[Spotlight] two Christmas tree programming challenges

At yesterday’s Shed I tried to share my enthusiasm for a programming challenge - in this case, a code golfing challenge, which means to write the shortest correct program to solve some problem. And the problem is simple, and simply expressed - output this pattern:

This page helpfully sets out the problem and links to several online discussions and to successful submissions.

The rules are quite nice: no sharing your code, or even your score, until the contest closes, and you can submit only once.

The most Basic effort comes in at 372 characters.

It was nice to see the diversity of approaches, both in Basic and in machine code.

But Will noted another, rather different, tree-related challenge, which was Matt Parker and his 512 RGB LEDs strung chaotically around his tree. See this discussion, and these two videos: