- Model-View-Controller [5 points]
- Checker Framework Required Changes
- Problem 1: Parsing the Data [55 points with Problems 2 & 3]
- Problem 2: The Model [55 points with Problems 1 & 3]
- Problem 3: The Controller and View [55 points with Problems 1 & 2]
- Problem 4: Testing [10 points]
- Checker Framework EXTRA CREDIT
- What to Turn In
It is sometimes difficult to navigate the 643 acres of the UW campus. To address this problem, UW Marketing has commissioned you to build a route-finding tool. It will take the names of two buildings and generate directions for the shortest walking route between them, using your graph ADT to represent buildings and pathways on campus. For now, you will provide a simple text interface, and on the next homework you will write a graphical user interface (GUI). For this homework, you will be writing a complete application runnable from the command line through a
In this assignment, you should continue to practice modular design and writing code for reuse. As before, you get to choose what classes to write and what data and methods each should have. You will also get experience using the model-view-controller design pattern, and in Homework 9 you will reuse your model with a more sophisticated view and controller.
For organization, this assignment contains one “problem” for each logical component you will write. The order of the problems is not meant to suggest an order of implementation. You will certainly want to design the whole system before attempting to implement any part. As always, you should also develop incrementally, which may mean repeatedly writing a bit of all the parts and verifying that they work together.
As you design and implement your solution, list which parts of your code belong to the model, the view, the controller, or none of the above in
hw8/answers.txt. Often this can be on a per-class level, but when a class implements both the view and controller, you must indicate which methods or lines logically represent the view and which represent the controller. Be sure to list ALL classes you write for Homework 8. This should just be a list though, no sentences needed.
The model consists of the classes that represent data, as well as the classes that load, store, look up, or operate on data. These classes know nothing about what information is displayed to the user and how it is formatted. Rather, the model exposes observer methods the view can call to get the information it needs.
In general, functionality of a model includes:
- Reading data from the data source (text file, database, etc.) to an in-memory representation
- Storing data while the program is running
- Providing methods for the view to access data
- Performing computations or operations involving the data and returning the result
- Updating the in-memory state (if the application allows the user to modify data)
- Writing to the data source (text file, database, etc.)
The view implements the user interface. It should store as little data and perform as little computation as possible; instead, it should rely on the model for data storage and manipulation. The view decides how the user sees and interacts with this data.
The view answers questions like: Does the user interact with a text interface or a GUI? What does the user type and/or click to get directions from CSE to Odegaard? How are those directions formatted for display? What message does the user see upon requesting directions to an unknown building?
The controller listens to user input. Based on the user’s keystrokes, mouse clicks, etc., the controller determines his/her intentions and dispatches to the appropriate methods in the model or view.
For a simple interface like in this assignment, the view and controller may be intermingled somewhat in code. Don’t worry too much about the separation there; the key point for now is that the model is cleanly separated and reusable.
Avoid the temptation to create an oversized “god class” that does everything for the model. The model may contain multiple classes, and the view can interact with multiple classes in the model. Most of the time, any class that exists solely to represent data is part of the model. For this assignment, you will likely choose to have one central model class that manages the graph and does most of the heavy lifting, but you will likely also want some smaller objects that encapsulate related data. Some of these objects might be returned to the view so it can access their data directly, avoiding the “god class” scenario; others might be used only internally within the model.
Your model should be completely independent of the view (UI), which means it shouldn’t know or decide how data is displayed. The model does know something about what data and operations the application needs, and it should provide methods to access them; however, it shouldn’t return strings tailored to a particular view and definitely should not print anything. Imagine replacing your text UI with a GUI or a Spanish/Mandarin/Klingon text UI (but with the same English building names) and ask yourself: is my model reusable with this new view?
On the flip side, a client (such as the view) doesn’t know anything about how the model stores data internally. Someone writing a view for your application should only know that the model somehow stores information about buildings and paths on campus and should only interact with the data at this level. In other words, the public interface of the model should give no indication that this data is represented internally as a graph. That level of detail is irrelevant to the view, and revealing it publicly means the model implementation can no longer change without potentially breaking view code.
Please follow the required checker framework steps as done in homework 7 by adding the @SuppressWarnings(“nullness”) annotations to any .java files you create. Please remember to run ant validate on attu to make sure you have done this on all necessary files.
We have added four files to
src/hw8/data: two plain-text data files to be parsed by your application,
campus_paths.dat, and two images depicting the data from these files,
.dat files are plain-text files that can be opened in any text editor. Their format is described below. The image
campus_map.jpg is a standard map of campus, while
campus_routes.jpg is an image with the same proportions but containing only lines for walking paths and labels for some buildings. You will not directly use these images in your program; they are provided as an optional reference to help you understand what the data represents and to verify your path output.
As usual, your program should look for files using relative filenames starting with
src, such as
src/hw8/data/campus_buildings.dat. (If you are running your program from the command line rather than from Eclipse, recall that Homework 6 has instructions on how to launch your program so that it finds files using this path.)
