s++);

That is just a whopping 17 characters long! Really?

I’ll do that in Scheme/Lisp:

(set! d s)

There 9 characters long.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. rayburgemeestre permalink
    April 29, 2014 2:44 am

    Scheme/Lisp seems bloated, in C++ it’s as easy as: “d = s;”

    • April 29, 2014 9:13 am

      I got the information on the C++ code in a discussion at stackoverflow so I just took their word for it being a former C++ developer myself. But that solution you gave is not copying a string, it is assigning a pointer to be the same, there are no separate areas. The lisp code I gave gives you the notion of copy.

  2. April 29, 2014 10:15 pm

    Sure thing, but as pointed out in a LinkedIn discussion, Lisp has a richer semantics than C/C++ – Let see you destroy a pointer. Lisp has no such thing. No leaks.

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