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JavaScript Katas: Calculate total amount of points

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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 calculateAmountOfPoints, that accepts one parameter: games, a valid array of strings, e.g. ["3:1", "2:2"].


  • x > y: 3 points
  • x = y: 1 point
  • x < y: 0 point

The function should return a number. The number is the sum of the point(s) of every single game.

Input: an array of strings.

Output: a number.

Thinking about the Solution πŸ’­

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. loop over every element of the games array
  2. calculate the specific score of this element
  3. return the sum of every single element (a number)


  • Input: ["3:1", "2:2"]
  • Iteration 1: "3:1" // x > y => 3 points
  • Iteration 2: "2:2" // x = y => 1 point
  • Output: 4 // return the sum (3 + 1) as a number

Implementation (for of-loop) β›‘

function calculateAmountOfPoints(games) {
  // counter for total points
  let totalPoints = 0;

  for (const game of games) {
    // split the game score for both teams and assign it to two variables
    const [scoreA, scoreB] = game.split(":");

    // calculate the points for this game with a ternary operator
    const points = scoreA > scoreB ? 3 : scoreA === scoreB ? 1 : 0;

    // add the points for this specific game to the total points
    totalPoints += points;

  return totalPoints;


console.log(calculateAmountOfPoints(["3:1", "2:2"]));
// 4

console.log(calculateAmountOfPoints(["1:0", "2:0", "3:0", "4:0", "2:1"]));
// 15

Implementation (functional) β›‘

function calculateAmountOfPoints(games) {
  return (
      // split the game score into two separate values
      .map((game) => game.split(":"))

      // calculate the points for this game with a ternary operator
      .map((score) => (score[0] > score[1] ? 3 : score[0] === score[1] ? 1 : 0))

      // calculate the sum of all games
      .reduce((acc, cur) => acc + cur, 0)


console.log(calculateAmountOfPoints(["3:1", "2:2"]));
// 4

console.log(calculateAmountOfPoints(["1:0", "2:0", "3:0", "4:0", "2:1"]));
// 15

Playground ⚽

You can play around with the code here

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