Daily Challenge #46 - ???

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Today's challenge requires you to write a function which removes all question marks from a given string.

For example: hello? would be hello

This challenge comes from aikedaa here on DEV.

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I'll do:

echo $string | sed 's/?//g'



Hey there! Nice to see some bash users here.

You can even use bash without sed using this little trick:

#!/usr/bin/env bash


echo $string # "??hello??"
echo ${string//\?/} # "hello"

Try it online.

See Manipulating String.


Are you aware of the fish shell? I guess that you're pro+ in the bash, so I can't know about that. If not, check it out. You'll like that! It's a fully auto comopletion shell that is perfect for the home users. For scripts you'll still have to use bash though (ot tcsh, zsh whatsoever....) :)
If not you, hope so somebody will find it useful.

I've never had the courage to deep dive into the Fish shell honestly but your comment gave me some strength. I'll fire up a Docker container to test it out. Added to my ToDo list! Thanks.


sed is overkill. Try tr:

echo "why not use tr?" | tr -d '?'

Yap, he is right :)
I'm not yet a Senior developer.


ruby <3

def remove_question_marks(s)
  s |> delete ??

Ha, you probably confused some people there, especially with the character literal.


I love weird Ruby syntax😆

TIPS: ?? is known as character literal notation

I know, that's why I wrote "especially with the character literal" ;-)

Other literals many people don't know are rational numbers (4/3r) and complex numbers (3+2i).

I see. Also % literal is my favorite string literal :)

s = %
here is string, the delimiter is \\n

puts s


Here is my take to the challenge:

function removeQuestionMarks(input) {
  if (typeof input !== "string") {
    throw new TypeError("First argument expected to be a string");

  return input.split("?").join("");

// "hello"

console.log(removeQuestionMarks("hmm? hello??"));
// "hmm hello"

console.log(removeQuestionMarks("hmm? hello?? can i speak to the manager?"));
// "hmm hello can i speak to the manager"

console.log(removeQuestionMarks("?? is anybody there???"));
// " is anybody there"


Available online.


By the name of the title in my notifications, I really though that the challenge would be to write a challenge and submit the best to the Dev.to team as they were running out of ideas. Haha!


By the name of the title in my notifications, I really though that the challenge would be to write a challenge and submit the best to the Dev.to team as they were running out of ideas. Haha!

Please submit challenge ideas! Simply email yo+challenge@dev.to with any proposals and we'll give you credit when we post it :)


Tomorrows challenge:

Write a random challenge generator!


Oh, sounds sexy. I love it! Haha.


x86_64 assembly (System V ABI, GNU assembler), as usual:


    .global bsure

    xor %eax, %eax
    mov (%rsi), %cl

    cmp $63, %cl # '?'
    je skip

    mov %cl, (%rdi)
    inc %rdi
    inc %rax
    inc %rsi

    cmp $0, %cl
    jne loop



 * bsure - remove question marks from a string
 * if dst and src overlap (or match), that's fine
 * returns the number of bytes copied (including the null byte).
size_t bsure(char *dst, char *src);


const removeQuestionMark = string => string.replace(/\?/g, '')

Called as:

removeQuestionMark('Will this work???') // yes

Important to note, this will also remove the first escape characters (\) and output newlines in template literals as \n



fn no_questions (s: &str) -> String {
    s.chars().filter(|&c| c != '?').collect()



... 😐

I mean... that's not even a function to write. It's a function to call.


"What is this? What's happening??" |> String.replace("?", "")


"What is this? What's happening??".gsub("?", "")


"What is this? What's happening??".replace(/\?/g, "")


echo "What is this? What's happening??" | sed s/\?//g

Okay, I'll bite and imagine that Carmen Sandiego has stolen all the regular expressions!

defmodule DarnYouCarmen do
  # Quick, destroy the question marks before she steals them, too!
  def whats_a_question(string, processed \\ [])
  def whats_a_question("", processed), do: IO.chardata_to_binary(processed)
  def whats_a_question("?"<>string, processed), do: whats_a_question(string, processed)
  def whats_a_question(<<next :: utf8>> <> string, processed), do: whats_a_question(string, [processed, next]

