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#2 Live Kata Report

pixari profile image Raffaele Pizzari Updated on ・2 min read

2 Live Kata Report

With the JS Learning community I am running we use to solve "JS Katas" together during "live coding" sessions.
I'll use this blog to share the "Live Kata" reports.

We solved together a "kata" found on "CodeWars.com".

Key takeaway points:

• Learn how String.prototype.slice() works
• Learn how Array.prototype.join() works
• Learn how Array.prototype.reduce() works
• Learn how "Destructuring assignment" works


Destructuring assignment
• A website full of katas

The Kata is the following:


Move the first letter of each word to the end of it, then add "ay" to the end of the word.


'Pig latin is cool' => igPay atinlay siay oolcay
'Hello world' => elloHay orldway

Our solutions

Solution 1

function doKata(str) {
  const arr = str.split(' ');
  const sentence = arr.map((e) => {
    const rest = e.slice(1);
    const first = e[0]
    const suffix = 'ay';
    const word = `${rest}${first}${suffix}`;
    return word;
  }).join(' ');

  return sentence;

Solution 2

const reducer = (acc, curr) => {
  const [first, ...rest] = curr.split('');
  const resWord = [...rest,first, 'ay'].join('');
  return acc = acc ? `${acc} ${resWord}` : resWord;
const doKata => str => str.split(' ').reduce(reducer, '');

Extra exercise

Try to solve the kata adding the following rule: "leave punctuation marks untouched".

'Pig latin is cool' => igPay atinlay siay oolcay
'Hello world' => elloHay orldway
'Hello, world? How are you, world??!' => elloHay, orldway? owHay eraay ouyay, orldway??!

You can post the solution here as a comment. :)

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Hello Raffaele,

Here is my solution :) BTW, I really like, how you solved with array destruction. Well done :)

const strManipulation = (str) => {
  let strArr = str.split(' ');
  const appendStr = 'ay';
  let finalText = "";
  let regex = new RegExp('[^a-zA-Z\d\s: ]', 'g');

  strArr.forEach((item) => {
    let nonAlphabetStartIndex = item.search(regex);
        finalText += `${item.slice(1, nonAlphabetStartIndex)}${item.charAt(0)}${appendStr}${item.slice(nonAlphabetStartIndex)} `;
      finalText += `${item.slice(1)}${item.charAt(0)}${appendStr} `;

  return finalText.trimEnd();