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JavaScript Katas: Remove all exclamation marks from the end

July, 2020

Intro 🌐

I take interesting katas of all levels and explain how to solve them.

Problem solving is an important skill, for your career and your life in general.

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Source

I take the ideas for the katas from different sources and re-write them.

Today’s source: Codewars


Understanding the Exercise ❗

First, we need to understand the exercise!

This is a crucial part of (software) engineering.

Go over the exercise explanation again until you understand it 100%.

Do NOT try to save time here.

My method to do this:

  1. Input: What do I put in?
  2. Output: What do I want to get out?

Today’s exercise

Write a function removeExclamationMarksFromEnd, that accepts one parameter: inputString, a valid string.

The function should return a string. The string contains the inputString, but without an exclamation mark at the end.


Input: a string.

Output: a string that has no exclamation mark at the end.


Thinking about the Solution 💭

I think I understand the exercise (= what I put into the function and what I want to get out of it).

Now, I need the specific steps to get from input to output.

I try to do this in small baby steps.

  1. have a look at the last character
  2. if it is a !, remove it
  3. repeat from step #1 while last character is a ! (while loop?)
  4. return the result (a string)

Example:

  • Input: "bee!!"
  • Iteration 1: "bee!!" // last character is ! => remove it and repeat
  • Iteration 2: "bee!" // last character is ! => remove it and repeat
  • Iteration 3: "bee" // last character is NOT ! => break out of the loop
  • Output: "bee" // return the string

Implementation (while loop) ⛑

function removeExclamationMarksFromEnd(inputString) {
  let result = inputString;

  // run this loop while the last character is a `!`
  while (result[result.length - 1] === "!") {
    // remove the last character (= `!`)
    result = result.slice(0, -1);
  }

  return result;
}

Result

console.log(removeExclamationMarksFromEnd("bee!!"));
// "bee"

console.log(removeExclamationMarksFromEnd("Hey! Bee🧶!"));
// "Hey! Bee🧶!"

Implementation (regex) ⛑

function removeExclamationMarksFromEnd(inputString) {
  // use a regex (//)
  // replace one or more exclamation marks (!+) from the end ($) with an empty string ("")
  return inputString.replace(/!+$/, "");
}

Result

console.log(removeExclamationMarksFromEnd("bee!!"));
// "bee"

console.log(removeExclamationMarksFromEnd("Hey! Bee🧶!"));
// "Hey! Bee🧶!"

Playground ⚽

You can play around with the code here


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Questions ❔

  • Do you like to solve katas?
  • Which implementation do you like more? Why?
  • Any alternative solution?
  • Do you regularly use regex?

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