# Elm – fun with L-System (Part 3)

Yan Cui

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Series:

Last time out we implemented the Pythagoras Tree example from the L-System wikipedia page. Now, let’s continue our journey and see how we can implement the Cantor Dust example in Elm.

## Example 3 : Cantor Dust

First, let’s define our L-System:

The interesting thing about this example is that we need to draw, not only the current generation, but also all the preceding generations too.

So I had to approach things slightly differently, and instead of dealing with a Signal(State), I need a Signal(List(State)):

This signal of List(State) is then passed to the display function (along with the dimension of the window):

We can use rectangle to represent the individual bars, and for my screen 25 pixels seems to be a good height.

For each generation we want to place them some distance apart. That is to say that the state for each generation should have a stepped Y position.

so now, we need to add a drawState function that will take in:

• the width of the window;
• the y position for its rectangles; and
• the state it needs to draw

and return a list of rectangles for that state.

You may remember the following paragraph from Part 2:

So to work out the x positions of the first rectangle for this state, we have this slightly dubious looking line of code:

and the next block of code generates the x positions for all the rectangles:

Running this example in Elm Reactor I can get the demo to gen 8, after that it takes noticeably longer to render and the bars are so thin that they’re barely visible.

## Live Demo (here)

Use LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to evolve/devolve the L-System.

## Source Code (here)

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