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Questions tagged [source-layout]

For challenges that involve the physical layout or physical manipulation of source-code.

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Hyperprogramming: N+N, N×N, N^N all in one

Write a program that takes in a number N from 1 to 9 inclusive. In its native form your program should output N+N. E.g. output 2 if N is ...
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Hello, World! (Every other character)

Write a program that prints "Hello, World!". But also, if you take only the first, third, fifth, etc. characters of your program, the resulting program should still print "Hello, World!". If your ...
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I double the source, you double the output!

Your task, if you wish to accept it, is to write a program that outputs a positive integer (higher than 0). The tricky part is that if I duplicate your source code, the output must be double the ...
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Write a program that always outputs “2012” - even if it's modified!

This idea is not mine, though I don't know where it originated. I once met it in a programming contest very long ago (1998, if I remember correctly). The task is to write a program in your favorite ...
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What are the five most powerful characters in your language?

Choose any five characters your language supports. There are 5! = 5×4×3×2×1 = 120 ways these can be arranged into a 5-character string that contains each character once; 120 ...
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Print a Negative of your Code

Consider a square of printable ASCII characters (code points 0x20 to 0x7E) for side length N, like the following (here, N = 6): ...
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From Programming Puzzles to Code Golf

Your task is to write a program that outputs the exact string Programming Puzzles (trailing newline optional), but when all spaces, tabs, and newlines are removed ...
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Error 404: Character Not Found

Scenario One of your friends is struggling on a homework assignment. He needs a simple program which prints the first 404 natural numbers: ...
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Fault-Tolerant Hello World (a.k.a. the Interview)

At the end of your interview, the Evil Interviewer tells you, "We make all of our applicants take a short coding test, to see if they really know what they are talking about. Don't worry; it's easy. ...
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Powerprogramming: O(1^N), O(N^1), O(2^N), O(N^2) all in one

Write a program (or function) that exhibits four common big O time complexities depending on how it is run. In any form it takes in a positive integer N which you may assume is less than 231. When ...
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Write a Rectangular Program that Outputs the Number of Times it was Rotated

The title says it all. Your goal is to write a program that forms a w×h rectangle of characters that can be rotated and re-run to output the number of 90° Counter-Clockwise (CCW) rotations that have ...
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Significant Whitespace

We define whitespace to be any of the three characters, tab (0x09), newline (0x0A) or space (0x20). For this challenge, you're to write two programs or functions in the same programming language, ...
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Third time the charm

Your task, if you wish to accept it, is to write a program that outputs a positive integer (higher than 0). If the source code is duplicated the output must remain the same. The tricky part is that if ...
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Make a code square with your favorite word

Pick your favorite 6 letter common English word that has no repeated letters, such as wombat. Write a program in an N×N grid of characters without comments such ...
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Coding Around The Clock

Write a single line program two or more characters long that contains no line terminators and takes no input. For example, your program might be: MyProgram When ...
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Sierpinskified Code

Write a rectangular block of text that when arranged into a Sierpinski carpet, using same-sized blocks of spaces for the empty portions, creates a program that outputs the iteration number of the ...
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A Chiral Puzzle

A shape is chiral if no amount of rotation can make it look like it's mirror image. In this puzzle we will be writing chiral computer programs. For this puzzle we will think of a program as a ...
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Create a square of increasing size by replicating the initial code

Your assignment is to write a program of even length, that prints an ASCII-art square (described below), that increases its side length by 1 unit each time the original source code is pasted in the ...
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Code that runs the Game of Life on itself

Write two rectangular blocks of code, each w characters wide and h characters tall, that implement Conway's Game of Life when arranged in a grid. (w and h may be any positive integers) For example, ...
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Shifting-Oriented Programming

A string can be shifted by a number n by getting the byte value c of each character in the string, calculating ...
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40 Numbers in 9 Bytes

There are 40 ways a directed Hamiltonian path can be arranged on a 3×3 grid: This graphic (thanks Sp3000!) shows only the 20 undirected paths. Traverse each colored line in both directions for ...
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A well linked challenge

An activity I sometimes do when I'm bored is to write a couple of characters in matching pairs. I then draw lines (over the tops never below) to connect these characters. For example I might write \$...
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Program template for printing *any* string

Write a program with the following properties: When run as-is, the program produces no output (i.e. 0 bytes of output). There is a location within the program (of your choice: it could be at the ...
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Hide the Needle in the Haystack (Cops)

This is part of a cops-and-robbers challenge. Go here for the robbers' part. The Cops' Challenge You should write a program or function in a language of your choice, which outputs the string ...
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Is the matrix centrosymmetric… and so is the code?

