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Old 08-14-2015, 01:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorting is nontrivial to programmers:
No. Sorting is non-trivial to computer science students. Once you pass the basic algorithms course, about all you do is call qsort (or equivalent function in your employer's language of choice) when you need a program to sort something. Or call the sort function in your editor, use "ls -rt" if you want a list of files sorted by date, &c.

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More than you ever wanted to know about this. Personally, I like the space separator more than commas or dots (1 000 000 rather than 1,000,000 or 1.000.000), but I never see numbers written that way.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Personally, I like the space separator more than commas or dots (1 000 000 rather than 1,000,000 or 1.000.000), but I never see numbers written that way.
Bet you've never tried to write a program to parse numeric input written that way :-)

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Old 08-15-2015, 02:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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No. Sorting is non-trivial to computer science students.
I guess I used 'nontrivial' because it sounds like coder slang. What I was reaching for was 'rich source of algorithmic complexity'.



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