First Coding Dojo: Gilded Rose
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Coding Dojo 1: Gilded Rose

This Dojo revolves around extending the code provided in the current repository through refactoring and TDD.

Quick setup

Using the browser based spec runner

You do not need anything except cloning the repository:

git clone

Using the node based spec runner (command line)

Checkout the node branch and install:

git clone -b node

Go to ; Download the package and install it.

Go to the cloned repository:

npm install -g mocha

Run the specs with the following command:

mocha -u bdd -w -r chai lib/ specs/

The specification

Hi and welcome to team Gilded Rose.

As you know, we are a small inn with a prime location in a prominent city ran by a friendly innkeeper named Allison. We also buy and sell only the finest goods. Unfortunately, our goods are constantly degrading in quality as they approach their sell by date.

We have a system in place that updates our inventory for us. It was developed by a no-nonsense type named Leeroy, who has moved on to new adventures. Your task is to add the new feature to our system so that we can begin selling a new category of items.

First an introduction to our system:

  1. All items have a sell_in value which denotes the number of days we have to sell the item
  2. All items have a quality value which denotes how valuable the item is
  3. At the end of each day our system lowers both values for every item

Pretty simple, right? Well this is where it gets interesting:

  1. Once the sell_in days is less then zero, quality degrades twice as fast
  2. The quality of an item is never negative
  3. "Aged Brie" actually increases in quality the older it gets
  4. The quality of an item is never more than 50
  5. "Sulfuras", being a legendary item, never has to be sold nor does it decrease in quality
  6. "Backstage passes", like aged brie, increases in quality as it's sell_in value decreases; quality increases by 2 when there are 10 days or less and by 3 when there are 5 days or less but quality drops to 0 after the concert

We have recently signed a supplier of conjured items. This requires an update to our system:

  • "Conjured" items degrade in quality twice as fast as normal items

Feel free to make any changes to the update_quality method and add any new code as long as everything still works correctly. However, do not alter the Item class or items property as those belong to the goblin in the corner who will insta-rage and one-shot you as he doesn't believe in shared code ownership.

Just for clarification, an item can never have its quality increase above 50, however "Sulfuras" is a legendary item and as such its quality is 80 and it never alters.