You will write a parser to load the data from these files into memory. You may use
MarvelParser.java as a general example of how to read and parse a file, keeping in mind that the campus data files are structured differently from the Marvel data file.
campus_buildings.dat lists all buildings on campus that were known at the time the data files were created. Each line has four tab-separated fields:
shortName longName x y
where shortName is the abbreviated name of a building, longName is the full name of a building, and (x,y) is the location of the building’s entrance in pixels on
campus_map.jpg. Some buildings have two entrances, which are listed as separate entries with unique abbreviated and full names. There may be spaces in the long name and/or short name of a building.
campus_paths.dat defines straight-line segments of walking paths. For each endpoint of a path segment, there is a line in the file listing the pixel coordinates of that point in
campus_map.jpg, followed by a tab-indented line for each endpoint to which it is connected with a path segment. Each indented line lists the coordinates of the other endpoint and the distance of the segment between them in feet. Thus, the structure is as follows:
x1,y1 x2,y2: distance12 x3,y3: distance13 ... ... xi,yi xj,yj: distanceij ...
where distanceij is the distance from (xi,yi) to (xj,yj). There is no relationship among points on consecutive indented lines: they are all connected with a path segment to the point on the previous non-indented line, but they are not necessarily connected to each other.
You may assume that there are no duplicate non-indented lines in the file.
Some endpoints are building entrances and will match the coordinates of an entry in
campus_buildings.txt, but most are not. The dataset lists only outdoor paths, to ensure (for example) that the paths work even if it’s midnight, all the buildings are locked, and you’re being chased by a zombie so you really need the shortest path.
As described above, the model handles the data and contains the major logic and computation of your program. For this assignment, a key function of the model will be finding the shortest walking route between buildings. This can be accomplished by using Dijkstra’s algorithm to find a shortest path in the graph, where edge weights represent the physical length of a route segment.
On this homework, you will write a simple text interface. When the program is launched through the
main method, it repeatedly prompts the user for one of the following one-character commands:
- b lists all buildings in the form
abbreviated name: long name. Buildings are listed in alphabetical order of abbreviated name.
- r prompts the user for the abbreviated names of two buildings and prints directions for the shortest route between them.
- q quits the program. (Note: this command should simply cause the main method to return. Calling
System.exitto terminate the program will break the specification tests.)
- m prints a menu of all commands.
To support the test scripts you will write later, your program should simply echo empty lines or lines beginning with # to
System.out. It should not attempt to process these lines as commands and should not reprint the usual prompt for a command after printing the line.
Otherwise, when an unknown command is received the program prints the line
We have provided the output from a sample run of our solution in
hw8/sample_output.txt. This file reflects the exact appearance of the console window after running the program, and includes both user input and program output. If you run your program with the user input in the file, the state of the console should match the file contents exactly (including whitespace). The sample file and the descriptions below, taken together, should completely specify the output format of your program.
Route directions start with
Path from Building 1 to Building 2:
where Building 1 and Building 2 are the full names of the two buildings specified by the user. Route directions are then printed with one line per path segment. Each line is indented with a single tab and reads:
Walk dist feet direction to (x, y)
where dist is the length of that segment in feet, direction is a compass direction, and (x, y) are the pixel coordinates of the segment endpoint. Finally, the route directions end with
Total distance: x feet
where x is the sum of the (non-rounded) distances of the individual route segments.
Distances and coordinates should be rounded to the nearest integer. As in Homework 7, we recommend the use of format strings.
Each compass direction is one of N, E, S, W, NE, SE, NW, or SW and can be determined by comparing the coordinates of the start and end points. Pixel (0,0) is at the top-left corner of the image, and the direction is selected according the eight sectors shown below. Points that fall exactly on a boundary between sectors should be classified as a single-letter direction (N, E, S, or W). (Hint: the function
Math.atan2 and the constant
Math.PI are helpful for determining which sector a route segment falls into. When using
Math.atan2, think very carefully about the directions in which pixels increase as compared to the Cartesian coordinate plane.)
The eight sectors for classifying directions.
Finally, if one of the two buildings in a route is not in the dataset, the program prints the line
Unknown building: [name]
instead of any information about a path (there should be no line starting “Path from…”). If neither building is in the dataset, the program prints the line twice, once for each building. You may assume there is a route between every pair of buildings in the dataset; if not, the behavior is undefined.
For this assignment, the logical view and controller may be part of the same class. If so, you must clarify which parts of the class are the view and which are the controller in
answers.txt, as described above. Do so by method — or even by line, if needed, though we recommend against having a single method contain parts of the view and the controller.
As usual, your tests should be organized into specification and implementation tests. Unlike in previous assignments, the specification is based solely on the output of the complete application, as invoked through the
To this end, we have provided a class
HW8TestDriver that looks very different from your test drivers for past assignments. The
runTests method accepts the names of two files, one for input and one for output, and temporarily points
System.out to these files while it runs your main program. The result is that commands are read from the input file and output is printed to the output file. For your tests to run, you simply need to add one line to
HW8TestDriver to invoke your main method.
