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Test suite

Given a moment, determine the moment that would be after a gigasecond has passed.

A gigasecond is 10^9 (1,000,000,000) seconds.

Coding the solution

Look for a stub file having the name gigasecond.go and place your solution code in that file.

Running the tests

To run the tests run the command go test from within the exercise directory.

If the test suite contains benchmarks, you can run these with the --bench and --benchmem flags:

go test -v --bench . --benchmem

Keep in mind that each reviewer will run benchmarks on a different machine, with different specs, so the results from these benchmark tests may vary.

Further information

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Chapter 9 in Chris Pine's online Learn to Program tutorial. http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram/?Chapter=09

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

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package gigasecond

// Source: exercism/problem-specifications
// Commit: 5506bac gigasecond: Apply new "input" policy
// Problem Specifications Version: 1.1.0

// Add one gigasecond to the input.
var addCases = []struct {
	description string
	in          string
	want        string
		"date only specification of time",
		"second test for date only specification of time",
		"third test for date only specification of time",
		"full time specified",
		"full time with day roll-over",


package gigasecond

// Write a function AddGigasecond that works with time.Time.

import (

// date formats used in test data
const (
	fmtD  = "2006-01-02"
	fmtDT = "2006-01-02T15:04:05"

func TestAddGigasecond(t *testing.T) {
	for _, tc := range addCases {
		in := parse(tc.in, t)
		want := parse(tc.want, t)
		got := AddGigasecond(in)
		if !got.Equal(want) {
			t.Fatalf(`FAIL: %s
   = %s
want %s`, tc.description, in, got, want)
		t.Log("PASS:", tc.description)
	t.Log("Tested", len(addCases), "cases.")

func parse(s string, t *testing.T) time.Time {
	tt, err := time.Parse(fmtDT, s) // try full date time format first
	if err != nil {
		tt, err = time.Parse(fmtD, s) // also allow just date
	if err != nil {
		// can't run tests if input won't parse.  if this seems to be a
		// development or ci environment, raise an error.  if this condition
		// makes it to the solver though, ask for a bug report.
		_, statErr := os.Stat("example_gen.go")
		if statErr == nil || os.Getenv("TRAVIS_GO_VERSION") > "" {
		} else {
			t.Skip("(This is not your fault, and is unexpected.  " +
				"Please file an issue at https://github.com/exercism/go.)")
	return tt

func BenchmarkAddGigasecond(b *testing.B) {
	for i := 0; i < b.N; i++ {
package gigasecond

import (

const Gigasecond = 1e9 * time.Second

// AddGigasecond returns the time provided plus one gigasecond.
func AddGigasecond(t time.Time) time.Time {
	return t.Add(Gigasecond)

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