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Convert a binary number, represented as a string (e.g. '101010'), to its decimal equivalent using first principles.

Implement binary to decimal conversion. Given a binary input string, your program should produce a decimal output. The program should handle invalid inputs.


  • Implement the conversion yourself. Do not use something else to perform the conversion for you.

About Binary (Base-2)

Decimal is a base-10 system.

A number 23 in base 10 notation can be understood as a linear combination of powers of 10:

  • The rightmost digit gets multiplied by 10^0 = 1
  • The next number gets multiplied by 10^1 = 10
  • ...
  • The nth number gets multiplied by 10^(n-1).
  • All these values are summed.

So: 23 => 2*10^1 + 3*10^0 => 2*10 + 3*1 = 23 base 10

Binary is similar, but uses powers of 2 rather than powers of 10.

So: 101 => 1*2^2 + 0*2^1 + 1*2^0 => 1*4 + 0*2 + 1*1 => 4 + 1 => 5 base 10.

Running the tests

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$ nim c -r binary_test.nim

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import unittest
import binary

suite "Binary":

  test "binary 0 is decimal 0":
    check binary("0") == 0

  test "binary 1 is decimal 1":
    check binary("1") == 1

  test "binary 10 is decimal 2":
    check binary("10") == 2

  test "binary 11 is decimal 3":
    check binary("11") == 3

  test "binary 100 is decimal 4":
    check binary("100") == 4

  test "binary 1001 is decimal 9":
    check binary("1001") == 9

  test "binary 11010 is decimal 26":
    check binary("11010") == 26

  test "binary 10001101000 is decimal 1128":
    check binary("10001101000") == 1128

  test "binary ignores leading zeros":
    check binary("000011111") == 31

  test "2 is not a valid binary digit":
      discard binary("2")

  test "a number containing a non-binary digit is invalid":
      discard binary("01201")

  test "a number with trailing non-binary characters is invalid":
      discard binary("10nope")

  test "a number with leading non-binary characters is invalid":
      discard binary("nope10")

  test "a number with internal non-binary characters is invalid":
      discard binary("10nope10")

  test "a number and a word whitespace spearated is invalid":
      discard binary("001 nope")
proc binary*(s: string): int =
  var j = 0
  for i in countDown(len(s) - 1 , 0):
    if s[i] notin {'0', '1'}:
      raise newException(ValueError, "not a valid binary digit")
    if s[i] == '1':
      result += (s[i].int - '0'.int) * (1 shl j)

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