When manipluating pixels of costumes - I regularly convert the pixel list into a 2D matrix
e.g a simple 2x2 red green blue white costume
When I'm finished processing, I need to convert back to a standard pixel list and I use flatten to do that
But flatten does a deep flatten (ravel in APL speak) so it ends up like this
when we need this
So I reshape it using
All works but it's a two stage process and you have to work out the length of the pixel list required to use the reshape
Anyway, I decided to make my own "shallow" flatten block but I always like to shorten the block labels as much as I can ...
Which one of these would you prefer to see as a "shallow" flatten reporter compared to the standard flatten reporter that does a deep flatten
Or have you got your own alternative suggestion
I vote for the 'mild' adjective because the rest of them are all 2-syllables long.
I vote for "shallow" because that's the official term everyone understands. (Although in some systems "flatten" by itself means a shallow flatten and you say "deep flatten" if that's what you want.) We don't have a shallow-flatten primitive because you can say
to get that result.
Are you proposing a new primitive, or just asking for advice about your own projects?
I was asking about what people thought about using a name other than shallow.
Lots of other reporters are shallow ones but none of them use the name.
Shallow doesn't grab me so I was looking to come up with something more appealing.
Simple is a compromise - mild is just nice and short but less computing like
FYI I'm calling this in my custom reporter
but if using append input list works at a similar speed then I may as well use that
APPEND is a little different because it requires that its inputs be lists.
That's not a real issue - I'm only trying to flatten lists.
It's more whether if someone saw append input list with just the one variable attached to it - would they guess that it does a shallow flatten?
I don't think its obvious that it would so I might stick to declaring a custom reporter (but that can call the append input list instead of the JS)
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