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Convert a hexadecimal number, represented as a string (e.g. "10af8c"), to its decimal equivalent using first principles (i.e. no, you may not use built-in or external libraries to accomplish the conversion).

On the web we use hexadecimal to represent colors, e.g. green: 008000, teal: 008080, navy: 000080).

The program should handle invalid hexadecimal strings.

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defmodule HexadecimalTest do
  use ExUnit.Case

  test "returns 1 when hex is 1" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("1") == 1

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 12 when hex is c" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("c") == 12

  @tag :pending
  test "hexadecimal is case insensitive" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("C") == 12

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 16 when hex is 10" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("10") == 16

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 175 when hex is af" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("af") == 175

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 256 when hex is 100" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("100") == 256

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 105_166 when hex is 19ace" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("19ace") == 105_166

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 0 when hex is invalid" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("carrot") == 0

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 0 when hex represents black" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("000000") == 0

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 16_777_215 when hex represents white" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("ffffff") == 16_777_215

  @tag :pending
  test "returns 16_776_960 when hex represents yellow" do
    assert Hexadecimal.to_decimal("ffff00") == 16_776_960


ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule Hexadecimal do
  @doc """
    Accept a string representing a hexadecimal value and returns the
    corresponding decimal value.
    It returns the integer 0 if the hexadecimal is invalid.
    Otherwise returns an integer representing the decimal value.

    ## Examples

      iex> Hexadecimal.to_decimal("invalid")

      iex> Hexadecimal.to_decimal("af")


  @spec to_decimal(binary) :: integer
  def to_decimal(hex) do
    case valid_hex?(hex) do
      true -> get_decimal(hex)
      false -> 0

  defp valid_hex?(hex), do: hex =~ ~r/^[0-9a-fA-F]+$/

  defp get_decimal(hex) do
    size = String.length(hex) - 1

    |> String.graphemes()
    |> Enum.zip(size..0)
    |> Enum.reduce(0, fn {letter, position}, acc -> acc + get_value(letter, position) end)

  defp get_value(letter, position) when letter in ["a", "A"], do: 10 * :math.pow(16, position)
  defp get_value(letter, position) when letter in ["b", "B"], do: 11 * :math.pow(16, position)
  defp get_value(letter, position) when letter in ["c", "C"], do: 12 * :math.pow(16, position)
  defp get_value(letter, position) when letter in ["d", "D"], do: 13 * :math.pow(16, position)
  defp get_value(letter, position) when letter in ["e", "E"], do: 14 * :math.pow(16, position)
  defp get_value(letter, position) when letter in ["f", "F"], do: 15 * :math.pow(16, position)
  defp get_value(number, position), do: String.to_integer(number) * :math.pow(16, position)

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