As usual, you will specify the commands for your tests to run in
*.test files. These files simply contain the series of input a user would have entered at the command line as the program was running. Recall from Problem 3 that you can also include blank lines or comment lines (starting with #) for readability and documentation, and your controller should echo these lines to the output. For each test, a corresponding
.expected file should contain the output your program is expected to print if a user entered that input. As usual, the provided
ScriptFileTests class will find all the
.test files in the
hw8/test directory, use the test driver to run each test (with a 30-second timeout for this assignment), print its output to a
.actual file, and compare the output against the corresponding
Reminder: if a test fails, it is often helpful to look at the
.actual file. These files are written to the
bin/hw8/test directory under your
cse331 project. This directory is not visible through Eclipse, but you can navigate directly there through the file system or at the command line.
We have provided an example test in
hw8/test. Note that the
.expected file contains only newlines printed by the program using
System.out.println, not newlines that were contained in the input from the
.test file. So the
.expected file will look somewhat different from the
hw8/sample_output.txt file, which does show user input.
Additionally, you should write implementation tests for every class that is not part of the view or controller, and add the test class names to
ImplementationTests.java. You may not need implementation tests for the view and controller. One reason is that they typically have very little functionality — they act as glue between the UI (which is hard to test programmatically) and the model. Furthermore, end-to-end behavior of your application is tested through the specification tests. You may write additional tests for your view and controller if you feel there are important cases not covered by your specification tests, but avoid creating unnecessary work for yourself by duplicating tests.
For up to 5 extra credit points remove as many of the @SuppressWarnings(“nullness”) as you can and try to add the nullness annotations in your code. Not that you can also add the @SuppressWarnings(“nullness”) directly above individual methods instead of above the whole class.
No matter how much work you do for the extra-credit, please really make sure you run ant validate on your final submission to verify your work builds and your tests pass. Because if ant validate fails because of the nullness checker than the build will fail when our grading scripts run, and you will not pass any of the tests. It is important that the rest of your work for this homework assignment is counted correctly.
Please use the provided resources to help you with this. You can review the checker framework lecture. You can also see the checker framework manual.
Because this is extra-credit, the TAs will not provide help in regards to checker framework annotations in Piazza or through Office Hours. You can definitely use Piazza to discuss ideas regarding annotations amongst each other, but please refrain from posting large, revealing sections of your code that display work done for other parts of this assignment.
As explained in Homework 7, Eclipse’s built-in compiler sometimes handles generics differently from
javac, the standard command-line compiler. This means code that compiles in Eclipse might not compile when we run our grading scripts, leaving us unable to test your code and significantly affecting your grade. You must periodically make sure your code compiles (builds) with
javac by running
ant build from the
hw8 directory (which will also build
hw7 automatically). You can do this in one of two ways:
- Through Eclipse: Right-click
Run As >> Ant Build...(note the ellipsis). In the window that appears, select
build [from import ../common.xml]and hit
- At the command line: Run
ant buildfrom the
To ensure that you are indeed recompiling your entire program with javac, it is best to do an
ant clean first before
Remember to practice good procedural decomposition: each method should be short and represent a single logical operation or common task. In particular, it can be tempting to implement your entire view and controller as one long method, but strive to keep each method short by factoring operations into small helper methods.
Store your data in appropriate types/classes. In particular, you should not pack together data into a
String and then later parse the
String to extract the components.
Remember that your graph should be completely hidden within the model. Classes that depend on the model (namely, the view and controller) should have no idea that the data is stored in a graph, not even from the class documentation. If you decided later to switch to a different graph ADT or to do away with the graph altogether (for example, by making calls to the Google Maps API to find paths), you want to be able to change the model without affecting the view and controller, whose job has nothing to do with how the data is stored or computed.
As usual, include an abstraction function, representation invariant, and checkRep in all classes that represent an ADT. If a class does not represent an ADT, place a comment that explicitly says so where the AF and RI would normally go. (For example, classes that contain only static methods and are never constructed usually do not represent an ADT.) You very well may find that you have more non-ADT classes on this assignment than in the past. Please come to office hours if you feel unsure about what counts as an ADT and what doesn’t.
Do not call
System.exit to terminate your program, as it will prevent your specification tests from passing.
If you use
Scanner to read user input from
System.in, be sure not to call both
nextLine() on the same
Scanner object, as the
Scanner may misbehave. In particular, some students have found that it causes their programs to work correctly with console input but not when they run their tests. Using
Scanner is not necessary.
You should add, commit, and push the following files to your GitLab repository:
hw8/test/*Test.java[Other JUnit test classes you create, if any]
Additionally, be sure to commit and push any updates you make to the following files, as well as any files in
When you have committed and pushed all of your changes and are done with the assignment, you should create a git tag in your repository named
hw8-final and push that tag to your repository. Once you have committed and pushed that tag, your assignment has been submitted and the staff will grade the files in your repository that are labeled with that tag.
Finally, remember to run
ant validate to verify that you have submitted all files and that your code compiles and runs correctly when compiled with
javac on attu (which sometimes behaves differently from the Eclipse compiler).
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