January 06
"IsItThere ?" is a small tool that generates perfect hash sets.
Its results are formatted as ready to use D code.

I initially created it for Coedit highlighter. In this version it's not anymore a simple script but a full command-line tool that's able to generate D code.

- Why ?

When you have a small and constant set of words it's not useful to use a hash set that's build at run-time.

- How ?

For a small set of words, probabilities exist that there's a hash function able to produce different results for each element (i.e always 0 or 1 element per bucket). IsItThere finds this hash function, using brute force and a PRNG. To be more exact, it doesn't find the hash function but rather the coefficients that produce the same results as this hypothetical function. Using coefficients is even faster than a real hash function since they are allocated in a static array.

- Links:

https://code.dlang.org/packages/isitthere
https://github.com/BBasile/IsItThere
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfect_hash_function
January 09
On Friday, 6 January 2017 at 23:27:54 UTC, Basile B. wrote:
> "IsItThere ?" is a small tool that generates perfect hash sets.

Important fix pushed today. Pull recommended if you've cloned !