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Published at Jul 13 2018
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Instructions

Test suite

Solution

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.

For installation and learning resources, refer to the exercism help page.

For running the tests provided, you will need the Minitest gem. Open a terminal window and run the following command to install minitest:

```
gem install minitest
```

If you would like color output, you can `require 'minitest/pride'`

in
the test file, or note the alternative instruction, below, for running
the test file.

Run the tests from the exercise directory using the following command:

```
ruby hexadecimal_test.rb
```

To include color from the command line:

```
ruby -r minitest/pride hexadecimal_test.rb
```

All of Computer Science http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/NumberBases.html

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

```
require 'minitest/autorun'
require_relative 'hexadecimal'
class HexadecimalTest < Minitest::Test
def test_hex_1_is_decimal_1
assert_equal 1, Hexadecimal.new('1').to_decimal
end
def test_hex_c_is_decimal_12
skip
assert_equal 12, Hexadecimal.new('c').to_decimal
end
def test_hex_10_is_decimal_16
skip
assert_equal 16, Hexadecimal.new('10').to_decimal
end
def test_hex_af_is_decimal_175
skip
assert_equal 175, Hexadecimal.new('af').to_decimal
end
def test_hex_100_is_decimal_256
skip
assert_equal 256, Hexadecimal.new('100').to_decimal
end
def test_hex_19ace_is_decimal_105166
skip
assert_equal 105_166, Hexadecimal.new('19ace').to_decimal
end
def test_invalid_hex_is_decimal_0
skip
assert_equal 0, Hexadecimal.new('carrot').to_decimal
end
def test_black
skip
assert_equal 0, Hexadecimal.new('000000').to_decimal
end
def test_white
skip
assert_equal 16_777_215, Hexadecimal.new('ffffff').to_decimal
end
def test_yellow
skip
assert_equal 16_776_960, Hexadecimal.new('ffff00').to_decimal
end
end
```

```
# Hexadecimal
class Hexadecimal
HEX_VALUES = { '0' => 0, '1' => 1, '2' => 2, '3' => 3, '4' => 4,
'5' => 5, '6' => 6, '7' => 7, '8' => 8, '9' => 9,
'a' => 10, 'b' => 11, 'c' => 12, 'd' => 13, 'e' => 14,
'f' => 15 }.freeze
attr_reader :hexadecimal
def initialize(hexadecimal)
@hexadecimal = hexadecimal
end
def to_decimal
return 0 if invalid?
hexadecimal.split(//).reverse_each.with_index.map do |multiplier, power|
16**power * HEX_VALUES[multiplier]
end.reduce(:+)
end
private
def invalid?
hexadecimal =~ /[^a-f\d]/
end
end
```

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