Algorithms and OOD (CSC 207 2014S) : EBoards

CSC207.01 2014S, Class 11: Exceptional Programming




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A Few Notes from Recent Labs

The import statement.


Introduces a shorthand. You can now refer to PrintWriter and the Java compiler knows that you mean (It's not clear that import does much more of use.)


A shorthand for importing everything from a package. Sam discourages the use, because it makes it harder to figure out what classes come from where.

Copying Two Lines

Questions on HW3

Can you explain the last test?

assertArrayEquals (new String[] { "a", "b", "c" },
assertArrayEquals (new String[] { "a,b", "c" },
assertArrayEquals (new String[] { "a", "b,b\"", "c" },

Sure. We start with the "conceptual units": We want to write a CSV line that represents the three values [a], [b,b"], and [c]. (The square brackets are there to clarify what the units are, they are not part of the units.)

As we try to represent this in CSV, we realize that the middle entity has a comma, so we need to put quotation marks around it. "b,b"". But there's an internal quotation mark, so we need to double it. "b,b""".

Our CSV line is now a,"b,b""",c.

We want to represent that as a C/Java string. In C and Java, strings start and end with double-quotation marks and any internal double-quotation marks must be preceded by backslashes. Hence, we get "a,\"b,b\"\"\",c".

Wasn't that fun? Learning to read C strings takes a bit of effort.

How much detail should we put in end braces?

Enough that you can tell what you are ending. For if statements, I tend to prefer that you indicate something about the test, so that you can tell which brace ends which part of a nested if.

  } // if (x != 0)
} // if x is valid

Similarly, for a for loop, it's helpful if you indicate which loop variable you are using

   } // for (j)
 } // for (i)

Should we do unit tests for "The Name Game"?

Probably not. An experiment sufficies.


Start the lab on Exceptions. We'll continue it on Friday.

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