Hey! Roomie isn’t dead either!

After completely rewriting FRI from scratch (and renaming it Arcadia), I have decided to rewrite my other big project, Roomie.  This absolutely needed to be done.  Roomie had some good functionality, but I had hit the limit for its extensibility.  Roomie’s engine was a monolithic blob of ugly code, with very little room to make it into a full scripting language with features like custom functions and if statements.  My redesign of Roomie, which I call RoomieRemake for now, is completely expandable, is properly multithreaded, and has all of the potential to be a robust, featurefull scripting language.  Just like Arcadia, I am proud to declare that RoomieRemake shares absolutely no code with its predecessor.  Not even a single copy/pasted line of code!  More on that in a bit, but first an end scenario:
Roomie Text Message

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Pi Calculator

Everyone loves π!  I was bored today, so obviously I got the urge to make a program to calculate it.  (Who doesn’t, right?)  A friend of mine has hacked one together in Java, but I feel the need to show him how it’s done in C#.  There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition after all.  Bring it on! :-)

The first challenge was to figure out how to calculate π.  I came up with this website.  I decided to use “Gregory’s Formula” at the bottom of the page, which is an alternating series.

Here’s what I saw on the website:
basic concept

So that means that…
intermediate equation

and finally…
magical equation of awesome

The last equation is just the calculus version of the first one.  In either way the basic pattern is that I start with 1/1, subtract 1/3, add 1/5, and so on.  Then at whatever point I want multiply that resulting summation by 4 to get an approximation of π.  The fun part is translating that into code.

So what does that look like in code? Well, I made a whole PiCalculator class, but this is the part that runs over and over:
startCalculating method

And whenever Pi is requested, it just multiplies aFourh by 4.
pi accessor

That’s the basic idea.  There’s more code to initiate the calculation process (and run it on a separate thread), a bunch of accessors so that the main program can get information to display, and finally there’s code to actually display all of the information.

When the program is first opened it looks like this:
inital view

It’s calculating π in the background, but for performance sake it only shows the user the values when the “Update” button or enter is pressed.
after 30 seconds

After 30 seconds it has more pi than any sane person would care about.

One thing I had to look out for was numbers that were too extreme.  Eventually that fraction that is being added and subtracted in the summation is going to be rounded to zero, so I account for that in the code, stopping the calculations in that event.  As you can see, though, even with my computer’s Intel Core 2 Quad Q660, I would have to run this program for several years to have that happen.

So this was a fun little project.  Feel free to try it out for yourself!

Download the executable here

Download the C# source code here