Chapter 9 - Defined Types

Exercise 1: Defining Methods

In the last chapter’s exercises, we had you write a rectangleInfo function that accepted a rectangle struct value and printed its length and width fields. Convert the rectangleInfo function into an info method on the rectangle type.

package main

import "fmt"

type rectangle struct {
	length float64
	width  float64

// YOUR CODE HERE: Convert this function to a method on
// the "rectangle" type named "info".
func rectangleInfo(r rectangle) {
	fmt.Println("Length:", r.length)
	fmt.Println("Width:", r.width)

func main() {
	var r rectangle
	r.length = 4.2
	r.width = 2.3
	// YOUR CODE HERE: Update this function call to a
	// method call.


Length: 4.2
Width: 2.3

When you’re ready, have a look at our solution.

Exercise 2: Pointer Receivers for Methods

Now see if you can convert last chapter’s makeSquare function to a method on the rectangle type. (That is, calling the makeSquare method on a rectangle value should convert that rectangle to a square.)

Because makeSquare needs to modify its receiver, be sure the receiver parameter has a pointer type. And because both the makeSquare and info methods are on the same type, it would be a good idea to convert info to a pointer receiver as well.


// Convert this function to a method on the "rectangle" type.
func makeSquare(r *rectangle) {
	if r.length > r.width {
		r.length = r.width
	} else {
		r.width = r.length

Here’s our solution.