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Daily Challenge #75 - Set Alarm

Write a function named setAlarm which receives two parameters. The first parameter, employed, is true whenever you are employed and the second parameter, vacation is true whenever you are on vacation.

The function should return true if you are employed and not on vacation (because these are the circumstances under which you need to set an alarm). It should return false otherwise.


setalarm(true, true) -> false
setalarm(false, true) -> false
setalarm(false, false) -> false
setalarm(true, false) -> true

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Top comments (20)

willsmart profile image

How about prolog?
A file with one fact should do it...


To run..

> gprolog --consult-file
GNU Prolog 1.4.5 (64 bits)
Compiled Aug 20 2018, 15:27:00 with clang
By Daniel Diaz
Copyright (C) 1999-2018 Daniel Diaz
compiling /Users/Will/ for byte code...
/Users/Will/ compiled, 1 lines read - 257 bytes written, 4 ms
| ?- setAlarm(false,false).

| ?- setAlarm(false,true).

| ?- setAlarm(true,false).

| ?- setAlarm(true,true).

not_jffrydsr profile image

Prolog still scares me . . . not its syntax, but seemingly untapped potential.

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Zohar Peled • Edited

I'm sorry, but it seems like you've lost the challenge somewhere.

At first I thought I've probably missed something, but then I saw the comments and realized it wasn't me, it was whoever came up with this challenge.

If I may offer a twist - Do it in a language you've never worked with before.
I'll take Scala for a ride on this one:

object challenge {
   def setAlarm( employed:Boolean, vacation:Boolean ) : Boolean = {
      return employed && !vacation

Nope, sorry, still too easy.

thejessleigh profile image
jess unrein


public class Employment
  private static boolean setAlarm(boolean employed, boolean vacation) {
    return employed && !vacation;

  public static void main(String[] args)
    System.out.println(setAlarm(false, false));
    System.out.println(setAlarm(false, true));
    System.out.println(setAlarm(true, true));
    System.out.println(setAlarm(true, false));
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jess unrein • Edited

Python with optional typing indicators and tests

def set_alarm(employed: bool, vacation: bool) -> bool:
  return employed and not vacation

assert not set_alarm(True, True)
assert not set_alarm(False, True)
assert not set_alarm(False, False)
assert set_alarm(True, False)

brightone profile image
Oleksii Filonenko • Edited

x86-64 assembly (NASM syntax):

section .text
global set_alarm
    mov rax, rsi
    not rax
    and rax, rdi
aminnairi profile image


setAlarm : Bool -> Bool -> Bool
setAlarm employed onVacation =
    case (employed, onVacation) of
        (True, False) ->

        _ ->


module SetAlarm exposing (setAlarm)

This will expose our only function setAlarm to the outside world (used in our tests, see below).

setAlarm : Bool -> Bool -> Bool
setAlarm employed onVacation =

This will define a function named setAlarm. It takes three parameters. Which are all three booleans.

    case (employed, onVacation) of

We wrap our two parameters into a tuple. That way we can easily work with pattern matching.


module SetAlarmTest exposing (suite)

import Expect exposing (equal)
import SetAlarm exposing (setAlarm)
import Test exposing (Test, describe, test)

suite : Test
suite =
    describe "Set alarm"
        [ test "It should return true when employed and not on vacation" <| \_ -> equal True <| setAlarm True False
        , test "It should return true when unemployed and not on vacation" <| \_ -> equal False <| setAlarm False False
        , test "It should return true when employed and on vacation" <| \_ -> equal False <| setAlarm True True
        , test "It should return true when unemployed and on vacation" <| \_ -> equal False <| setAlarm False True
not_jffrydsr profile image

crackin' out the ol' Clojure 🤔

(ns dailyChallenge.seventyFive)

(defn- setAlarm [& {:keys [employed? vacation?]}]
  "A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've
   been taking - Wise Man #42"
    (and employed? vacation?) false
    (and employed? (not vacation?)) true))

don't test me 😗

(deftest sunrise_mutha_fcka
 (is (= true (setAlarm :employed? true :vacation? false))
 (is (= false (and
                (setAlarm :employed? false :vacation? false)
                (setAlarm :employed? true :vacation? true) 
                (setAlarm :employed? false :vacation? true)))))
                  ;;i don't know if you can be unemployed and temporarily away 
                  ;;from work | in fact, you can't. 🤔🤔🤔

(run-tests 'dailyChallenge.seventyFive)

at least with named non-positional parameters . . .

. . . there's less confusion about how silly this is 😂

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K.V.Harish • Edited

My solution in js

const setAlarm = (employed = true, vacation = true) => employed && !vacation;

No prior experience in Python just wanted to give it a try. Like it :) Going to spend more time on the docs in the coming days.

My solution in Python

def setAlarm(employed = True, onVacation = True):
  return employed and not onVacation
fennecdjay profile image
Jérémie Astor • Edited

in Gwion.
Using the newly implemented pattern matching ability.

fun int setalarm(const bool employed, const bool vacation) {
  match employed {
    case true: return !vacation;
    case _: return false;

<<< setalarm(true, true) >>>;
<<< setalarm(false, true) >>>;
<<< setalarm(false, true) >>>;
<<< setalarm(true, false) >>>;

I should implement implicit casting from bool to int and vice-versa.

EDIT: done and working.


  • set ! operator as boolean, which hopefully makes more sense
  • demonstrate (very) bad git usage 😕
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karthick rajan • Edited

Solved On Purescript

setAlarm :: Boolean -> Boolean -> Boolean
setAlarm employed vacation =
   case (Tuple employed vacation) of
     (Tuple true false) ->

     (Tuple _ _) ->
terabytetiger profile image
Tyler V. (he/him) • Edited


setAlarm(employed, onVacation) => employed && !onVacation
brightone profile image
Oleksii Filonenko


def set_alarm(true, false), do: true
def set_alarm(_, _), do: false
vinniew1rus profile image
Vinnie • Edited


const setalarm = (e,v) => e && !v;
avalander profile image
Avalander • Edited


set_alarm :: Bool -> Bool -> Bool
set_alarm True False = True
set_alarm a b        = False
pmkroeker profile image

In go:

func setAlarm(e, v bool) bool {
    return e && !v

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