exercism fetch go bowling


Score a bowling game.

Bowling is game where players roll a heavy ball to knock down pins arranged in a triangle. Write code to keep track of the score of a game of bowling.

Scoring Bowling

The game consists of 10 frames. A frame is composed of one or two ball throws with 10 pins standing at frame initialization. There are three cases for the tabulation of a frame.

Here is a three frame example:

Frame 1 Frame 2 Frame 3
X (strike) 5/ (spare) 9 0 (open frame)

Frame 1 is (10 + 5 + 5) = 20

Frame 2 is (5 + 5 + 9) = 19

Frame 3 is (9 + 0) = 9

This means the current running total is 48.

The tenth frame in the game is a special case. If someone throws a strike or a spare then they get a fill ball. Fill balls exist to calculate the total of the 10th frame. Scoring a strike or spare on the fill ball does not give the player more fill balls. The total value of the 10th frame is the total number of pins knocked down.

For a tenth frame of X1/ (strike and a spare), the total value is 20.

For a tenth frame of XXX (three strikes), the total value is 30.


Write code to keep track of the score of a game of bowling. It should support two operations:

Running the tests

To run the tests run the command go test from within the exercise directory.

If the test suite contains benchmarks, you can run these with the -bench flag:

go test -bench .

Keep in mind that each reviewer will run benchmarks on a different machine, with different specs, so the results from these benchmark tests may vary.

Further information

For more detailed information about the Go track, including how to get help if you're having trouble, please visit the exercism.io Go language page.


The Bowling Game Kata at but UncleBob http://butunclebob.com/ArticleS.UncleBob.TheBowlingGameKata

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