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Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017

Eloquent JavaScript - Chapter 2 exercises - Fizz Buzz

I'm not saying I will make it through all 22 chapters of "Eloquent JavaScript," by Marijn Haverbeke, but enough people I respect have recommended the book that I'm doing my best to absorb what I can from it.

To that end, I am doing the exercises in the back of each chapter, and I plan on presenting my solutions here.

This entry also serves as a test of the Highlight.js JavaScript library, which I just added to this Ode site for syntax highlighting of code. I'm using the zenburn CSS.

Back to "Eloquent JavaScript." If you don't want any hints, don't go past the blog index. I will only start showing my code after the "read more" portion of each entry.

Before maybe a year ago, I'd never heard of Fizz Buzz, where you write a program that outputs the words Fizz, Buzz or Fizz Buzz depending on whether a number is divisible by 3, by 5 (and not 3) or by 5 and 3.

Fizz Buzz is supposedly used as a programming test in hiring. I was surprised when it was given as the second exercise in Chapter 2

Here is my solution:

/* Eloquent Javascript
Chapter 2
Fizz Buzz exercise

Solution by Steven Rosenberg, Feb. 6, 2017

Write a program that uses console.log to print all the numbers
from 1 to 100 with two exceptions:

For numbers divisible by 3, print "Fizz" instead of the number

For numbers divisible by 5 (and not 3), print "Buzz" instead of the number

Then, for numbers divisible by 5 and 3, print "FizzBuzz"


for (var ourNumber = 1; ourNumber <= 100; ourNumber++) {
  if (ourNumber % 5 === 0 && ourNumber % 3 === 0)
  else if (ourNumber % 5 === 0)
  else if (ourNumber % 3 === 0)

It's a traditional for loop with a series of if/else if/else conditions to print the proper words as determined by using the remainder/modulus operator %.

My C++ class at LA Valley College prepared me well for this kind of problem, so it was a matter of placing the statements in the proper order, with the most restrictive condition (Fizz Buzz) coming before the less restrictive Fizz and Buzz.

I used === even though == would have sufficed.