COP3514 Project 5 program that reads a line of input solution


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1. (60 points) Write a program that reads a line of input and display the characters between the first
two ‘*’ characters. If no two ‘*’ occur, the program should display a message about not
finding two * characters.

For example, if the user enters: 1abc*D2Efg_#!*345Higkl*mn+op*qr the program
should display the following:

1) Name your program stars.c.
2) Assume input is no more than 1000 characters.
3) String library functions are NOT allowed in this program.
4) To read a line of text, use the read_line function (the pointer version) in the lecture notes.
5) Include and call the search function. The search function expects s1 to point to a string
containing the input as a string and stores the characters between the first two ‘*’ to the
string pointed by s2. If the input does not contain two ‘*’, s2 should contain an empty string.

An empty string is a valid string with no characters except the null character. The function
returns 1 if the input contains two ‘*’, and returns 0 otherwise.
int search (char *s1, char *s2);

6) The search function should use pointer arithmetic (instead of array subscripting). In other
words, eliminate the loop index variables and all use of the [] operator in the function.
7) The main function should display the output.

2. (40 points) Modify problem 2 of project 2 so that input comes in as command line arguments.
Sample run:
./a.out W8 4 ME 2 finish 2!
Consonants: WMfnsh

1) Name your program command_consonants.c.
2) If no command line arguments was provided, your program should print a usage message
“Usage: ./a.out input”

Before you submit

1. Compile both programs with –Wall. –Wall shows the warnings by the compiler. Be sure it
compiles on student cluster with no errors and no warnings.
gcc –Wall stars.c
gcc –Wall command_consonants.c

2. Be sure your Unix source file is read & write protected. Change Unix file permission on Unix:
chmod 600 stars.c
chmod 600 command_onsonants.c

3. Test your fraction program with the shell scripts on Unix:
chmod +x try_stars
chmod +x try_command_consonants
4. Submit stars.c and command_consonants.c on Canvas.


Total points: 100 (60 points for problem 1 and 40 points for problem 2)
1. A program that does not compile will result in a zero.
2. Runtime error and compilation warning 5%
3. Commenting and style 15%
4. Functionality 80% (Including functions implemented as required)

Programming Style Guidelines

The major purpose of programming style guidelines is to make programs easy to read and understand.
Good programming style helps make it possible for a person knowledgeable in the application area to
quickly read a program and understand how it works.

1. Your program should begin with a comment that briefly summarizes what it does. This
comment should also include your name.
2. In most cases, a function should have a brief comment above its definition describing what it
does. Other than that, comments should be written only needed in order for a reader to
understand what is happening.

3. Information to include in the comment for a function: name of the function, purpose of the
function, meaning of each parameter, description of return value (if any), description of side
effects (if any, such as modifying external variables)

4. Variable names and function names should be sufficiently descriptive that a knowledgeable
reader can easily understand what the variable means and what the function does. If this is not
possible, comments should be added to make the meaning clear.
5. Use consistent indentation to emphasize block structure.
6. Full line comments inside function bodies should conform to the indentation of the code where
they appear.
7. Macro definitions (#define) should be used for defining symbolic names for numeric constants.
For example: #define PI 3.141592

8. Use names of moderate length for variables. Most names should be between 2 and 12 letters
9. Use underscores to make compound names easier to read: tot_vol or total_volumn is
clearer than totalvolumn.