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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.

Convert a hexadecimal number, represented as a string (e.g. "10af8c"), to its decimal equivalent using first principles (i.e. no, you may not use built-in or external libraries to accomplish the conversion).

On the web we use hexadecimal to represent colors, e.g. green: 008000, teal: 008080, navy: 000080).

The program should handle invalid hexadecimal strings.

Exception messages

Sometimes it is necessary to raise an exception. When you do this, you should include a meaningful error message to indicate what the source of the error is. This makes your code more readable and helps significantly with debugging. Not every exercise will require you to raise an exception, but for those that do, the tests will only pass if you include a message.

To raise a message with an exception, just write it as an argument to the exception type. For example, instead of raise Exception, you should write:

raise Exception("Meaningful message indicating the source of the error")

Running the tests

To run the tests, run the appropriate command below (why they are different):

  • Python 2.7: py.test hexadecimal_test.py
  • Python 3.4+: pytest hexadecimal_test.py

Alternatively, you can tell Python to run the pytest module (allowing the same command to be used regardless of Python version): python -m pytest hexadecimal_test.py

Common pytest options

  • -v : enable verbose output
  • -x : stop running tests on first failure
  • --ff : run failures from previous test before running other test cases

For other options, see python -m pytest -h

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# To avoid trivial solutions, try to solve this problem without the
# function int(s, base=16)

import unittest

from hexadecimal import hexa

class HexadecimalTest(unittest.TestCase):
    def test_valid_hexa1(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('1'), 1)

    def test_valid_hexa2(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('c'), 12)

    def test_valid_hexa3(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('10'), 16)

    def test_valid_hexa4(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('af'), 175)

    def test_valid_hexa5(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('100'), 256)

    def test_valid_hexa6(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('19ACE'), 105166)

    def test_valid_hexa7(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('000000'), 0)

    def test_valid_hexa8(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('ffff00'), 16776960)

    def test_valid_hexa9(self):
        self.assertEqual(hexa('00fff0'), 65520)

    def test_invalid_hexa(self):
        with self.assertRaisesWithMessage(ValueError):

    # Utility functions
    def setUp(self):
        except AttributeError:
            self.assertRaisesRegex = self.assertRaisesRegexp

    def assertRaisesWithMessage(self, exception):
        return self.assertRaisesRegex(exception, r".+")

if __name__ == '__main__':
class Hexa:
    CHAR_VALUES = {'a': 10,
                   'b': 11,
                   'c': 12,
                   'd': 13,
                   'e': 14,
                   'f': 15}
    VALID_CHARS = set(map(str, range(0, 10)) + CHAR_VALUES.keys())
    BASE = 16

    def convert(cls, inp):
        if not cls.valid(inp):
            raise ValueError
        return sum([cls.convert_char(char) * cls.BASE**index for index, char in

    def valid(cls, inp):
        return set(inp) <= cls.VALID_CHARS

    def convert_char(cls, char):
        return int(char) if char.isdigit() else cls.CHAR_VALUES[char]

def hexa(inp):
    return Hexa.convert(inp.lower())

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