Best way to test predicate against a range
Jonathan M Davis
jmdavisprog at gmail.com
Sat Jun 26 19:10:37 PDT 2010
Okay. The functions in std.algorithm are quite powerful, but sometimes you have
to play around with them a bit to figure out how to do exactly what you're trying
to do. Sometimes it's a matter of figuring out exactly which algorithm really
does what you want, and sometimes it's a matter of figuring out how to contort
one of them to do what you want.
For example, there are two functions that I'd like to be have: all() and any().
That is, I want a function which checks a predicate against a range and returns
whether all elements in that range satisfy the predicate, and I want a function
that checks a predicate against a range and returns whether any element satisfies
the predicate. Ideally, all() would shortcut if it found even one element which
didn't satisfy the predicate, and any() would shortcut if it found even one that
did.
From the looks of it, canFind() is essentially any(), so that new addition to
std.algorithm should deal with that. Previously, the best that I could figure out
was to use find() for that and check whether the returned range was empty, which
wasn't as efficient or elegant. So, that's a nice addition to phobos.
The problem is all(). I can't find any function which seems to effectively do
all(). The best that I can think of is to use canFind() with a negated
predicate, so if it returns true, it found an element which satisfied the
negation of the predicate and therefore didn't satisfy the predicate. However,
ideally, I'd be able to give a function the exact predicate that I'm looking for
without having to contort the predicate to be able to use the function that I
want. It feels like I'm dealing with only a || and I don't have a &&.
Is there a function in phobos which can't be used as an all(), and I'm just
missing it, or is there at least a better solution than using canFind() with a
negated predicate, or is canFind() with a negated predicate the best that there
is at the moment?
- Jonathan M Davis
P.S. By the time that std.algorithm is completed, I suspect that it would be
possible to write a small book on the myriad of ways to use it. It's extremely
powerful and not really all that hard to use, but sometimes it takes a fair bit
of thinking (for me at least) to figure out which function to use to do
something. Hopefully I get better at it with time at least.
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