We use cookies to ensure you have the best browsing experience on our website. Please read our cookie policy for more information about how we use cookies.

HackerRank tells you all you need to know about the input, so it's a completely different situation from an arbitrary CLI. This approach works for the type of problems on this particular site, and for the typical use case where input comes from a terminating program or a file.

It actually won't run forever because of a handy thing called EOF.

I'm a Haskell newbie and reading input data is the most difficult part of the problem for me. I don't see where your code structures the input data into the "grouping" required in this task.

I mean, how is the function "run" (if I understood at least that part) supposed to get T, and then, for 1..T, the value of N and the list of (x,y) as required for this problem? (I understand that we could simply "skip" the initial T but then (until EOF is reached) definitely need to get the N in order to know how many lines (x,y) we must read -- where am I wrong?)

I'm keen to switch from imperative to functional programming, but as far as the "I/O" is concerned, the problem statement "there are T test cases and for each test case..." already contains the declarative "for". And I'd like to write a function that receives a vector of N pairs (x,y), but how to get there without doing "for i in 1..N: read [x, y] and append to the list L" ?

## Functions or Not?

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Return to all comments →

That's still ugly, IMO. Here's my runner:

From run, you can just work with pure functions like the Haskell gods intended.

how do you know how many lines to read? In a situation where a user is inputting a variable set of inputs, would this work?

If you run this it will just ask for inputs forever.

also, I think that you don't need to define your own read if your run function has a definition

`run :: [Int] -> [String]`

HackerRank tells you all you need to know about the input, so it's a completely different situation from an arbitrary CLI. This approach works for the type of problems on this particular site, and for the typical use case where input comes from a terminating program or a file.

It actually won't run forever because of a handy thing called EOF.

Nice idea about the type sig, though.

how would you write

on one line?

I'm a Haskell newbie and reading input data is the most difficult part of the problem for me. I don't see where your code structures the input data into the "grouping" required in this task.

I mean, how is the function "run" (if I understood at least that part) supposed to get T, and then, for 1..T, the value of N and the list of (x,y) as required for this problem? (I understand that we could simply "skip" the initial T but then (until EOF is reached) definitely need to get the N in order to know how many lines (x,y) we must read -- where am I wrong?)

I'm keen to switch from imperative to functional programming, but as far as the "I/O" is concerned, the problem statement "there are T test cases and for each test case..." already contains the declarative "for". And I'd like to write a function that receives a vector of N pairs (x,y), but how to get there without doing "for i in 1..N: read [x, y] and append to the list L" ?