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The challenge is relatively simple, but will hopefully lead to some wonderfully creative answers. The task is to take a string as an input (via command line, function parameter etc.) and output/return a stringsploded version of it.

A stringsploded version of a string is its first letter followed by its first 2 letters, followed by its first 3 letters,... until you finally output the complete word.

You are guaranteed that the input will consist of printable ASCII characters and that the input will all be on one line (no new line characters).

Here are examples to clarify what stringsplosions are:

Input                 Output
"Code"       ---->   "CCoCodCode"
"name"       ---->   "nnanamname"
"harambe"    ---->   "hhaharharaharamharambharambe"
"sp aces?"   ---->   "sspsp sp asp acsp acesp acessp aces?"
"1234"       ---->   "1121231234"
"ss"         ---->   "sss"

This is code golf so shortest code wins + up votes for interesting uses of your respective language.

Good luck!


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    \$\begingroup\$ String challenges should usually specify the valid input characters, because it's not clear whether the input may contain a) non-letters, b) unprintable/control characters, c) null bytes, d) extended ASCII characters, e) Unicode characters beyond code point 256, (... f) combining marks, g) surrogates ...), all of which can arbitrarily complicate the challenge in many languages. And since your test cases only cover letters one might assume that that's your intended input range. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Sep 7 '16 at 14:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ You should add a test case where the first two characters are the same. \$\endgroup\$ – mbomb007 Sep 7 '16 at 14:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ As someone with a stutter, I'm OOfOffOffeOffenOffendOffendeOffended. \$\endgroup\$ – Shaun Wild Sep 7 '16 at 15:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Alternate title: SStStrStriStrinStringStringsStringspStringsplStringsploStringsplodStringsplode \$\endgroup\$ – DJMcMayhem Sep 7 '16 at 17:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also related, near duplicate. \$\endgroup\$ – ETHproductions Sep 7 '16 at 22:43

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GNU sed, 30 bytes



echo -n "name" | sed -f stringsplode.sed

Perl 6,  23  16 bytes

{S:g/.?/{$/.prematch}/}  # <-- the Perl 5 entry as a Perl 6 lambda
{[R~] m:ex/^.*/}
{[~] m:ex/^.*?/}


# bare block lambda with implicit parameter 「$_」
  # list reduce using string concatenation operator

  # the input implicitly matched against

  # in all possible ways

    ^   # must match from the beginning
    .   # any character
    *?  # any number of times non-greedily

The m:ex/^.*?/ part produces a list of Match values (「」,「C」,「Co」,「Cod」,「Code」).

The other option m:ex/^.*/ produces the Match values in exactly the opposite order, so they have to be combined in reverse using the R meta operator.


Pyke, 5 bytes


Try it here!

      - o = 0
FK    - for i in input:
  oh  -   1+o++
    < -  input[:^]
      - "".join(^)
  • \$\begingroup\$ What does K do? \$\endgroup\$ – Cyoce Sep 7 '16 at 23:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ The F automatically pushes each character to the stack, the K removes it \$\endgroup\$ – Blue Sep 7 '16 at 23:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ then I suggest you put FK on the same line in the explanation \$\endgroup\$ – Cyoce Sep 7 '16 at 23:26

Lua, 58

u=''for s in io.read():gmatch('.')do u=u..s io.write(u)end

Saved 5 Bytes thanks to manatwork

I love using lua's gmatch and gsub for golfing.

Simply takes io.read(), gmatch's it for any single character, iterating through the entire string. it assigns the variable st, which slowly builds the entire string as lua iterates, and at every iteration, writes the contents of st.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just some general golfing things: you can choose shorter variable name and there is an unnecessary space in front of end. \$\endgroup\$ – manatwork Sep 8 '16 at 6:25

Go, 90 bytes

package main;import."fmt";func main(){s:="";Scan(&s);for i:=0;i<=len(s);i++{Print(s[:i])}}

BASH (grep + sed + tr) 36

grep -o .|sed ':;p;N;$!b'|tr -d '\n'
  • \$\begingroup\$ '\n'\\n. \$\endgroup\$ – manatwork Sep 8 '16 at 6:14

PHP , 52 Bytes

for(;$i<strlen($t=$argv[1]);)echo substr($t,0,++$i);
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    \$\begingroup\$ Seems you forgot to clean up after previous attempt: variable $l is not used anymore. \$\endgroup\$ – manatwork Sep 7 '16 at 16:37

MATL, 8 bytes


This uses a different approach from @Suever's answer.

Try it online!


        % Implicit input: string
"       % For each. This repeats as many times as chars in the input string
  G     %   Push input again
  X@    %   Push iteration index, k (varies from 1 to input length)
  :)    %   Get k first chars from input
  v!    %   Concatenate all stack contents horizontally
        % Implicit end
        % Implicit display

Japt, 5 bytes

Uå+ q

Test it online!

How it works

       // Implicit: U = input string
Uå+    // Cumulative-reduce the input by addition.
       // This returns an array of all prefixes.
    q  // Join with the empty string.
       // Implicit: output last expression

Java 7, 74 bytes

String h(String a){int l=a.length();return l>1?h(a.substring(0,l-1))+a:a;}


String j(String a){return a.isEmpty()?a:j(a.substring(0,a.length()-1))+a;}

Recursive version of Geobits answer.


Haskell (lambdabot), 10 bytes



(join.inits) "Code"
  • \$\begingroup\$ This doesn't work in standard Haskell, because you need imports for both join and inits which are added to the byte count. If you have an interpreter/compiler that imports them by default, please specify it as part of the language name. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – nimi Sep 7 '16 at 22:32

Racket 81 bytes

(λ(s)(apply string-append(for/list((i(+ 1(string-length s))))(substring s 0 i))))

More readable form:

(define(f s)
       ((i(+ 1(string-length s))))
     (substring s 0 i))))


(f "Code")

PHP, 39 37 35 bytes


works for all examples. String should not countain the 0 character.

PHP, 50 40 38 bytes


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