Re: Help with Deck of cards assignment and getting it to deal...

Eric Sosman <esosman@comcast-dot-net.invalid>
Sun, 03 Aug 2014 17:05:28 -0400
On 8/3/2014 4:01 PM, Jeff Higgins wrote:

On 08/03/2014 03:45 PM, Jeff Higgins wrote:

On 08/03/2014 03:00 PM, Eric Sosman wrote:

     Given the variety of card games, Comparable is a wrong-headed
approach for ranks, for suits, and even for hands.

Perhaps, but just for my own enlightenment, allow me one more interface
and then describe a *simple* game that that cannot be implemented given
the provided interfaces.

package scratch;

import java.util.Collection;

  * A Card game controller.
  * While we have hands to play, compare hands.
  * @author jeff
public interface Ruler extends Iterable<Ruler>,
Comparable<Collection<Card>> {


Well, that could probably have been done better but you get my drift.

     I think so. However, I've already mentioned the "high-low" types
of Poker, where a single hand can be both higher and lower than another.
I gave one example upthread; here's another:

     With Aces high, A A A 7 7 is a "full house," a very strong hand.
It is just a little bit stronger than K K K J J, another full house,
because when two full houses meet they are ranked by their triples:
In this case, AAA beats KKK so the first hand is higher. But play
the Aces low instead, and now KKK beats AAA so the second hand is
higher. If the deal's final showdown involved these two hands, the
first could be *both* high and low, and win the entire pot by
trapping the second hand "in between."

     Your challenge, then, should you choose to accept it: Write a
compareTo() method for which AAA77.compareTo(KKKJJ) returns a
value that is simultaneously positive and negative. Maybe when
quantum computing comes of age ...

     Yes, okay, I see your "*simple*" -- but I reject it as weasel-
wording: Confronted with a game for which your approach won't work,
you could just say "Oh, but that's not *simple* in the way I choose
to define it." Problem-avoidance is a viable strategy sometimes, but
it shouldn't be mistaken for problem-solving.


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