ROT13 in F#

Over on his blog, Andrei Formiga has a series of post on implementing ROT13 in F# and Haskell.


I like is implementation using library functions that don’t yet exist in F#, such as drop and zip. Here is the implementation itself, stripped of the extra library functions he had to implement, for the original see the above links.



let rot13 s =
    let letters = ['a' .. 'z']
    let transp = zip letters ((drop 13 letters) @ (take 13 letters))
    let rotchar c = List.assoc c transp
    strmap rotchar s


The clever bit of this implementation is on the 4th line where he uses the functions drop and take to create a rotated list and the function zip to a map between that and the original letter list. While this is an interesting way of implementing this I think there is a way to do this without the need to define extra library functions. So here is my implementation, the same number of lines but more characters!



let rot13 (s : string) =    

    let letters = ['a' .. 'z']

    let transp = letters |> List.mapi (fun i l -> l, List.nth letters ((i + 13) % 26))    

    let rotchar c = List.assoc c transp

    new string(s.ToCharArray() |> rotchar)


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Print | posted @ Wednesday, December 27, 2006 7:05 AM

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