My family has an e-commerce business. On our own site, we force people to choose their state from a dropdown menu when they enter their address, but through some other channels we use, customers can enter anything they want into the box.
My mom loves the invoice templates I made for her, which are automagically generated. But because they're so pretty and balanced, she can't stand it when people WRITE OUT the names of their states, or worse, write something like "new jersey." She says it ruins the look.
My dad likes code to be lightweight. So rather than using a switch-case block, he wants a leaner solution.
So the challenge is to make a short function that takes the possible inputs and returns a two letter abbreviation (capitalized, for Mom). We're going to make a (faulty) assumption that our users can spell and always put a space in the name (where needed) or pass in the correct abbreviation. The scope is the 50 US states.
- New York
- new york
are all acceptable inputs for New York, and should output NY.
If something like New Yrok is passed in, the function can return the original value.
You can use any common language. This is a popularity contest, so the one with the most votes at the end of a week wins. I assume that this will favor novelty and utility.
EDIT: The description is story fluff, but I was working a similar project and thought that there must be a more interesting way to do it. I can do the project myself (already did) but I thought this was a good place for a more interesting challenge. By "Any common language" I was excluding custom languages/libraries designed for this challenge - I was trying to look for novel methods, rather than free code help. I figure everyone has done this at some point, but it would be fun to do it in an unusual way. I find that the most interesting projects are the ones where you tackle everyday tasks in new and interesting ways - that's why this is a popularity contest rather than golf.