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Thursday Code Puzzler: Self Replicating Program

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Thursday is code puzzler day here at DZone. The idea is simple: solve the coding problem as efficiently as you can, in any language or framework that you find suitable.

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Write a Self Replicating Program

Without using file reading/copying, write a program that will create a copy of itself (with a new random name) on the file system

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Claude Lalyre replied on Thu, 2012/12/20 - 9:18am

Beware of Java viruses with such challenge...

Matt Cholick replied on Thu, 2012/12/20 - 11:29pm


def p = '''
@Grab(group='commons-lang', module='commons-lang', version='2.4') import static org.apache.commons.lang.RandomStringUtils.randomAlphanumeric
File file = new File("${randomAlphanumeric(8)}.groovy").write(p)
new GroovyShell(new Binding([p: "def p = ${"'"*3}${p}${"'"*3}; ${p.readLines()[3]}"])).evaluate(p.readLines()[0..2].join(';') as String)
'''; new GroovyShell(new Binding([p: "def p = ${"'"*3}${p}${"'"*3}; ${p.readLines()[3]}"])).evaluate(p.readLines()[0..2].join(';') as String)

The comment block messes with newline a bit, it's easier to read on Github: https://gist.github.com/4350645

Hari Ravula replied on Fri, 2012/12/21 - 4:46am in response to: Matt Cholick

public class SelfPrinting {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		String str = "public class SelfPrinting {\n\tpublic static void main(String[] args) {\n\t\tString str = \"%s\";" +
		"\n\t\tSystem.out.printf(str, str, str);\n\t}\n}";
		System.out.printf(str, str, str);

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