CS 150 - Prelab 6

Due: Friday 4/7 at the beginning of lab

For our lab, we're going to be writing a version of the word guessing game "Hangman." For those who haven't played it before you can find many versions of it online or you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

For this lab and the prelab, you may work with a partner. You must both be there whenever you are working on the assignment material.


The handout for the lab this Friday is on the longer side. To make sure that you can get started on the lab and make some progress on Friday, read through the entire lab assignment before coming to class on Friday.

A demo

To get you familiar with what you'll be implementing for your assignment this week, I've provided you with an example program to run. Play with it a little bit before Friday. Note this will only work in MBH 505. To run it: You do not need to turn anything in for this section of the prelab.


If you type:
>>> help(set)
and then look at the first few things it prints out, you'll see that the set class has two "constructors"
set() -> new empty set object
set(iterable) -> new set object
that is, two ways for creating new set objects. The first is used to create a new empty set. The second we've used with lists and strings to create new sets with some initial values.

The definition for this second constructor says that it takes as a parameter an object that is iterable. Some classes/objects are iterable and some are not. iterable classes/objects contain functionality that allow us to iterate over the elements in the list. For example, we can iterate over the items in an iterable object using a for loop:

for item in data:
data could be any iterable item. strings, lists and sets are all iterable, so we could assign any of these to data above and the loop would work (try it out if you're curious). Similarly, since the second constructor to set takes something that is iterable we could use any of these to create a new set. This should explains why when we create a set from a string, as in set("abcd") we get a set consisting of the four characters in the string and not the string itself.

Once you're comfortable with this idea, write a function called iterable_to_string that takes a single parameter, which is some iterable object, and returns a string consisting of each item in the iterable object converted to a string using str and concatenated together, separated by a space. For example, here are a few calls to this function:

>>> iterable_to_string("abcd")
'a b c d '
>>> iterable_to_string([4, 3, 2, 1])
'4 3 2 1 '
>>> iterable_to_string(set([4, 3, 2, 1]))
'1 2 3 4 '
Notice that all of the strings returned actually have a space at the end as well. Your function doesn't have to do this, however, it's fine if it does (an easy way to implement this function results in that behavior).

Turn in your code for this function on a piece of paper with your name on it for your prelab. (If you are working with a partner, only hand in one sheet with both names on it.) This is the only thing you are required to turn in for the prelab this time.