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to Scrabble Score in the CFML Track

Published at Aug 14 2018 · 0 comments
Test suite

Given a word, compute the scrabble score for that word.

Letter Values

You'll need these:

Letter                           Value
A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T       1
D, G                               2
B, C, M, P                         3
F, H, V, W, Y                      4
K                                  5
J, X                               8
Q, Z                               10


"cabbage" should be scored as worth 14 points:

  • 3 points for C
  • 1 point for A, twice
  • 3 points for B, twice
  • 2 points for G
  • 1 point for E

And to total:

  • 3 + 2*1 + 2*3 + 2 + 1
  • = 3 + 2 + 6 + 3
  • = 5 + 9
  • = 14


  • You can play a double or a triple letter.
  • You can play a double or a triple word.

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:



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component extends="testbox.system.BaseSpec" {

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

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

			it( 'lowercase letter', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='a' ) ).toBe( '1' );

			it( 'uppercase letter', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='A' ) ).toBe( '1' );

			it( 'valuable letter', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='f' ) ).toBe( '4' );

			it( 'short word', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='at' ) ).toBe( '2' );

			it( 'short, valuable word', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='zoo' ) ).toBe( '12' );

			it( 'medium word', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='street' ) ).toBe( '6' );

			it( 'medium, valuable word', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='quirky' ) ).toBe( '22' );

			it( 'long, mixed-case word', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='OxyphenButazone' ) ).toBe( '41' );

			it( 'english-like word', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='pinata' ) ).toBe( '8' );

			it( 'empty input', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='' ) ).toBe( '0' );

			it( 'entire alphabet available', function(){
				expect( SUT.score( word='abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz' ) ).toBe( '87' );



component extends="ScrabbleScoreTest" {

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

* Your implmentation of the ScrabbleScore exercise
component {

		Commenting the given score for each letter per requirements.
		A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T	1

		D, G							2

		B, C, M, P						3

		F, H, V, W, Y					4

		K								5

		J, X							8

		Q, Z							10

		Dictionary generated from the rules above. I chose to order it based on the score vs the order of letters.
	variables.scoreDictionary = {

	* Scores a word using scrabble rules. Does not take into account special spaces.
	* @returns integer
	public numeric function score( required string word ) {
		// quick fail for empty word. Not exactly necessary but means we don't do a split and create memory for nothing.
		if(!len(word)) {
			return 0;

		var characterList = listToArray(word,"");
		var scoreTotal = 0;

		for(var character in characterList) {
			if(variables.scoreDictionary.keyExists(character)) {
				scoreTotal += variables.scoreDictionary[character];

		return scoreTotal;


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