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# Generate alphabet combination

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I was just trying to come up with a small Scala function that would do the alphabet combination for me. Something like we have in Excel as the column headers:

The call would be:

Is there a much simpler way?

Joe Harry
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My solution only gives me from a to zz. I would like to rather have it a to abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. I guess I might have to do a small tweak!

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Joe Harry wrote:I would like to rather have it a to abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.

That seems like an odd stopping point...akin to saying "I want numbers from 0 to 123456789" why don't you want to go to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?

Joe Harry
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I want to have it like this:

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hi Joe,

well, I tried to use as many functions as I could think of, but a decent classical while-loop
would be a lot easier...

But maybe someone can vastly improve on this code:

Greetz,
Piet

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There are many ways to generate sequences. I would use haskell'ish style to do that:

This code creates an unbounded sequence of strings. You can adapt this code to generate sequences of limited length. In this case you would not need any laziness tricks.

 Consider Paul's rocket mass heater.