Goal: write a game to play “rock, paper, scissors”
The user chooses one of these, the computer chooses the other
Program prints computer’s selection, who wins
At end, computer prints number of games human won and it won
ask user for choice
if quit, exit loop
computer selects one
select winner and increment win count
print number of games user won, computer won, ties
Part #1: Data
Represent the rock, paper, scissors using strings: “rock”, “paper”, “scissors” (sequence things)
Represent commands as strings as above, plus “quit” (sequence cmdlist)
Store the scores in a dictionary with keys “user”, “computer”, “tie” and integer values (initially set to 0)
Part #2: Functions
Part #3: Refine algorithm
userchoice = getuser();
if (userchoice == quit):
compchoice = getcomp();
winner = whowins(userchoice, compchoice)
score[winner] += 1
print You won, score[“user”], game(s), the computer won, score[“computer”], game(s)
print and you tied, score[“tie”], game(s)
Represent (object1, object2) where object1 beats object2 as list of tuples, winlist. To see if user won, see if the (user-chosen object, computer-chosen object) tuple is in that list.
This leads to rps-prog1.py:
def whowins(user, comp): if user == comp: win = "tie" elif (user, comp) in winlist: win = "user" else: win = "computer" return win
Given the three objects in the sequence things, choose randomly.
This leads to rps-prog2.py:
def getcomp(): pick = random.choice(things) print("Computer picks", pick) return pick
Loop until you get a valid input. If the user types an end of file (control-d) or an interrupt (control-c), act as though the user typed “quit”; report any other exceptions and then act as though the user typed “quit”.
This leads to rps-prog3.py:
def getuser(): while True: try: n = input("Human: enter rock, paper, scissors, quit: ") except (EOFError, KeyboardInterrupt): n = "quit" break except Exception as msg: print("Unknown exception:", msg, "– quitting") n = "quit" break *** check input *** return n
To check input, we need to be sure it’s a valid command, so see if it’s in cmdlist:
if n not in cmdlist: print("Bad input; try again") else: break
Put these together to get the user input routine.
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Version of February 23, 2019 at 2:37PM