Last December I wrote a post about old backups and the challenges of being able to recover content/files/pictures or whatever from backups made years ago. I mentioned in that post that I was looking for an old programming project where I had written the Simplex algorithm in C. I was very pleased with that code way back then (late 80s) and I wished I had saved a copy to see if I could even understand it today. Well, I found a working Zip drive and I ran all my zip cartridges through the drive and I found an old directory called simplex and it contained the original C code!
Not a big deal to anyone on the planet except me. It was just a beautiful piece of code that worked exactly as written and solved a large math problem for me. When the same data sets were run with my program and a program from Stanford written in FORTRAN, we got the same answer on multiple trial runs. The program implemented the Simplex algorithm in a beautiful fashion and it used dynamic memory allocation and lots of pointers to implement the algorithm in a simple fashion. I was mighty proud of that program.
Soooo, I’m just excited to have this from a time when I was a good C programmer and I understand some advanced math concepts. Plus it paid off to just keep looking and not giving up on those zip disks.
No one cares but me, but I wanted to share this anyway. Remind me to tell you about the programming contest we held at work to navigate a blind mouse through 50 mazes in the shortest number of steps…