Ruby Nuby Question

Hello,

I am just learning Ruby, via several resources (online: Why’s,
downloaded PDF’s, and Chris P.'s book “Learn to Program Ruby”). I
finished Chris P.'s book and was going back through doing any of the
exercises I hadn’t done the first time and trying to mess with/break the
programs I had done the first time through.

In looking back over my code and trying to clean things up, I managed to
think of two good questions I can’t seem to find the answer to
elsewhere. I figured this was the brightest and smartest group of
Ruby-heads out there. :slight_smile:

I’ll ask my questions first and put the code from the program down
below. The assignment asked us to create a “Deaf Grandmother” program,
which you could only get out of by saying “BYE” to in all caps, three
times.

The first question I had was, for some reason, if you input “BYE!” for
the second or third required “BYE” (to exit/end the program), it
launches into an infinite loop. Why is that? BYE works correctly.
What is it about “BYE!”?

Second question is… what if I wanted the program to require you to say
“BYE” three times in a row instead of just three times throughout the
conversation. Is there any easy way to do this?

Okay, thanks for your time, the code from the program is below…

talk = 'I <3 my grandmother'
puts 'WHAT A FINE YOUNG GRANDCHILD YOU ARE, COME TO VISIT YOUR DEAR OLD
GRANNY!  COME IN, COME IN!'

while talk != 'BYE'
talk = gets.chomp
  if talk != talk.upcase
    puts 'HUH?!  SPEAK UP, SONNY!'
  elsif talk == talk.upcase && talk != 'BYE'
    year = 1
    while year < 30
      year = rand(51)
    end
    puts 'NO, NOT SINCE 19' + year.to_s + '!'
  end
end

if talk == 'BYE'
  puts 'WHAT WAS THAT?'
  talk = gets.chomp
  while talk != 'BYE'
      if talk != talk.upcase
        puts 'HUH?!  SPEAK UP, SONNY!'
      elsif talk == talk.upcase && talk != 'BYE'
        year = 1
        while year < 30
          year = rand(51)
        end
        puts 'NO, NOT SINCE 19' + year.to_s + '!'
      end
  end

  if talk == 'BYE'
      puts 'EYE?  WHAT\'S WRONG WITH YOUR EYE?'
      talk = gets.chomp
      while talk != 'BYE'
          if talk != talk.upcase
            puts 'HUH?!  SPEAK UP, SONNY!'
          elsif talk == talk.upcase && talk != 'BYE'
            year = 1
            while year < 30
              year = rand(51)
            end
            puts 'NO, NOT SINCE 19' + year.to_s + '!'
          end
      end

      if talk == 'BYE'
        puts 'OH VERY WELL, SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME, THEN!'
      end
  end
end

On Dec 7, 2007, at 2:12 PM, Nigama Xx wrote:

The first question I had was, for some reason, if you input “BYE!” for
the second or third required “BYE” (to exit/end the program), it
launches into an infinite loop. Why is that? BYE works correctly.
What is it about “BYE!”?

        end
        puts 'NO, NOT SINCE 19' + year.to_s + '!'
      end
  end

  if talk == 'BYE'
    puts 'OH VERY WELL, SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME, THEN!'
  end

end

Nothing is really special about “BYE!”. Because you don’t ask for
input within the while-loop, any response other than “BYE” will put
it into an infinite loop. The following revision will work.

if talk == 'BYE' puts 'EYE? WHAT\'S WRONG WITH YOUR EYE?' talk = gets.chomp while talk != 'BYE' if talk != talk.upcase puts 'HUH?! SPEAK UP, SONNY!' elsif talk == talk.upcase && talk != 'BYE' year = 1 while year < 30 year = rand(51) end puts 'NO, NOT SINCE 19' + year.to_s + '!' end talk = gets.chomp # <--- new code here end if talk == 'BYE' puts 'OH VERY WELL, SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME, THEN!' end end

Also you might be interested in simplifying your code – for example:

if talk == 'BYE' puts 'EYE? WHAT\'S WRONG WITH YOUR EYE?' talk = gets.chomp while talk != 'BYE' if talk != talk.upcase puts 'HUH?! SPEAK UP, SONNY!' else puts "NO, NOT SINCE #{1930 + rand(21)}!" end talk = gets.chomp end puts 'OH VERY WELL, SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME, THEN!' end

Second question is… what if I wanted the program to require you
to say
“BYE” three times in a row instead of just three times throughout the
conversation. Is there any easy way to do this?

Depends what you mean by easy. I don’t think it would be difficult,
but it would require a fair amount of rewriting. Don’t have the time
now to go into the details. I’m sorry.

Regards, Morton

On Dec 7, 1:12 pm, Nigama Xx [email protected] wrote:

elsewhere. I figured this was the brightest and smartest group of
What is it about “BYE!”?
GRANNY! COME IN, COME IN!’
puts ‘NO, NOT SINCE 19’ + year.to_s + ‘!’
year = 1
while talk != ‘BYE’

  if talk == 'BYE'
    puts 'OH VERY WELL, SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME, THEN!'
  end

end
end
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history = []
bye_replies = [
‘WHAT WAS THAT?’,
“EYE? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR EYE?”
]

puts ‘WHAT A FINE YOUNG GRANDCHILD YOU ARE, COME TO VISIT
YOUR DEAR OLD GRANNY! COME IN, COME IN!’

bye_count = 0

while true
talk = gets.strip
history << talk

if talk != talk.upcase
puts ‘HUH?! SPEAK UP, SONNY!’
elsif “BYE” == talk
break if [‘BYE’] * 3 == history[ -3 … -1 ]
puts bye_replies[ bye_count % bye_replies.size ]
bye_count += 1
else
year = rand( 21 ) + 30
puts “NO, NOT SINCE 19#{ year }!”
end
end

puts ‘OH VERY WELL, SEE YOU ANOTHER TIME, THEN!’

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