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COMP 271 SU18 Lab 6 (Week 8)

Optional Team assignment

You may optionally work with a partner.

Objectives

An understanding of the following concepts and techniques:

  • ADT implementation perspective
  • queue ADT
  • implementing queue as a circular array
  • queues with fixed versus growing capacity
  • algorithms based on the queue's FIFO policy
  • interface-based testing

Instructions

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to implement a generic queue as a circular array and use this implementation in the context of a typical queue-based application.

Specifically:

  1. Complete the TODO items in the FixedArrayQueue implementation until the tests pass.
  2. Complete the main class SingleQueueService, which reads successive input lines until EOF and puts them on a queue that the background consumer activity processes.
  3. When running the main class, note that the consumer is set to serve customers at a fixed rate. By entering customers' names at different rates, try to create scenarios where customers arrive infrequently enough for the queue to remain empty, or in such quick succession that the queue becomes full.
  4. Answer the following questions:
    • Why does FixedArrayQueue require an explicit constructor?
    • What happens when you offer an item to a full FixedArrayQueue?
    • What happens when you poll an empty FixedArrayQueue?
    • What is the time and (extra) space complexity of each of the FixedArrayQueue methods?

Grading

  • 8 submission via GitHub
  • 16 completion of items marked TODO in FixedArrayQueue and tests passing
  • 8 completion of SingleQueueService and correct behavior
  • 8 written part -6 responses to the questions above
    • 2 grammar, style, formatting

40 points TOTAL

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