I was just wondering, how would you write a for loop to decode a String by trying every possible combination of numbers/letters? eg. Something like that I guess. I'm still trying to figure out this problem. Can anybody help me or give me any hints? Am I doing this totally wrong? Thanks -Chris [ April 03, 2002: Message edited by: Chris Pocock ]

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The algorithm from that link that was in that guys post didn't look like it would help me out... I edited my original post to make the code better (I was in a rush before). I'm still (very) open to any help . Thanks heaps -Chris

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I thought those algorithms were almost spot on for what you're trying to do (brute force approach). If you look at a definition of what a permutation is (it's been 10 or so years so I did Mathematics so I had to look it up): http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.comb.perm.html Those algorithm's will return you the possible values in a permutation (given the right input). Ok, as I said my math is a little out but Ill give it a shot anyway. Lets say you have a "password" of length 5, that can be any combination of "lowercase letters" and numbers (ie. a..z 0..9) So the number of possible permutations of that password is: 36_P_5 = 36! / (36 - 5)! = 45,239,040 My understanding that those algorithms posted would actually return in each iteration a particular set of values. In the above case there would be ~45 Million iterations. Please feel free to flame if my Math is incorrect.

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Ok I had to try it for myself:

You should get output: Your password was js1, guessed after 11314 tries [ April 04, 2002: Message edited by: james swan ]

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