Josephus' Circle

Here is my solution to the latest code contest from The Daily WTF Programming Praxis: Josephus’ Circle.

What I like about this solution is that it represents in code, how the problem is actually carried out in real life. The soldiers are counted off one by one.

Also, I just LOVE .Net generics!

static int Josephus(int numSoldiers, int soldiersToSkip)

// create soldiers
List<int> Soldiers = new List<int>();
for (int i = 0; i < numSoldiers; i++)

// kill soldiers
int iSoldier = 0;
while (Soldiers.Count() > 1)

// skip ahead by the requested number of soldiers
iSoldier = iSoldier + soldiersToSkip;

// if we've gone over, then wrap back around to the top
while (iSoldier > Soldiers.Count())
iSoldier -= Soldiers.Count();

// kill the choosen soldier
Soldiers.RemoveAt(iSoldier - 1);

// return answer
return Soldiers[0] - 1;

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