The learning of most programming languages revolve around some key concepts.  Conditions (if/then) and loops. Now with loops they come in two forms, do something while something is true (a while loop) and do something for a predetermined number of times (the for loop).

Now I need a good Christmassy excuse to do a demo. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a good one as far as I’m concerned.

As scripts go it’s rather simple, two lists and two for loops.

So the first list deals with the day that my true love gave me something:

var dayname = List("First", "Second", "Third", "Fourth", "Fifth", "Sixth", "Seventh", "Eighth", "Nineth", "Tenth", "Eleventh", "Twelth")

The second list are the items that she decided to give:

var truelove = List("A Partridge in a pear tree", "Two turtle doves and a", "Three French Hens","Four Colly birds","Five Gold Rings","Six Geese-a-laying","Seven Swans-a-Swimming","Eight Maids-a-milking","Nine ladies dancing","Ten Lords-a-leaping","Eleven Pipers piping","Twelve Drummers drumming")

So that’s our data dealt with, just need a way to show it.  We know for fact there are twelve days of Christmas (the title of the song is a good indication) so let’s start there:

for(h <- 1 to 12) {        println("On the " + dayname(h-1) + " day of Christmas my true love gave to me")        for(i <- h to 1 by -1) {             println(truelove(i-1))        }        println()}

The first for loop deals with the days, the second takes the day and shows the items that my true love gave to me on that day.

So we end up with….

jason-bells-mac:12days jasonbell$ scala 12days.scala 

On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Third day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eight Maids-a-milking

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Nineth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Nine ladies dancing

Eight Maids-a-milking

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Ten Lords-a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight Maids-a-milking

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eleven Pipers piping

Ten Lords-a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight Maids-a-milking

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

 

On the Twelth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Twelve Drummers drumming

Eleven Pipers piping

Ten Lords-a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight Maids-a-milking

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Six Geese-a-laying

Five Gold Rings

Four Colly birds

Three French Hens

Two turtle doves and a

A Partridge in a pear tree

I’m not putting this up on github, there’s no point 🙂 
Have a great Christmas no doubt there’ll be a post or two before the new year.

All the best
Jase

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