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A procedure from the bag of utilities used by Jeff Hobbs. Given an integer number it finds the smallest square greater than the input. A possible application for this is when a discrete number of items have to be displayed in a table. Using this returns the number of columns/rows for the table to fit all items.

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# get_square_size --
#   gets the minimum square size for an input
# Arguments:
#   num		number
# Returns:
#   returns smallest square size that would fit number
#
proc get_square_size num {
    set i 1
    while {($i*$i) < $num} { incr i }
    return $i
}

1 comment

Keith Vetter 18 years ago  # | flag

Simpler version. Why not just:

proc get_square_size {num} {
  return [expr {int(sqrt($num))}]
}
Created by andreas kupries on Wed, 21 Aug 2002 (MIT)
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