Sometimes you write code you’re just not super happy with.
The Diamond Kata is a simple kata to take a single character parameter, and return a “diamond” shaped string. Examples:
diamond 'A';; val it : string = "A" diamond 'B';; val it : string = " A B B A " diamond 'C';; val it : string = " A B B C C B B A " etc;;
That’s how I describe this Kata I was working on. I’m just not super happy with it. It feels wordy, and a bit inelegant. Still, it does work (as long as you pass a character ‘greater’ than upper case A. I should probably enforce that sometime… but for now, here it is.
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|let diamond char =|
|let chars = [ 'A' .. char ]|
|let numberOfChars = List.length chars|
|let padCount i = numberOfChars – (i + 1)|
|let gridWidth = numberOfChars * 2 – 1|
|let pad i = new string (' ', i)|
|let init = chars |> List.mapi (fun i c -> (string c), (padCount i))|
|let all = init @ (List.tail (List.rev init))|
|let makeLine (str,padCount) =|
|match gridWidth – (padCount * 2 + 1) with|
|| 0 -> pad padCount + str + pad padCount|
|| a -> pad padCount + str + pad (a – 1) + str + pad padCount|
|all |> List.map makeLine|
||> List.reduce (fun x y -> sprintf "%s%s%s" x Environment.NewLine y)|