Manhattan Distance Kata


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Manhattan Distance

Manhattan distance is the distance between two points in a grid (like the grid-like street geography of the New York borough of Manhattan) calculated by only taking a vertical and/or horizontal path.

Write a function int manhattanDistance(Point, Point) that returns the Manhattan Distance between the two points.


  • The class Point is immutable (its state cannot be changed after instantiation)
  • The class Point has no Getters
  • The class Point has no public properties (i.e. the internal state cannot be read from outside the class).

Starting Points

C++, C#, Clojure, D, Elixir, F#, Go, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Kotlin, PHP, Python, ReScript, Ruby, Rust, Scala, TypeScript

Clojure, CoffeeScript, C++, C#, Erlang, Groovy, Intercal, Java, JavaScript, Lisp, PHP, Ruby, Scala

Image credits

Image by Egga. It shows an exemplary flip chart to facilitate the kata.