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# Conway's Game of Life/C

Conway's Game of Life/C is part of Conway's Game of Life. You may find other members of Conway's Game of Life at Category:Conway's Game of Life.

I wrote functions that can be used in a rather general way.

`#define CELL(I,J) (field[size*(I)+(J)])#define ALIVE(I,J) t[size*(I)+(J)] = 1#define DEAD(I,J)  t[size*(I)+(J)] = 0 int count_alive(const char *field, int i, int j, int size){   int x, y, a=0;   for(x=i-1; x <= (i+1) ; x++)   {      for(y=j-1; y <= (j+1) ; y++)      {         if ( (x==i) && (y==j) ) continue;         if ( (y<size) && (x<size) &&              (x>=0)   && (y>=0) )         {              a += CELL(x,y);         }      }   }   return a;} void evolve(const char *field, char *t, int size){   int i, j, alive, cs;   for(i=0; i < size; i++)   {      for(j=0; j < size; j++)      {         alive = count_alive(field, i, j, size);         cs = CELL(i,j);         if ( cs )         {            if ( (alive > 3) || ( alive < 2 ) )                DEAD(i,j);            else                ALIVE(i,j);         } else {            if ( alive == 3 )                ALIVE(i,j);            else                DEAD(i,j);         }      }   }}`

The function evolve needs a buffer where to store the result, and this buffer must be provided by the user calling the function. An example of usage to test the blinker and the glider is the following.

`#include <stdio.h> /* some additional header needed to use the function evolve provided   previously, or just copy/paste the given code here */ #define BLINKER_SIZE 3#define BLINKER_GEN 3char small_blinker[] = {      0,0,0,      1,1,1,      0,0,0};char temp_blinker[BLINKER_SIZE*BLINKER_SIZE]; #define FIELD_SIZE 45#define FIELD_GEN 175char field[FIELD_SIZE * FIELD_SIZE];char temp_field[FIELD_SIZE*FIELD_SIZE]; /* set the cell i,j as alive */#define SCELL(I,J) field[FIELD_SIZE*(I)+(J)] = 1 void dump_field(const char *f, int size){   int i;   for (i=0; i < (size*size); i++)   {      if ( (i % size) == 0 ) printf("\n");      printf("%c", f[i] ? 'X' : '.');   }   printf("\n");}  int main(int argc, char **argv){    int i;    char *fa, *fb, *tt, op;     /* fast and dirty selection option */    if ( argc > 1 )    {       op = *argv[1];    } else {       op = 'b';    }     switch ( op )    {      case 'B':      case 'b':        /* blinker test */        fa = small_blinker;        fb = temp_blinker;        for(i=0; i< BLINKER_GEN; i++)        {           dump_field(fa, BLINKER_SIZE);           evolve(fa, fb, BLINKER_SIZE);           tt = fb; fb = fa; fa = tt;        }        return 0;      case 'G':      case 'g':        for(i=0; i < (FIELD_SIZE*FIELD_SIZE) ; i++) field[i]=0;        /* prepare the glider */                     SCELL(0, 1);                                  SCELL(1, 2);        SCELL(2, 0); SCELL(2, 1); SCELL(2, 2);        /* evolve */        fa = field;        fb = temp_field;        for (i=0; i < FIELD_GEN; i++)        {           dump_field(fa, FIELD_SIZE);           evolve(fa, fb, FIELD_SIZE);           tt = fb; fb = fa; fa = tt;        }        return 0;      default:        fprintf(stderr, "no CA for this\n");        break;    }    return 1;}`

The blinker output (reformatted) is simply:

```...  .X.  ...
XXX  .X.  XXX
...  .X.  ...
```