From:
Jeff Schwab <jeff@schwabcenter.com>
Newsgroups:
comp.lang.c++
Date:
Fri, 20 Feb 2009 12:20:09 -0500
Message-ID:
<E4CdnTPRAKLXewPUnZ2dnUVZ_uOWnZ2d@giganews.com>
Zeppe wrote:

rh75691@gmail.com wrote [18/02/09 16:48]:

Hey guys,

I just need some help here, I kept on redoing this but still no luck.
I need to code an inverted pyramid:

******
****
**
*

// pyramid
#include <iostream>
int main() {
unsigned n = 60;
for(unsigned i = 0; i < n*(n+1)/2; ++i)
std::cout << (i%(n+1) == n ? '\n' : i%(n+1)-i/(n+1) < n-1-2*i/(n+1)
? '*' : ' ');
}

#include <algorithm>

template<int Width, char Fill ='*', char Space =' ', int Indent =0>
struct pyramid
{
template<class Output_iterator>
void operator()(Output_iterator out) {
using std::fill_n;
fill_n(out, Indent, Space);
fill_n(out, Width, Fill);
*out = '\n';
pyramid<Width - 2, Fill, Space, Indent + 1>( )(++out);
}
};

template<char Fill, char Space, int Indent>
struct pyramid<0, Fill, Space, Indent>
{
template<class Output_iterator>
void operator()(Output_iterator) { }
};

template<char Fill, char Space, int Indent>
struct pyramid<-1, Fill, Space, Indent>: pyramid<0, Fill, Space, Indent>
{ };

#include <iostream>
#include <iterator>

int main() {
pyramid<61>( )(std::ostream_iterator<char>( std::cout ));
}

// nuke!!
#include <iostream>
int main() {
unsigned n = 60;
for(unsigned i = 0; i < n*(n+1); ++i)
std::cout << (i%(n+1) == n ? '\n' : i%(n+1)-i/(n+1) < n-1-2*i/(n+1)
? '*' : ' ');
}

That's amusing. :)

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