ROT13 (“rotate by 13 places“, sometimes hyphenated ROT-13) is a simple substitution cipher used in online forums as a means of hiding spoilers, punchlines, puzzle solutions, and offensive materials from the casual glance. ROT13 has been described as the “Usenet equivalent of a magazine printing the answer to a quiz upside down”.ROT13 is an example of the Caesar cipher, developed in ancient Rome. (Wikipedia)
Applying ROT13 to a piece of text merely requires examining its alphabetic characters and replacing each one by the letter 13 places further along in the alphabet, wrapping back to the beginning if necessary. A becomes N, B becomes O, and so on up to M, which becomes Z, then the sequence continues at the beginning of the alphabet: N becomes A, O becomes B, and so on to Z, which becomes M. Only those letters which occur in the English alphabet are affected; numbers, symbols, whitespace, and all other characters are left unchanged. Because there are 26 letters in the English alphabet and 26 = 2 × 13, the ROT13 function is its own inverse. (Wikipedia)
Write a function that takes a string and returns the ROT13 version of the string; you may assume that the character set is ascii. What is the meaning of “Cebtenzzvat Cenkvf vf sha!” .
The transition table for rot13:
Examples of transitions:
|Smoke on the water||Fzbxr ba gur jngre|
Initially I wanted to resolve the challenge in a functional programming language. Given the fact that my Haskell skills are very low, I’ve tried to write a functional approach in python . The results… lesser readability, fewer lines of code & fewer minutes:
from string import letters, lowercase, uppercase
llist = lambda let : [[let[x], let[(x + num) % numlet]] for x in range(numlet)]
shifted = dict(llist(uppercase) + llist(lowercase))
return "".join([shifted[s] if s in letters else s for s in text])
if __name__ == '__main__':
print get_shifted("Cebtenzzvat Cenkvf vf sha!")
And the output:
Programming Praxis is fun!