### This blog post is a work in progress

Project website: Advent of Code 2019.

Previous years: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

I use Perl for all the solutions.

Most assume the input data is in a file called `input.txt`

in the same
directory as the file.

#### A note on scoring

I score my problems to mark where I’ve finished a solution myself or given up and looked for hints. A score of 2 means I solved both the daily problems myself, a score of 1 means I looked up a hint for one of the problems, and a zero score means I didn’t solve any of the problems myself.

My goals for this year (in descending order of priority):

- get 38 stars or more (75%)
- solve all problems within 24 hours of release

Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 - Day 5 - Day 6 - Day 7

#### Day 1 - The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation

A nice and simple problem to kick off this year.

Score: 2

#### Day 2 - 1202 Program Alarm

An earlier appearance of register rodeo than expected! I think we’ll see more of this going forward.

Score: 2

#### Day 3 - Crossed Wires

This took longer than it had to. I messed up adding the paths, and only managed to get the correct answer to part 1 by chance. Once I plotted the example data I could correct the code, then add the logic for part 2.

I’m not entirely happy with the duplicated direction subroutines. Some people have used complex numbers to simplify this but that would require a separate Perl module to implement.

Score: 2.

#### Day 4 - Secure Container

I blanked on this one and dreaded combinatorics. Turns out brute force
is eminently doable. Credits to
/u/andreyrmg
in the daily solutions thread, and `A_D`

and `sim642`

in the IRC
channels for help in inspiration.

I still think my solution is my own though (and pretty Perlish), so full score today.

Score: 2.

#### Day 5 - Sunny with a Chance of Asteroids

After struggling with the convoluted problem description I was pleasantly surprised to find my code ran flawlessly first try. I still have some niggling issues with the test data, and need to clear that up before the inevitable next `intcode`

problem.

Score: 2.

#### Day 6 - Universal Orbit Map

I bailed on this one and sought inspiration in the daily solutions subreddit. Credit in source!

Score: 0.

#### Day 7 - Amplification Circuit

A tough, but fun one. There were a lot of subtleties in the second part, and I got some pointers from the subreddit.

I got the chance to clean up my `intcode`

implementation, and learned a new facet of Perl.

Score: 2.