M. Young's Swift Playground Rendition of the Craps Flowchart

M. Young Leading Swift Playground Craps Flowchart Discussion
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In the iPhone programming class, M. Young came up with an elegant rendition of the Craps flowchart in Swift1 code:

func rollDice()->Int{
   var dice1 = (arc4random() % 5) + 1
   var dice2 = (arc4random() % 5) + 1
   var sum = dice1 + dice2
   return Int(sum)

func playGame() ->Bool{
   var sum = rollDice()
   if(sum == 7 || sum == 11){
      return true //win!
   }else if(sum == 2 || sum == 3 || sum == 12){
      return false //lose!
  }else{ //establish point and play till reach it or bust with a 7
      var point = sum
         var newRoll = rollDice()
         if(newRoll == point){
            return true //win! exits loop
         }else if(newRoll == 7){
            return false //lose! exits loop

var winCount = 0
var lossCount = 0
for i in 1...15000{
   var didWin = playGame()


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CG hated to admit it but this code knocked the ball out of the playground! It even threw in additional functionality to examine the win-loss counts for a large number of games. Well done, M.Young!

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M. Young just finished an impromptu lecture on his Swift playground rendition of the Craps flowchart. It was logical, clear and inspiring. CG may be out of a job....