Random name generator

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This is a problem set. Some of these are easy, others are far more difficult. The purpose of these problems sets are:

  1. to build your skill applying computational thinking to a problem
  2. to assess your knowledge and skills of different programming practices

What is this problem set trying to do[edit]

Apply your understanding of computational thinking and programming to a real-world problem.

The Problem[edit]

We have a need to randomly create some realistic-looking names. We need to be able to create N number of names, where N is an integer from 0 to 50000. The names need to be first name, last name.

First names should be between 3 and 7 letters, last names should be between 5 an 15 letters. Names can be built from any real-world cultural context. No klingon names.

Realistic names are generally pronounceable. Realistic names are often common. Your solution must create random names, you may not randomly select a pre-existing name from a list of common names.

I would think about stems of words. For example, many first names might begin with "Ja" followed by something like a "n", "cob", "na", "sper" or a "ke". There are many such common stems in first names and last names.

How you will be assessed[edit]

Your solution will be graded using the following axis:


  • To what extent does your code implement the features required by our specification?
  • To what extent is there evidence of effort?


  • To what extent did your code meet specifications?
  • To what extent did your code meet unit tests?
  • To what extent is your code free of bugs?


  • To what extent is your code written well (i.e. clearly, efficiently, elegantly, and/or logically)?
  • To what extent is your code eliminating repetition?
  • To what extent is your code using functions appropriately?


  • To what extent is your code readable?
  • To what extent is your code commented?
  • To what extent are your variables well named?
  • To what extent do you adhere to style guide?


A possible solution[edit]

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