Diamond in C#
Given a letter, print a diamond starting with 'A' with the supplied letter at the widest point.
exercism fetch csharp diamond
The diamond kata takes as its input a letter, and outputs it in a diamond shape. Given a letter, it prints a diamond starting with 'A', with the supplied letter at the widest point.
- The first row contains one 'A'.
- The last row contains one 'A'.
- All rows, except the first and last, have exactly two identical letters.
- All rows have as many trailing spaces as leading spaces. (This might be 0).
- The diamond is horizontally symmetric.
- The diamond is vertically symmetric.
- The diamond has a square shape (width equals height).
- The letters form a diamond shape.
- The top half has the letters in ascending order.
- The bottom half has the letters in descending order.
- The four corners (containing the spaces) are triangles.
In the following examples, spaces are indicated by
Diamond for letter 'A':
Diamond for letter 'C':
Diamond for letter 'E':
····A···· ···B·B··· ··C···C·· ·D·····D· E·······E ·D·····D· ··C···C·· ···B·B··· ····A····
The tests in this exercise are different from your usual tests. Normally, a test checks if for a given input, the output matches the expected value. This is called value-based testing. However, this exercise uses property-based testing, where the tests check if for a range of inputs, the output has a specific property. The two key differences that differentiate property-based testing from value-based testing are:
- A property-based test works not with a single input value, but with many.
- A property-based test verifies properties, not concrete values.
For this exercise, the tests all verify a property of the diamond shape your code should be producing. Furthermore, all tests check if the property they test holds for all valid input letters ('A' to 'Z').
For more information on property-based testing, see this article.
Note that, when trying to submit an exercise, make sure the exercise file that you're submitting is in the
For example, if you're submitting
bob.cs for the Bob exercise, the submit command would be something like
exercism submit <path_to_exercism_dir>/csharp/bob/bob.cs.
Submitting Incomplete Solutions
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