CSE 142, Summer 2007 Programming Assignment #1: The House that Jack Built (10 points) Due: Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 5:00 PM
Program Description: This program tests your understanding of using static methods and println statements. You should write a Java class called ThisHouse that must be saved into a file called ThisHouse.java. Your program should produce the following nursery rhyme as output: This is the house that Jack built. This is the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This is the rat, That ate the malt That lay in the house that Jack built. This That That That
is the cat, killed the rat, ate the malt lay in the house that Jack built.
This That That That That
is the dog, worried the cat, killed the rat, ate the malt lay in the house that Jack built.
This That That That That That
is the cow with the crumpled horn, tossed the dog, worried the cat, killed the rat, ate the malt lay in the house that Jack built.
This That That That That That That
is the maiden all forlorn, milked the cow with the crumpled horn, tossed the dog, worried the cat, killed the rat, ate the malt lay in the house that Jack built.
The output is the first seven verses of the nursery rhyme “This is the house that Jack built” by Mother Goose. For brevity, we reduced the number of verses from the original eleven to seven. The original rhyme can be found at: http://www.amherst.edu/~rjyanco94/literature/mothergoose/rhymes/thisisthehousethatjackbuilt.html You should exactly reproduce the format of this output. This includes having identical wording, spelling, spacing, punctuation, and capitalization. Please do not include additional verses, such as writing eleven verses to match the complete nursery rhyme. You may include blank lines at the very end of the output if you like. One way to write this program would be to simply write a println statement that outputs each line of the rhyme in order. However, such a solution would not receive full credit. Part of the challenge of this assignment lies in recognizing the structure and redundancy of the rhyme and improving the code using static methods. 1 of 2
Stylistic Guidelines: Any println statement that prints text should not be in your main method. Instead, use static methods in this program, for two reasons: 1. To capture the structure of the rhyme’s seven verses. You should be using static methods to capture the structure of the rhyme. You should, for example, have a method for each of the seven verses of the rhyme to print that verse's entire contents. You can write additional methods as you see fit. 2. To avoid simple redundancy in the output. You should use only one println statement for each distinct non-blank line of the rhyme. For example, the following line appears several times in the output, but you should have only one println statement in your program that prints that line of the rhyme: That lay in the house that Jack built.
There is a general structural redundancy to the rhyme that you should eliminate with your static methods. Recall that methods can call other methods if necessary. The key question to ask yourself is whether or not you have repeated lines of code that could be eliminated if you structured your static methods differently. As a point of reference, our solution to this program has thirteen static methods other than main and occupies 87 lines including comments and blank lines. Include a comment at the beginning of your program with some basic information and a description of the program. The comments in your program should be written in your own words and not copied from this document. For example: // // // // //
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For this assignment, you should limit yourself to the Java features covered in Chapter 1 of the textbook. Though we will cover Chapter 2 while you work on this assignment, please do not use Chapter 2 features such as print statements (as opposed to println).
Submission and Grading: Turn in your ThisHouse.java file electronically from the Assignments link on the course web page. Please make sure to use exactly this file name, including identical capitalization. Part of your program's score will come from its "external correctness." External correctness measures whether the output matches exactly what is expected. (We are very picky about the output matching exactly. Every character and space must match.) Programs that do not compile will receive no external correctness points. The rest of your program's score will come from its "internal correctness." Internal correctness measures whether your source code follows the stylistic guidelines specified in this document. This includes having an adequate comment header and capturing the structure and redundancy of the rhyme as specified previously.
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