1.3 Converting Temperatures: "convert.ss"
The teachpack convert.rkt provides three functions for converting Fahrenheit temperatures to Celsius. It is useful for a single exercise in HtDP. Its purpose is to demonstrate the independence of “form” (user interface) and “function” (also known as “model”).
(convert-gui convert) → true convert : (-> number? number?)
Consumes a conversion function from Fahrenheit to Celsius and creates a graphical user interface with two rulers, which users can use to convert temperatures according to the given temperature conversion function.
(convert-repl convert) → true convert : (-> number? number?)
Consumes a conversion function from Fahrenheit to Celsius and then starts a read-evaluate-print loop. The loop prompts users to enter a number and then converts the number according to the given temperature conversion function. A user can exit the loop by entering “x.”
Consumes a file name in, a conversion function from Fahrenheit to Celsius, and a string out. The program then reads all the number from in, converts them according to convert, and prints the results to the newly created file out.
Warning: If out already exists, it is deleted.
Example: Create a file with name "in.dat" with some numbers in it, using your favorite text editor on your computer. Define a function f2c in the Definitions window and set teachpack to "convert.rkt" and click Run. Then evaluate
(convert-gui f2c) ; and (convert-file "in.dat" f2c "out.dat") ; and (convert-repl f2c)
Finally inspect the file "out.dat" and use the repl to check the answers.