# wlspaldi's solution

## to Kindergarten Garden in the Lua Track

Published at Jul 13 2018 · 1 comment
Instructions
Test suite
Solution

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.

[window][window][window]
........................ # 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:

[window][window][window]
VR......................
RG......................

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:

[window][window][window]
VRCGVVRVCGGCCGVRGCVCGCGV
VRCCCGCRRGVCGCRVVCVGCGCV

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

While asking for Bob's plants would yield:

• Clover, grass, clover, clover

## Running the tests

To run the tests, run the command busted from within the exercise directory.

## Further information

For more detailed information about the Lua track, including how to get help if you're having trouble, please visit the exercism.io Lua language page.

## Source

Random musings during airplane trip. http://jumpstartlab.com

## Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

### kindergarten-garden_spec.lua

local Garden = require('kindergarten-garden')

describe('kindergarten-garden', function()
it('should be able to parse a garden with only one student', function()
local garden = Garden('RC\nGG')
assert.same({ 'radishes', 'clover', 'grass', 'grass' }, garden.alice)
end)

it('should be able to parse a graden with more than one student', function()
local garden = Garden('VVCG\nVVRC')
assert.same({ 'violets', 'violets', 'violets', 'violets' }, garden.alice)
assert.same({ 'clover', 'grass', 'radishes', 'clover' }, garden.bob)
end)

it('should be able to parse a garden with plants for all students', function()
local garden = Garden('VRCGVVRVCGGCCGVRGCVCGCGV\nVRCCCGCRRGVCGCRVVCVGCGCV')
assert.same({ 'clover', 'grass', 'clover', 'clover' }, garden.bob)
assert.same({ 'violets', 'violets', 'clover', 'grass' }, garden.charlie)
assert.same({ 'clover', 'grass', 'radishes', 'grass' }, garden.eve)
assert.same({ 'grass', 'clover', 'violets', 'clover' }, garden.fred)
assert.same({ 'clover', 'grass', 'grass', 'clover' }, garden.ginny)
assert.same({ 'grass', 'clover', 'violets', 'clover' }, garden.ileana)
assert.same({ 'violets', 'clover', 'violets', 'grass' }, garden.joseph)
assert.same({ 'grass', 'clover', 'clover', 'grass' }, garden.kincaid)
assert.same({ 'grass', 'violets', 'clover', 'violets' }, garden.larry)
end)

it('should return an empty result for students that are not present', function()
local garden = Garden('RC\nGG')
assert.same({}, garden.bob)
end)

it('should return an empty result for students that do not exist', function()
local garden = Garden('RC\nGG')
assert.same({}, garden.katrina)
end)

it('should ignore case for gardens', function()
local garden = Garden('Rc\ngG')
assert.same({ 'radishes', 'clover', 'grass', 'grass' }, garden.alice)
end)

it('should ignore case for students', function()
local garden = Garden('RC\nGG')
assert.same({ 'radishes', 'clover', 'grass', 'grass' }, garden.ALICE)
end)
end)
--I think a real opportunity was missed by not naming this exercise kindergarden
local students = {'alice', 'bob', 'charlie', 'david', 'eve', 'fred', 'ginny',
'harriet', 'ileana', 'joseph', 'kincaid', 'larry'}
local plants = {["R"]='radishes', ["C"]='clover', ["G"]='grass', ["V"]='violets'}

return function(rowsOfPlants)
self = setmetatable({}, self)
self.__index = function(caller,attemptedIndex)
if(attemptedIndex:lower() ~= attemptedIndex) then return(caller[attemptedIndex:lower()]) end
return {}
end

for row in rowsOfPlants:gmatch('%a+') do
local childIndex = 1
for plantOne, plantTwo in row:gmatch("(%a)(%a)") do
local thisStudent = students[childIndex]
self[thisStudent] = self[thisStudent] or {}
table.insert(self[thisStudent], plants[plantOne:upper()])
table.insert(self[thisStudent], plants[plantTwo:upper()])
childIndex = childIndex + 1
end
end
return self
end