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to Raindrops in the Crystal Track

Published at Jul 13 2018 · 1 comment
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Convert a number to a string, the contents of which depend on the number's factors.

  • If the number has 3 as a factor, output 'Pling'.
  • If the number has 5 as a factor, output 'Plang'.
  • If the number has 7 as a factor, output 'Plong'.
  • If the number does not have 3, 5, or 7 as a factor, just pass the number's digits straight through.


  • 28's factors are 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, 28.
    • In raindrop-speak, this would be a simple "Plong".
  • 30's factors are 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 15, 30.
    • In raindrop-speak, this would be a "PlingPlang".
  • 34 has four factors: 1, 2, 17, and 34.
    • In raindrop-speak, this would be "34".


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require "spec"
require "../src/*"

describe "Raindrops" do
  describe "#drops" do
    it "converts 1 to 1" do
      Raindrops.drops(1).should eq "1"

    pending "converts 3 to Pling" do
      Raindrops.drops(3).should eq "Pling"

    pending "converts 5 to Plang" do
      Raindrops.drops(5).should eq "Plang"

    pending "converts 7 to Plong" do
      Raindrops.drops(7).should eq "Plong"

    pending "converts 35 to PlangPlong" do
      Raindrops.drops(35).should eq "PlangPlong"

    pending "converts 52 to 52" do
      Raindrops.drops(52).should eq "52"

    pending "converts 105 to PlingPlangPlong" do
      Raindrops.drops(105).should eq "PlingPlangPlong"
class Raindrops
  def self.drops(number)
    String.build do |output|
      factors = { 3 => "Pling", 5 => "Plang", 7 => "Plong" }
      factors.each do |factor, value|
        case {number % factor}
        when { 0 }
          output << value
      output  << number.to_s if output.empty?


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Avatar of jedschneider

I would pull factors out into a constant or a configurable data value. It doesn't belong inside the method doing the work. Otherwise, I like using String.build as you did. Nice job.

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