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There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.

You and your fellow cohort of those in the "know" when it comes to binary decide to come up with a secret "handshake".

1 = wink
10 = double blink
100 = close your eyes
1000 = jump

10000 = Reverse the order of the operations in the secret handshake.

Given a decimal number, convert it to the appropriate sequence of events for a secret handshake.

Here's a couple of examples:

Given the input 3, the function would return the array ["wink", "double blink"] because 3 is 11 in binary.

Given the input 19, the function would return the array ["double blink", "wink"] because 19 is 10011 in binary. Notice that the addition of 16 (10000 in binary) has caused the array to be reversed.

use Bitwise (or div/rem)

If you use Bitwise, an easy way to see if a particular bit is set is to compare the binary AND (&&&) of a set of bits with the particular bit pattern you want to check, and determine if the result is the same as the pattern you're checking.


Flags: 0b11011 Check: 0b11010

Flags &&& Check: 0b11010 (All checked bits are set)


Flags: 0b11011 Check: 0b10110

Flags &&& Check: 0b10010 (Third bit not set)

Running tests

Execute the tests with:

$ mix test

Pending tests

In the test suites, all but the first test have been skipped.

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!"

Or, you can enable all the tests by commenting out the ExUnit.configure line in the test suite.

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

If you're stuck on something, it may help to look at some of the available resources out there where answers might be found.


Bert, in Mary Poppins http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058331/quotes/qt0437047

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

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defmodule SecretHandshakeTest do
  use ExUnit.Case

  describe "Create a handshake for a number" do
    # @tag :pending
    test "wink for 1" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(1) == ["wink"]

    @tag :pending
    test "double blink for 10" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(2) == ["double blink"]

    @tag :pending
    test "close your eyes for 100" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(4) == ["close your eyes"]

    @tag :pending
    test "jump for 1000" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(8) == ["jump"]

    @tag :pending
    test "combine two actions" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(3) == ["wink", "double blink"]

    @tag :pending
    test "reverse two actions" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(19) == ["double blink", "wink"]

    @tag :pending
    test "reversing one action gives the same action" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(24) == ["jump"]

    @tag :pending
    test "reversing no actions still gives no actions" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(16) == []

    @tag :pending
    test "all possible actions" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(15) == ["wink", "double blink", "close your eyes", "jump"]

    @tag :pending
    test "reverse all possible actions" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(31) == ["jump", "close your eyes", "double blink", "wink"]

    @tag :pending
    test "do nothing for zero" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(0) == []

    @tag :pending
    test "do nothing if lower 5 bits not set" do
      assert SecretHandshake.commands(32) == []


ExUnit.configure(exclude: :pending, trace: true)
defmodule SecretHandshake do
  @doc """
  Determine the actions of a secret handshake based on the binary
  representation of the given `code`.

  If the following bits are set, include the corresponding action in your list
  of commands, in order from lowest to highest.

  1 = wink
  10 = double blink
  100 = close your eyes
  1000 = jump

  10000 = Reverse the order of the operations in the secret handshake
  @spec commands(code :: integer) :: list(String.t())
  def commands(code) do
    |> Integer.digits(2)
    |> Enum.reverse()
    |> Enum.with_index()
    |> Enum.reduce([], fn {bit, index}, acc ->
      if bit == 1 do
        add_action(index, acc)
    |> Enum.reverse()

  defp add_action(0, acc), do: ["wink" | acc]
  defp add_action(1, acc), do: ["double blink" | acc]
  defp add_action(2, acc), do: ["close your eyes" | acc]
  defp add_action(3, acc), do: ["jump" | acc]
  defp add_action(4, acc), do: Enum.reverse(acc)
  defp add_action(_, acc), do: acc

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