exercism fetch java two-fer

Two Fer

Two-fer or 2-fer is short for two for one. One for you and one for me.

"One for X, one for me."

When X is a name or "you".

If the given name is "Alice", the result should be "One for Alice, one for me." If no name is given, the result should be "One for you, one for me."

Java Tips

Most Java exercises include multiple test cases. These cases are structured to support a useful process known as test-driven development (TDD). TDD involves repeating a structured cycle that helps programmers build complex functionality piece by piece rather than all at once. That cycle can be described as follows:

  1. Add a test that describes one piece of desired functionality your code is currently missing.
  2. Run the tests to verify that this newly-added test fails.
  3. Update your existing code until:
    • All the old tests continue to pass;
    • The new test also passes.
  4. Clean up your code, making sure that all tests continue to pass. This typically involves renaming variables, removing duplicated chunks of logic, removing leftover logging, etc.
  5. Return to step 1 until all desired functionality has been built!

The test files in this track contain all the tests your solution should pass to be considered valid. That doesn't immediately seem to be compatible with the cycle described above, in which tests are written one by one. However, the tool that we use to write our tests, JUnit, provides an @Ignore annotation that can be used to temporarily skip an already-written test. Using this annotation, we make sure that the test files we deliver to you satisfy the following rules:

This allows you to simulate the TDD cycle by following these slightly-modified steps:

  1. Run the tests to verify that at most one test currently fails.
  2. Update your existing code until all the non-skipped tests pass.
  3. Clean up your code, making sure that all non-skipped tests continue to pass.
  4. Remove the topmost @Ignore annotation in the test file.
  5. Return to step 1 until no tests are skipped and all tests pass!

Running the tests

You can run all the tests for an exercise by entering

$ gradle test

in your terminal.


This is an exercise to introduce users to basic programming constructs, just after hello World. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-fer

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.