IT 117: Intermediate Scripting
Homework 2


Due Sunday, September 17th at 11:59 PM

Deliverables

There is one deliverable for this assignment: It must be in an hw2 directory, which you must create inside a hw directory inside you it117 directory.

Make sure the script obeys all the rules in the Script Requirements page.

To test this script you must copy into your hw2 directory the file red_sox.txt from /home/ghoffman/course_files/it117_files.

Specification

Create the function team_average which has the following header
def team_average(filename):
This function will return the average number of games won by the Red Sox from a text file with entries like this
2011-07-02      Red Sox @  Astros       Win 7-5
2011-07-03      Red Sox @  Astros       Win 2-1
2011-07-04      Red Sox vs Blue Jays    Loss 7-9
This function should create a file object for the file whose name is given by the parameter filename.

If the file cannot be opened, use a try/except statement to print an error message and don't do any further work on the file.

The function will count the number of lines and the number of games the Red Sox won and use these values to compute the average games won by the team.

This average should be expressed as an integer.

Your hw2.py file must contain the following test code at the bottom of the file
team_average('xxxxxxx')
print(team_average('red_sox.txt'))

Suggestions

Write this program in a step-by-step fashion using the technique of incremental development.

In other words, write a bit of code, test it, make whatever changes you need to get it working, and go on to the next step.
  1. Write the function code to open the file for reading. This code should print an error message and exit the function if the file cannot be opened for reading.
  2. Modify the function so it prints out the lines of the file.
  3. Modify the function to use the split string method to create a list from the from the different fields in a line. Print this list.
  4. For each line, get the value of the won/lost field and print it.
    This field is second to last entry in the list you created by using the split method.
    The lists will have different lengths, since some team have a single word as their name, and others have two words, e.g. White Sox.
    The easiest way to get the second to last field is to use a negative index.
  5. Count the number of lines in the file and return that number.
  6. Count the number of wins and return that number.
  7. Return the average as an integer percent.

Testing

When you run this script, you should see
Error: Unable to open xxxxxxx
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Be sure to run this script on the Unix machine so you know it works in the environment in which I will run it when I score your homework.