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to Grade School in the OCaml Track

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This solution was written on an old version of Exercism. The tests below might not correspond to the solution code, and the exercise may have changed since this code was written.

Given students' names along with the grade that they are in, create a roster for the school.

In the end, you should be able to:

  • Start with an empty school.
  • Add a student's name to the roster for a grade
    • "Add Jim to grade 2."
    • "OK."
  • Get a list of all students enrolled in a grade
    • "Which students are in grade 2?"
    • "We've only got Jim just now."
  • Get a sorted list of all students in all grades. Grades should sort as 1, 2, 3, etc., and students within a grade should be sorted alphabetically by name.
    • "Who all is enrolled in school right now?"
    • "Grade 1: Anna, Barb, and Charlie. Grade 2: Alex, Peter, and Zoe. Grade 3…"

Note that all our students only have one name. (It's a small town, what do you want?)

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open OUnit2
open Grade_school

let assert_lists_equal exp got _ctx =
  let printer = String.concat ";" in
  assert_equal exp got ~printer

let tests = [
  "an empty school has no children in grade 1" >::
    assert_lists_equal [] (grade 1 empty_school);
  "an empty school has Emma in grade 1 after she's been added to grade 1" >::(
    let s = add "Emma" 1 empty_school in
    assert_lists_equal ["Emma"] (grade 1 s)
  "an empty school does not have Emma in grade 1 after she's been added to grade 2" >::(
    let s = add "Emma" 2 empty_school in
    assert_lists_equal [] (grade 1 s)
  "an empty school has Emma, Timmy, Bob and Becky in grade 1 after they've been added to grade 1" >::(
    let s = empty_school |> add "Emma" 1 |> add "Timmy" 1 |> add "Bob" 1 |> add "Becky" 1 in
    assert_lists_equal ["Becky"; "Bob"; "Emma"; "Timmy"] (grade 1 s |> List.sort compare)
  "a sorted school has Emma, Timmy, Bob and Becky in grade 1 in sorted order" >::(
    let s = empty_school |> add "Emma" 1 |> add "Timmy" 1 |> add "Bob" 1 |> add "Becky" 1 |> sorted in
    assert_lists_equal ["Becky"; "Bob"; "Emma"; "Timmy"] (grade 1 s)

let () =
  run_test_tt_main ("grade-school tests" >::: tests)
open Base

type school = string list Map.M(Int).t

let empty_school =
    Map.empty (module Int)

let add name grade =
    Map.add_multi ~key:grade ~data:name

let grade grade school =
    Map.find school grade
    |> Option.value ~default:[]

let sorted school =
    |> Map.map ~f:(List.sort ~compare:String.compare)

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