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   Game of Life: an XSLT implementation

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Hi Folks,

I have implemented the Game of Life[1] using XSLT.

It's kinda neat!  It nicely demonstrates some aspects of complex systems
such as evolution, attractors and feedback.

For example, here is a simple starting configuration (a filled-in square
means it's a live cell, an empty square means it's a dead cell):


After applying the rules of Life once, the configuration evolves to


Then, after applying the rules of Life to that output (i.e., feedback),
the configuration evolves to this:


Below I chronicle the configuration's evolution.  It settles into a
repeating pattern when it gets to the sixth iteration (the pattern
alternates between configuration 5 and 6 indefinitely).  These two
states represents an "attractor".


Each configuration is represented as an XML document.  Here is the
initial configuration:


Here is the stylesheet which applies the Life rules, and produces the
next configuration:


Here is a stylesheet which creates a graphical image of a configuration:


Many thanks to Tom Passin, Len Bullard, Didier Martin and Bob Foster for
their excellent suggestions and insight!


[1] http://www.math.com/students/wonders/life/life.html


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