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import turtle as t
for c in a[p]:exec c+"(a[p+1])"
I implemented a primitive interpreter with
l r f b as operators that move the turtle cursor around at the angle of the shapes. At one time, it turns only one angle. I compressed the strings by reusing strings (kind of like psuedo-subroutines), other than that, I didn't check to see if I was using the best path. It outputs to a postscript file.
A little explanation of un-golfed code:
import turtle as t
diamond= Left*3 + Right*3
tetrahedron=(d+R)*3 #used to be b
Imports the built-in turtle module and defines the macros that shorten the strings. The turtle module uses commands to move a 'turtle' around the screen (ie forward(100), left(90))
#octohedron, builds off the tetrahedron
(Right*5 + Left*5 + Right + Left)*5
Left*5 + Right*2 + Left*2 + Right*4 + "f",72,
This list holds the angles and movement sequences. The tetrahedron was saved to reuse with the octohedren.
This is the part that i like, it makes single character local functions so the calls can be shortened and automated through pre-defined strings.
This starts by taking the input (between 1 and 5), and converting that to an index that points to the shape string in the netList. These setup turtle to show the whole net. These could be left out if the task was just to draw them, but since we need a picture output they are needed.
for command in netList[input]:
The for loop takes the commands in the command sequence string and executes them, so for a string like "fl", this executes "forward(angle);left(angle);" by calling the newly created local functions. the last line outputs a file called 'o' that is in postscript format format using turtle function.
Copy it into a file and run it from there. When you run it, it will wait for a number input between 1 and 5 (i just changed it so that it asks before setting up turtle). When you input a number, a window pops up and draws the net. if you want it to go faster you can add
You can copy-paste it into the interpreter, but when
raw_input() is called it consumes the next string you input
"t.setup(.9,.9)" instead of a number. So if you do this, copy up until
raw_input(), input a number, than copy paste the rest. It is intended to be run as a whole. Or you could copy it into a function and call it.
Here are it's outputs (converted from postscript):
Note: the position of these in the window has changed, but their overall shape is the same.
It's a little brute force for code golf, but I got tired of trying to find a consistent pattern between the shapes.