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rbruinier/AdventOfCode 2021
Solutions for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
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Advent of Code

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Links to the solutions:

  • 2022 - finished on 25-12-2022 (runs in 121.72 seconds)
  • 2021 - finished on 25-12-2021 (runs in 33.50 seconds)
  • 2020 - finished on 15-01-2022 (runs in 12.29 seconds)
  • 2019 - finished on 02-02-2022 (runs in 4.71 seconds)
  • 2018 - work in progress; day 1 to 13 finished
  • 2017 - finished on 31-12-2022 (runs in 18.89 seconds)
  • 2016 - finished on 20-11-2022 (runs in 83.53 seconds)
  • 2015 - finished on 20-02-2022 (runs in 4.99 seconds)

Timing is done on a 2021 M1 Pro with 32 GB RAM.

3rd party frameworks

  • Swift Collections: For the Deque type allowing for faster popping of first elements from collections (vs arrays).
  • Swift-BigInt: for day 22 of 2019.

Custom Tools


Manipulating strings in Swift is pretty slow because of unicode support. AsciiString uses one byte per character and allows for much better performance when accessing elements and iterating characters. For AoC we only need Ascii support anyway.

On UInt8 some static vars are available with ascii values for common characters used in AoC.

String Extensions

  • asAsciiArray -> [UInt8]: Converts string to ascii values in byte array.
  • allLines(includeEmpty: Bool = false) -> [String] -> Returns all lines in the String as an array of Strings.
  • parseCommaSeparatedInts(filterInvalid: Bool = true) -> [Int]: Turns a comma separated integer list into an array of integers.
  • getCapturedValues -> [String]?: All captures regex values into an array of Strings.


In older AoC challenges md5 is often needed.

  1. There is the slow md5AsHex function available to return a hash as a hex string.
  2. md5AsBytes is faster as it does not convert the resulting hash to a string but instead returns the raw bytes.

Predictable Randomness

Use SeededRandomNumberGenerator to generate predictable random numbers.


Use the Direction for north, east, south and west navigation.

  • left gives the direction when turning 90 degrees left
  • right gives the direction when turning 90 degrees right
  • opposite gives the direction when turning 180 degrees


Use the Point2D type for storing 2D integer coordinates.

  • x and y are the coordinates
  • moved(to: Direction, steps: Int = 1) will move the coordinates in the given direction, with the given number of steps. For example x = 3, y = 5 move to .right with 3 steps will result in x = 6, y = 5.
  • neighbors will give the four neighboring coordinates of the current Point2D (in the north, east, south, west direction).
  • Various operators +, -, *, +=, -= and *= are available.


Same as Point3D but expanded to 3 dimensions: x, y and z.

Currently does not have much more functionality. Can be expanded when needed.

Data Structures

Looped Linked List Set

Generic LoopedLinkedListSet is a not yet fully realized (but functional enough) looped linked list for unique values.


A type to store elements and edges of a graph.


The BFS type wraps two solvers using the BFS algorithm.

  • visitAllElements(in: WeightedGraph, startingAtIndex: Int, returnToStart: Bool) tries to visit all elements in a WeightedGraph at least once with the shortest possible path.
  • shortestPathInGrid(grid: some BFSGrid, from: Point2D, to: Point2D) will try to find the shortest possible path between two points in a 2D grid. It is up to the caller to implement the BFSGrid protocol so that it can provide available neighbors for a point in the grid.

Array & ArraySlice Extensions

  • mostCommonElement -> Element: finds most common element in an array
  • leastCommonElement -> Element: finds the least common element in an array
  • negate & negated: Toggle all boolean elements in a Bool Array
  • combinationsWithoutRepetition(length: Int) -> [[Element]]: returns all combinations of length elements of an array, for example [1,2,3,4,5], length 4 = [[1, 2, 3, 4], [1, 2, 3, 5], [1, 2, 4, 5], [1, 3, 4, 5], [2, 3, 4, 5]]
  • permutations -> [[Element]]: Returns all permutations of an array using the heap algorithm.
  • subsets(minLength: Int, maxLength: Int) -> [[Element]]: Returns all subsets of given lengths of an array.


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