DarnYouCarmen.whats_a_question("What is this? What's happening??")
# "What is this What's happening"
// CharacterRemover.java

package org.stringops.questionmarkremover;

public interface CharacterRemover {
     * TODO
     * @param String source TODO
     * @return String TODO
    public String removeCharacter(String source);
// CharacterRemoverFactory.java

package org.stringops.questionmarkremover;

public interface CharacterRemoverFactory {
     * TODO
     * @return CharacterRemover TODO
    public CharacterRemover createCharacterRemover();
// QuestionMarkRemover.java

package org.stringops.questionmarkremover;

import java.io.StringReader;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;
import java.io.ByteArrayOutputStream;
import java.io.IOException;

public class QuestionMarkRemover implements CharacterRemover {
     * TODO
     * @param String source TODO
     * @return String TODO
    public String removeCharacter(String source) {
        StringReader reader = new StringReader(source);
        ByteArrayOutputStream outputStream = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
        try {
            int dataFromReader = reader.read();
            while (dataFromReader != -1) {
                if (dataFromReader != '?') {
                dataFromReader = reader.read();
        } catch (IOException e) {
            // TODO: handle the exception
        byte[] byteArray = outputStream.toByteArray();
        return new String(byteArray);
// QuestionMarkRemoverFactory.java

package org.stringops.questionmarkremover;

public class QuestionMarkRemoverFactory implements CharacterRemoverFactory {
     * TODO
     * @return CharacterRemover TODO
    public CharacterRemover createCharacterRemover() {
        return new QuestionMarkRemover();

And to use it:

import org.stringops.questionmarkremover.*;

public class App {
     * TODO
     * @param String[] args TODO
     * @return void TODO
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        CharacterRemoverFactory characterRemoverFactory = new QuestionMarkRemoverFactory();
        CharacterRemover characterRemover = characterRemoverFactory.createCharacterRemover();

private static final OpinionAboutJava opinionAboutJava = OpinionAboutJavaFactory.getOpinionAboutJava("ugh...");


You need to create an instance of the OpinionAboutJavaFactory! You can just have a static getOpinionAboutJava method! Now your code is not SOLID!



def no_more_questions(string)
  string.gsub("?", "")


function noMoreQM(input)
  return input.replace(/\?/g, '');

Uses a simple regular expressions with the global (g) modifier to find all the ? (this needs to be escaped in a regular expression, so \?) and replace them with the empty string ''.



str_replace('?', '', $string) 

Hey there! Awesome to see some PHP users. PHP IS NOT DEAD! Haha.

But you are halfway done buddy!

Today's challenge requires you to write a function which removes all question marks from a given string.


okay okay let's do a wrapper function then :D

function myOwnStrReplaceBecauseIDontLikeSnakeCase($string) {
  return str_replace('?', '', $string);

That function name tho. haha!


Perl solution:

my $str = 'a?b?c?';
say $str =~ tr/?//dr;

The tr operator works like the tr shell util. /d means non-replaced characters are deleted, /r returns the value instead of modifying the bound variable.


Even though this is a simple one - it's really interesting to see all of the different ways you can do it!

But I agree with Josh - it's built into most languages :)

str.replace("?", "")

This one works for me. Since Bash doesn't support the global flag for regular expressions I had to iterate over the input string...

removeQuestionMark () {
    while read -n 1 char ; do
        if [ "$char" != "?" ] ; then
    done <<< $1
    echo $result

removeQuestionMark "h?e?l?l?o?" # prints "hello"

"the global flag in regular expression"
You've got regex for search in bash and regex for replace.
For replace, you've got sed. Are you familiar with sed? People usually skip it when learning bash for themselves on their own.

I intentionally avoided using sed this time, wanted to implement it with "pure" Bash. Using sed the implementation, of course, becomes much shorter.



removeQuestionMarks :: String -> String
removeQuestionMarks = filter (/='?') 

Similar in Elm (but we have to use wrapping parenthesis for binary operators).

removeQuestionMarks : String -> String
removeQuestionMarks = String.filter ((/=) '?')
const questionToStatememt = str => str.replace(/\?+/g, '')

My solution in js

const removeQuestionMark = (str) => str.replace(/\?/gi, '');
const removeQuestionMarks = str => str.replace(/\?+/g,'');


$string = "Some string with question marks??!!";
echo $string = str_replace("?", "", $string);

Well, since we're doing cmd things...

read s; echo "${s//\?/}"

(bash on mac)

System.out.println("??he?llo".replace("?", " "));




def remove_(text):  return text.replace('?','')


As simple as it sounds, in python :

lambda s : re.sub(r'\?','', s)