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Given a diagram, determine which plants each child in the kindergarten class is responsible for.

The kindergarten class is learning about growing plants. The teacher thought it would be a good idea to give them actual seeds, plant them in actual dirt, and grow actual plants.

They've chosen to grow grass, clover, radishes, and violets.

To this end, the children have put little cups along the window sills, and planted one type of plant in each cup, choosing randomly from the available types of seeds.

........................ # each dot represents a cup

There are 12 children in the class:

  • Alice, Bob, Charlie, David,
  • Eve, Fred, Ginny, Harriet,
  • Ileana, Joseph, Kincaid, and Larry.

Each child gets 4 cups, two on each row. Their teacher assigns cups to the children alphabetically by their names.

The following diagram represents Alice's plants:


In the first row, nearest the windows, she has a violet and a radish. In the second row she has a radish and some grass.

Your program will be given the plants from left-to-right starting with the row nearest the windows. From this, it should be able to determine which plants belong to each student.

For example, if it's told that the garden looks like so:


Then if asked for Alice's plants, it should provide:

  • Violets, radishes, violets, radishes

While asking for Bob's plants would yield:

  • Clover, grass, clover, clover

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Once you get a test passing, you can unskip the next one by commenting out the relevant @tag :pending with a # symbol.

For example:

# @tag :pending
test "shouting" do
  assert Bob.hey("WATCH OUT!") == "Whoa, chill out!"

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# ExUnit.configure exclude: :pending, trace: true

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defmodule GardenTest do
  use ExUnit.Case

  test "gets the garden for Alice with just her plants" do
    garden_info = Garden.info("RC\nGG")
    assert garden_info.alice == {:radishes, :clover, :grass, :grass}

  @tag :pending
  test "gets another garden for Alice with just her plants" do
    garden_info = Garden.info("VC\nRC")
    assert garden_info.alice == {:violets, :clover, :radishes, :clover}

  @tag :pending
  test "returns an empty tuple if the child has no plants" do
    garden_info = Garden.info("VC\nRC")
    assert garden_info.bob == {}

  @tag :pending
  test "gets the garden for Bob" do
    garden_info = Garden.info("VVCG\nVVRC")
    assert garden_info.bob == {:clover, :grass, :radishes, :clover}

  @tag :pending
  test "gets the garden for all students" do
    assert garden_info.alice == {:violets, :radishes, :violets, :radishes}
    assert garden_info.bob == {:clover, :grass, :clover, :clover}
    assert garden_info.charlie == {:violets, :violets, :clover, :grass}
    assert garden_info.david == {:radishes, :violets, :clover, :radishes}
    assert garden_info.eve == {:clover, :grass, :radishes, :grass}
    assert garden_info.fred == {:grass, :clover, :violets, :clover}
    assert garden_info.ginny == {:clover, :grass, :grass, :clover}
    assert garden_info.harriet == {:violets, :radishes, :radishes, :violets}
    assert garden_info.ileana == {:grass, :clover, :violets, :clover}
    assert garden_info.joseph == {:violets, :clover, :violets, :grass}
    assert garden_info.kincaid == {:grass, :clover, :clover, :grass}
    assert garden_info.larry == {:grass, :violets, :clover, :violets}

  @tag :pending
  test "accepts custom child names" do
    garden_info = Garden.info("VC\nRC", [:nate, :maggie])
    assert garden_info.maggie == {:violets, :clover, :radishes, :clover}
    assert garden_info.nate == {}

  @tag :pending
  test "gets the garden for all students with custom child names" do
    names = [

    garden_info = Garden.info(garden_string, names)
    assert garden_info.maggie == {:violets, :radishes, :violets, :radishes}
    assert garden_info.nate == {:clover, :grass, :clover, :clover}
    assert garden_info.ophelia == {:violets, :violets, :clover, :grass}
    assert garden_info.pete == {:radishes, :violets, :clover, :radishes}
    assert garden_info.reggie == {:clover, :grass, :radishes, :grass}
    assert garden_info.sylvia == {:grass, :clover, :violets, :clover}
    assert garden_info.tanner == {:clover, :grass, :grass, :clover}
    assert garden_info.ursula == {:violets, :radishes, :radishes, :violets}
    assert garden_info.victor == {:grass, :clover, :violets, :clover}
    assert garden_info.winnie == {:violets, :clover, :violets, :grass}
    assert garden_info.xander == {:grass, :clover, :clover, :grass}
    assert garden_info.ynold == {:grass, :violets, :clover, :violets}


ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule Garden do
  @students [
    :alice, :bob, :charlie, :david, :eve, :fred, :ginny, :harriet, :ileana, :joseph, :kincaid, :larry

  @plant_codes %{"G" => :grass, "C" => :clover, "R" => :radishes, "V" => :violets}

  @spec info(String.t(), list) :: map
  def info(info_string, student_names \\ @students) do
    students_plants = Enum.into(student_names, %{}, &{&1, {}})

    process_windows(students_plants, Map.keys(students_plants), String.split(info_string, "\n"))

  defp process_windows(students_plants, _, ["", ""]), do: students_plants

  defp process_windows(
       [student_name | students],
        <<row_one::binary-size(2), rest_row_one::binary()>>,
        <<row_two::binary-size(2), rest_row_two::binary()>>
       ]) do
    students_plants = %{students_plants | student_name => to_plant_names(row_one <> row_two)}
    process_windows(students_plants, students, [rest_row_one, rest_row_two])

  defp to_plant_names(plant_codes) do
    plant_codes |> String.codepoints() |> Enum.map(&@plant_codes[&1]) |> List.to_tuple()

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