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How I refactored maze generating Python code and used advanced class features

How I refactored maze generating Python code and used advanced class features

Previously, I have created a maze generating code while learning Python. Later I enhanced it with animation and marking special cells. All of it was done in rush, to solve the problem. Now I spent some time improving the quality of the code by encapsulating code into classes, using “private” methods and fields and separating concerns. The exact steps I took can be viewed in the GitHub repository or read here.

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Recursive Backtracker maze – more features and animation with Matplotlib and Python

Recursive Backtracker maze – more features and animation with Matplotlib and Python

In the previous post, I generated a simple maze. I wasn’t sure the algorithm worked as intended unless I debugged or animated it. I chose the second option. I also added marking the beginning and end of the maze quest.

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Maze generation algorithm in Python – drawing and arrays

Maze generation algorithm in Python – drawing and arrays

There are plenty of maze generation algorithms, some are described here and here. I decided to use one to learn some Python. I chose Recursive Backtracker. You can find longer descriptions in both links, but briefly:

  • choose a random cell in the maze
  • walk in a random direction
  • when there is no possibility to walk farther, go back (backtrack) to find the first cell from which it is possible to proceed
  • the algorithm ends when there is no possibility to move from any cell

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Programming paradigms in JavaScript – callbacks, Promise, async/await, promisify, functional Ramda and reactive RxJS

Programming paradigms in JavaScript – callbacks, Promise, async/await, promisify, functional Ramda and reactive RxJS

As a quick exercise, I wanted to read all URLs from my page’s sitemap instead of crawling the site. Just after I added a nested callback I decided to apply the Single Responsibility Principle and convert calls to Promises. Later I experimented with async/await and automatic conversion with Node’s promisify. Finally, I rewrote the solution in functional style using Ramda and reactive using RxJS. Read on to follow the evolution of callbacks in JavaScript.

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