Defintion A centrosymmetric matrix is a square matrix that is symmetric about its center. More rigorously, a matrix \$A\$ of size \$n \times n\$ is centrosymmetric if, for any \$i,\: j \in ([1, n] \...
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Prime Up your code

Input no input for this challenge The Challenge Write a code that outputs: The first 10 prime numbers whose sum of their digits equal the number of bytes of your code Examples Let's say your ...
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Hidden Inversions (Cops' Thread)

This is a cops-and-robbers puzzle the robbers' thread can be found here. Your task will be two write two programs (or functions) such that they are anagrams of each other and one performs the left ...
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Letter, Number, Symbol, Space, Repeat

There are 97 ASCII characters that people encounter on a regular basis. They fall into four categories: Letters (52 total) ...
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Double-time is not double time

Based on this challenge. In the rhythm game osu!, the difficulty modifier "Double-time" actually only increases the speed by 50%. Your task, is to write a program that outputs a positive even ...
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Jumblers vs Rebuilders: Coding with Tetris Bricks

In traditional Tetris, there are 7 distinct tetromino bricks, each denoted by a letter similar to its shape. ...
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Multiplication by Self-Modification

...at least for some definition of "self-modification". The Task In this challenge, your task is to write three strings A, B ...
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Figure and Ground

Source: Wikipedia For this challenge, you should write two programs which resemble the figure and ground of the above image, such that one of them prints figure ...
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One hundred passwords

I have one hundred vaults, each one within another. Each vault has a password, consisting of a single number. 95 43 81 89 56 89 57 67 7 45 34 34 78 88 14 40 81 23 26 78 46 8 ...
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Programming Tetris Blocks (Literally)

In the game Tetris, there are 7 types of bricks or Tetriminoes, which are mathematically known as tetrominoes because they are all made with 4 square segments: The have the names I, J, L, O, S, T, ...
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Inverse function

Wouldn't it be neat if programming functions could be inverted, just like the mathematical function they implement? Write a function (or program) that takes one input ...
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What did we forget?

Your task is to write a non-empty computer program comprised of some sequence of bytes. If we choose a particular byte in the program and remove all instances of it from the program, the modified ...
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Write A Program That Outputs Its Mirror Level

There are 95 printable ASCII characters: !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ[\]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~ In the ...
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Build a twisted “Hello world!”

Your job is quite simple, write a program that prints Hello, world!, that when twisted creates a program that prints Twister!. ...
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Join N copies of a snippet to produce N^2 characters

Challenge Write the shortest snippet of code possible such that, when N copies of it are concatenated together, the number of characters output is N2. N will be a positive integer. For example if ...
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Beatles Songs and Hexagons

Write two triangle (i.e. pyramid) shaped programs. The first one should be an upwards pointing text triangle with a minimum base width of three characters. So it would have a structure like ...
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Concatenative counting

Your challenge is to write N snippets of code such that, when you concatenate the first K ≥ 1 together, they produce the number K. The higher N, the better. Here's the catch: you may not use any ...
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Take a stand against long quine lines

or: Build a vertical quine Inspired by Take a stand against long lines. Your task is to build a vertical quine with as short a line length as possible. Scoring Shortest line length (excluding ...
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Make a Geiger Counter

A Geiger counter is a device that is used to detect radiation. We will be making a Geiger counter program. As we all know, when radiation hits a computer program it removes exactly 1 byte at random. ...
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Program your favorite phrase

Pick a quote or phrase that is exactly 5 words long, such as Programming puzzles and code golf!. Write a program that, when appended to itself n times, outputs the ...
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Source Code Metamorphosis

mbomb007 asked us to make a self mutilating program. Its an interesting challenge, but I personally don't like to encourage my programs to be self-mutilating. I like to think that, at the heart of ...
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Radioactive Quines

A radioactive quine is a quine-like program that has an even number of characters and, when run, outputs itself with exactly half of its characters removed. The output itself may be a radioactive ...
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Hyper about quines

Inspired by Hyperprogramming: N+N, N×N, N^N all in one. Thanks to @MartinEnder and @trichoplax for their help in the sandbox. Definitions Hyperquines Define a hyperquine of order n as a quine-...
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Create a rotating quine

A rotation of a string is made by splitting a string into two pieces and reversing their order, for example "world! Hello," is a rotation of ...
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Shape Identifying Program

Your task is to build a program that identifies the shape of the input. The shapes to be identified can be any of the following: Square To be identified as a square, the source must have lines of ...
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Detect Perfect Pairings

Let's have a function \$f\$ that takes a string and removes all pairs of adjacent identical characters. For example \$f(a\color{red}{bb}ba\color{red}{cc}) = aba\$ Note that when two pairs overlap ...