CycleDetection 2.0.0

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#r "nuget: CycleDetection, 2.0.0"
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// Install CycleDetection as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=CycleDetection&version=2.0.0

// Install CycleDetection as a Cake Tool
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This is a fork of Daniel Bradley's C# implementation of the Tarjan cycle detection algorithm.

IOW: You can use this library to sort dependencies and even handle cyclic references. e.g. to compile stuff in the right order.

I found it to be quite useful but I didn't like how one had to manually setup the dependency vertices. (It also supports custom comparers now.)

So I moved the original code into the Core sub namespace and wrote a class that allows to setup dependencies using a simple lambda expression.

The easiest way to use it is to install the nuget package.

This example shows a case in which A depends on B, B depends on C but C depends on A. Thus creating a cyclic dependency. There's also D which depends on B.

// A→B
// ↑ ↓
// └─C

var graph = new[]
  new{Value ="D", DependsOn = "B"},
  new{Value ="A", DependsOn = "B"},
  new{Value ="B", DependsOn = "C"},
  new{Value ="C", DependsOn = "A"},

var components = graph.DetectCyclesUsingKey(
    s => s.Value,
    s => s.DependsOn);

Assert.AreEqual(2, components.Count); // 1 cycle + D
Assert.AreEqual(1, components.IndependentComponents().Count()); // only D is outside the cycle
Assert.AreEqual(1, components.Cycles().Count()); // 1 cycle
Assert.AreEqual(3, components[0].Count); // the cycle has 3 components
Assert.AreEqual("D", components[1].Single().Value); // D is after the cycle, because it depends on it

I also added a way to merge cyclic dependencies into a single entity. Which is probably not that interesting for most. However, I use it to have a merged assembly from every cycle of interconnected Jars when I compile them using IKVMC. And have that merged assembly name as the reference for the other Jar-assemblies.

var mergedGraph = components.MergeCyclicDependencies((cycle, getMerged) => new
                    Value = cycle.Contents.OrderBy(t => t.Value)
                                          .Aggregate("", (r, c) => r + "-" + c.Value).TrimStart('-'),
                    DependsOn = (from d in cycle.Dependencies
                                 select (getMerged(d) ?? d.Single()).Value).SingleOrDefault()


{ Value = "A-B-C", DependsOn = null } -> the name reflects all included items
{ Value = "D", DependsOn = "A-B-C" } -> D now references the new name (thx to "getMerged")

Original Readme:

Just decided to put together a c# project for an implementation of the Tarjan cycle detection algorithm as I can't seem to find any out there already.

The original code for this was posted on stackoverflow by user623879.

Hope this is useful!

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