Divide and Conquer
Described in one phrase, the histogram project is daunting; but
divided into numerous small steps, each of which we can take one at a
time, the project becomes less fearsome. Let us consider what the
steps must be:
- First, write a function to count the words in one definition. This
includes the problem of handling symbols as well as words.
- Second, write a function to list the number of words in each function
in a file. This function can use the
- Third, write a function to list the number of words in each function
in each of several files. This entails automatically finding the
various files, switching to them, and counting the words in the
definitions within them.
- Fourth, write a function to convert the list of numbers that we
created in step three to a form that will be suitable for printing as
- Fifth, write a function to print the results as a graph.
This is quite a project! But if we take each step slowly, it will not