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to Luhn in the CFML Track

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Given a number determine whether or not it is valid per the Luhn formula.

The Luhn algorithm is a simple checksum formula used to validate a variety of identification numbers, such as credit card numbers and Canadian Social Insurance Numbers.

The task is to check if a given string is valid.

Validating a Number

Strings of length 1 or less are not valid. Spaces are allowed in the input, but they should be stripped before checking. All other non-digit characters are disallowed.

Example 1: valid credit card number

4539 1488 0343 6467

The first step of the Luhn algorithm is to double every second digit, starting from the right. We will be doubling

4_3_ 1_8_ 0_4_ 6_6_

If doubling the number results in a number greater than 9 then subtract 9 from the product. The results of our doubling:

8569 2478 0383 3437

Then sum all of the digits:

8+5+6+9+2+4+7+8+0+3+8+3+3+4+3+7 = 80

If the sum is evenly divisible by 10, then the number is valid. This number is valid!

Example 2: invalid credit card number

8273 1232 7352 0569

Double the second digits, starting from the right

7253 2262 5312 0539

Sum the digits

7+2+5+3+2+2+6+2+5+3+1+2+0+5+3+9 = 57

57 is not evenly divisible by 10, so this number is not valid.

To run the code in this exercise, you will only need to have CommandBox CLI installed. This binary runs CFML code from the command line.

To run the tests, cd into the exercise folder and run the following:

box task run TestRunner
# Or start up a test watcher that will rerun when files change
box task run TestRunner --:watcher

The tests leverage a library called TestBox which supports xUnit and BDD style of testing. All test suites will be written in the BDD style which uses closures to define test specs. You won't need to worry about installing TestBox. The CLI test runner will take care of that for you. You just need to be connected to the internet the first time you run it. You can read more about it here:



The Luhn Algorithm on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luhn_algorithm

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

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


component extends="testbox.system.BaseSpec" {

	function beforeAll(){
	  SUT = createObject( 'Luhn' );

	function run(){
		describe( "My Luhn class", function(){			

			it( 'single digit strings can not be valid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='1' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'a single zero is invalid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='0' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'a simple valid SIN that remains valid if reversed', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='059' ) ).toBeTrue();

			it( 'a simple valid SIN that becomes invalid if reversed', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='59' ) ).toBeTrue();

			it( 'a valid Canadian SIN', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='055 444 285' ) ).toBeTrue();

			it( 'invalid Canadian SIN', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='055 444 286' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'invalid credit card', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='8273 1232 7352 0569' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'valid strings with a non-digit included become invalid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='055a 444 285' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'valid strings with punctuation included become invalid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='055-444-285' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'valid strings with symbols included become invalid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='055£ 444$ 285' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'single zero with space is invalid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value=' 0' ) ).toBeFalse();

			it( 'more than a single zero is valid', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='0000 0' ) ).toBeTrue();

			it( 'input digit 9 is correctly converted to output digit 9', function(){
				expect( SUT.valid( value='091' ) ).toBeTrue();



component extends="LuhnTest" {

	function beforeAll(){
	  SUT = createObject( 'Solution' );

* Your implmentation of the Luhn exercise
component {
	* @returns 
	function valid( value ) {
		// two test fail
		// implmentation http://taggedwiki.zubiaga.org/new_content/c5837348dbddc2483f3fe40ffb62b46d
		if (arrayLen(values)==1) {
			return false;
		for (d in values) {
			if (isNumeric(d)){
				return false;
			if (0>=d && d>=9){
				return false;
			if (alt){
				d *=2;
				if (d>9){
		return (_sum%10) == 0;

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