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Given a year, report if it is a leap year.

The tricky thing here is that a leap year in the Gregorian calendar occurs:

on every year that is evenly divisible by 4
  except every year that is evenly divisible by 100
    unless the year is also evenly divisible by 400

For example, 1997 is not a leap year, but 1996 is. 1900 is not a leap year, but 2000 is.

If your language provides a method in the standard library that does this look-up, pretend it doesn't exist and implement it yourself.


Though our exercise adopts some very simple rules, there is more to learn!

For a delightful, four minute explanation of the whole leap year phenomenon, go watch this youtube video.


JavaRanch Cattle Drive, exercise 3 http://www.javaranch.com/leap.jsp

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;; Load SRFI-64 lightweight testing specification
(use-modules (srfi srfi-64))

;; Suppress log file output. To write logs, comment out the following line:
(module-define! (resolve-module '(srfi srfi-64)) 'test-log-to-file #f)

;; Require module
(add-to-load-path (dirname (current-filename)))
(use-modules (leap-year))

(test-begin "leap-year")

(test-eqv "vanilla-leap-year"
          (leap-year? 1996))

(test-eqv "any-old-year"
          (leap-year? 1997))

(test-eqv "non-leap-even-year"
          (leap-year? 1998))

(test-eqv "century"
          (leap-year? 1900))

(test-eqv "exceptional-century"
          (leap-year? 2400))

(test-end "leap-year")
(define-module (leap-year)
  #:export (leap-year?))

(define (divisible? a b)
  (zero? (modulo a b)))

(define (leap-year? y)
   (divisible? y 4)
    (not (divisible? y 100))
    (divisible? y 400))))

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about 2 years ago
4d47 says

tidy using the zero? function