CS 2500 Lab 4: Structures and Unions

New lab partners, new friends

It is time to switch lab partners! You may not work with a partner with whom you have previously worked this semester. Choose someone you haven't already worked with and relocate so that the two of you are sharing a single workstation.

Switching pilot and co-pilot

In previous labs you were switching pair-programming roles in-between exercises. In this lab and in future labs, you will switch roles at regular intervals throughout the lab. You should switch roughly every fifteen minutes. Don't forget!

Don't delete as you go

In previous labs some students deleted their solutions for exercises after completing them—don't do this! It is common for later exercises to make use of functions and templates introduced in earlier ones.

DR über alles

Remember to practice using the design recipe when designing programs!

I. Revision

Exercise 1

In this class, each lab section consists of a room number (210 or 212), a TA, and one undergraduate tutor (let's pretend there is only one tutor per lab section, pick your favorite). Design a data definition and define a data structure for representing lab sections. Model both lab sections. (The course website has a a list of the names of all the TA's and tutors.)

Develop a program that consumes a lab section and returns a descriptive string similar to "CS2500 Room 210: Vincent and Christopher".

Exercise 2

Develop a function that computes the result of the formula (a+b)2/(a-b)2. Give an example of using the function. For your example, (1) write down the evaluation steps in the definitions window, and then (2) use the stepper to compare how you evaluated the formula with how DrScheme evaluated the formula. Unless you have made a mistake, both ways of calculating the result of the formula should give the same vaule.

II. This week on CS 2500 – Structures and unions

Hint: in the following exercises give names to your examples so you can use them again later.

Exercise 3

A rock band has a name and consists of a singer, a guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer. A jazz band has a name and consists of a trumpeter, a bassist, and a drummer. A pop band has a name and consists of a singer and two synthesizer players. A band is either a rock band or a jazz band or a pop band. Write one data definition for each kind of band and then write a data definition for a band in general. Produce three examples of a band (one for each kind). Write a template for a function that consumes a band.

Exercise 4

A studio album has a name and a year of publication. A live album has a name, a year of recording, and a year of publication. A music album is either a live or a studio album. Write only one data definition to describe a music album. Produce two examples of a music album (one for each kind). Write a template for a function that consumes a music album.

Exercise 5

There are two kinds of unpublished music albums from the perspective of a music label—those that are completed and those that aren't. Both completed and uncompleted albums have a serial number, but those albums that are completed also have a name and a release date. Design a data definition to describe an unpublished music album. Produce two examples of an unpublished music album (one for each kind). Write a template for a function that consumes an unpublished music album.

Exercise 6

Develop a function that consumes an unpublished album and a serial number and checks whether the album matches the serial number.

Exercise 7

Develop a function that consumes an unpublished music album, a date of release, and a name. If the album is not completed it constructs an instance of a completed album using the information given as input to the function. If the album is already completed it returns it unchanged.

III. World with structures

In the following exercises, represent the world as a struct with two posns. The first posn represents the current position of a blue circle, and the second posn represents the current position of a red circle. When the user clicks the mouse the red circle will immediately move to where they clicked, and over time the blue circle will move to meet it.

Exercise 8: click…

Design a function mouse-click to react to mouse events. It consumes four inputs: a World, an x coordinate, a y coordinate, and a MouseEvent as described in on-mouse. When the MouseEvent is "button-down" the function mouse-click should create a World where the first posn is the same as the input World and the second posn is the position of the mouse click. On any other mouse event ("button-up", "drag", "move", "enter", or "leave") the function mouse-click should return the input World unchanged.

Exercise 9: tick…

Design a function tick-tock to react to clock events. The purpose of the function is to gradually equate two posns as the clock progresses. The function consumes a World and produces a new World where both coordinates x and y of the first posn are increased or decreased by 1 (or 0) so that they approach the coordinates of the second posn.

For example, if the input World is ((1,3), (5,1)) then tick-tock should return the new World ((2,2), (5,1)).

Exercise 10: draw…

Design a function world-draw that consumes a World and returns a 300 300 scene with a solid blue circle of radius 15 at the position represented by the first posn and a solid red circle of radius 10 at the position represented by the second posn. When they overlap, the red circle should appear on top of the blue circle.

Exercise 11: go!

Create an animation where you click to place a red circle somewhere in the canvas and then a blue circle moves along the canvas trying to reach the red circle. The initial position of the blue circle is determined by how you choose to initialize the World.

Exercise 12: a little something extra

Extend the definition of the world to include a symbol that is one of "red", "yellow", or "green". Modify world-draw to use this string to determine the color of the circle we draw when the user clicks. Also write a function cycle-color to cycle through the colors: "red""yellow""green""red". Using this function, modify mouse-click to cycle the color when the user clicks.


That's All Folks

If you had trouble finishing any of the exercises in the lab or homework—or just feel like you're struggling with any of the material—come to office hours to talk to a TA or a tutor for extra help.