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categories: Apr,2009,WilhelmW,OsamuA,ArnoldR

99 Bottles of Beer

You know the song:

    99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall.

    98 bottles of beer on the wall, 98 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 97 bottles of beer on the wall.

    97 bottles of beer on the wall, 97 bottles of beer. Take one down and pass it around, 96 bottles of beer on the wall.


But how do you code it? Here's Wilhelm Weske's version. It is kind of fun but its a little hard to read:

#!/usr/bin/awk -f

       split( \
       "no mo"\
       "o mor"\
       "Take "\
      "one dow"\
     "n and pas"\
    "s it around"\
   ", xGo to the "\
  "store and buy s"\
  "ome more, x bot"\
  "tlex of beerx o"\
  "n the wall" , s,\
  "x"); for( i=99 ;\
  i>=0; i--){ s[0]=\
  s[2] = i ; print \
  s[2 + !(i) ] s[8]\
  s[4+ !(i-1)] s[9]\
  s[10]", " s[!(i)]\
  s[8] s[4+ !(i-1)]\
  s[0] = 99; print \
  s[8] s[4 +!(i-2)]\
  s[9]s[10] ".\n";}}

Osamu Aoki has a more maintainable version. Note how all the screen I/O is localized via functions that return strings, rather than printing straight to the screen. This is very useful for maintaince purposes or including code as libraries into other Awk programs.

   for(i = 99; i >= 0; i--) {
      print ubottle(i), "on the wall,", lbottle(i) "."
      print action(i), lbottle(inext(i)), "on the wall."
function ubottle(n) {
   return \ 
     sprintf("%s bottle%s of beer", n ? n : "No more", n - 1 ? "s" : "")
function lbottle(n) {
   return \
     sprintf("%s bottle%s of beer", n ? n : "no more", n - 1 ? "s" : "")
function action(n) {
   return \
      sprintf("%s", n ? "Take one down and pass it around," : \
                         "Go to the store and buy some more,")
function inext(n) {
   return n ? n - 1 : 99

Osamu's version is very similar to how it'd be done in C or other languages and it does not take full advantage of Awk's features. So Arnold Robbins wrote a third version that is more data driven. Most of the work is done in a pre-processor and the actual runtime just dumps text decided before the run. This solution might take more time (to do the setup) but it does allow for the simple switching of the interface (just change the last 10 lines).

        # Setup
        take = "Take one down, pass it around"
        buy = "Go to the store and buy some more"

        Instruction[0] = buy
        Next[0] = 99
        Count[0, 1] = "No more"
        Count[0, 0] = "no more"

        for (i = 99; i >= 1; i--) {
                Instruction[i] = take
                Next[i] = i - 1
                Count[i, 0] = Count[i, 1] = (i "")
                Bottles[i] = "bottles"
        Bottles[1] = "bottle"
        Bottles[0] = "bottles"
        # Execution
        for (i = 99; i >= 0; i--) {
                printf("%s %s of beer on the wall, %s %s of beer.\n",
                        Count[i, 1],
                        Count[i, 0],
                printf("%s, %s %s of beer on the wall.\n\n",
                        Count[Next[i], 0],

I'll drink to that.

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