CS 2103 Project 5 — Mathematical Expression Editor part 1 solution

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CS2103 Introduction In this project you will build an interactive (event-driven) mathematical expression editor with a graphical user interface (GUI). In particular, the tool you build will allow the user to type in a mathematical expression, which will then be parsed into an “expression tree” and then displayed graphically. Then, the user will be able to drag-and-drop different subexpressions — at arbitrary levels of granularity — so as to rearrange the expression while preserving the same mathematical semantics. Example Suppose the user is editing the expression 2*x + 3*y + 4*z + (7+6*z). Because of commutativity of addition, this expression can be rearranged into 3*y + 2*x + 4*z + (7+6*z) without changing its meaning. Similarly, because of commutativity of multiplication, we can also change it into y*3 + 2*x + z*4 + (7+z*6). In contrast, if we were to (nonsensically) reorder the substring y + 2 (in 3*y + 2*x) to be 2 + y, then this would yield 3*2 + y*x + 4*z + (7+6*z), which clearly has a different mathematical meaning from the original expression. R1: Parsing Mathematical Expressions In the first part of the assignment, you will need to build a recursive descent parser, based on a context-free grammar (CFG), to convert a string — e.g., 10*x*z + 2*(15+y) — into a parse tree that captures the expression’s mathematical meaning, e.g.: Project 5 https://ia.wpi.edu/cs2103/resources.php?page=show_project&id=18 1 of 6 12/4/2018, 10:39 PM In the figure above, each blue node is a LiteralExpression; each yellow node is a MultiplicativeExpression, each red node is an AdditiveExpression, and the clear node is a ParentheticalExpression. Obviously, these nodes are arranged into a tree. Every kind of expression except a LiteralExpression can have children. Moreover, the different “expression” classes belong to a class hierarchy to maximize code re-use. CFG for Mathematical Expressions We will discuss context-free grammars (CFGs) in class. There are many possible grammars you could use to complete this project. One suggestion (which I used in my own implementation) is the following: E → A | X A → A+M | M M → M*M | X X → (E) | L L → [a-z] | [0-9]+ The [0-9]+ means one or more characters from the set [0-9] — e.g., 1, 51, 5132762351, etc. (Note: the grammar above does not lend itself to a particularly efficient parser, but it is arguably easier to understand than other grammars that could also work.) Based on this CFG, you can implement a recursive descent parser, in a similar manner as described in class. However, in contrast to the example in class in which each “parse” method returned a boolean, your parse methods should return an object of type Expression (an interface type described below). Each parse method should either return an Expression object representing the sub-tree for the string that you are parsing, or null if the string passed to the parse method cannot be parsed. Project 5 https://ia.wpi.edu/cs2103/resources.php?page=show_project&id=18 2 of 6 12/4/2018, 10:39 PM In this assignment, you should create a class called SimpleExpressionParser that implements the ExpressionParser interface. Expression and CompoundExpression interfaces This assignment will require multiple classes that represent different kinds of mathematical expressions. Every expression has some methods that must be supported, however. Accordingly, we have defined an Expression interface. For non-terminal expression nodes, we have also created a CompoundExpression interface, which extends Expression and includes one extra method addSubexpression(subexpression). See the comments in the Expression.java and CompoundExpression.java files for more details. Important note: these interfaces will be expanded upon during R2 of Project 5. Equivalent Parse Trees Multiple parse trees can be generated that have the same mathematical meaning. Consider the following example: This is a different parse tree than the one shown above, but it encodes the same sequence of mathematical operations. The only differences are that (1) the MultiplicationExpression on the left now has three children, whereas before it had only two; and (2) the children and grandchildren have been “merged” into one layer. This equivalency is reminiscent of the fact that 10*x*z is completely equivalent to 10*(x*z): In the first parse tree, the multiplication of x by z is computed first, and then its product is multiplied by 10. Due to the commutativity of multiplication, however, both parse trees are equivalent. Important note: While you could apply the same logic to claim (correctly) that the expression 10*x*z can be rearranged into z*x*10, you should not do so in this project. In particular, your parser should preserve the Project 5 https://ia.wpi.edu/cs2103/resources.php?page=show_project&id=18 3 of 6 12/4/2018, 10:39 PM left-to-right ordering of the sub-expressions in the parse tree. The reason is that, in the GUI of R2, when the user types in 10*x*z, we want them to see 10*x*z on the screen — not some arbitrary rearrangement thereof (which would be counterintuitive for them). withJavaFXControls The parse method of every ExpressionParser class takes a parameter called withJavaFXControls. For R1, the value of this parameter should always be false, and you can thus ignore it altogether. This parameter will become more important for R2, whose GUI requires that every Expression object also be associated with a JavaFX “node”. We’ll talk more about this in class. Converting an expression to a string In order to verify that your parser is working correctly — and to enable grading of your R1 submission — you need to implement a convertToString method (see the Expression interface). This method should print out the contents of the entire expression tree, using one line per node of the tree, such that each child node is indented (using \t) one more time than its parent. For example, if we parse the string “10*x*z + 2*(15+y)”: final ExpressionParser parser = new SimpleExpressionParser(); final Expression expression = parser.parse(“10*x*z + 2*(15+y)”, false); and then we call expression.convertToString(0), then the result should be: + * 10 x z * 2 () + 15 y In the output above, the + in the first line signifies that the root expression is an AdditiveExpression (that’s what I call an expression that performs addition in my own implementation). Its two children are both MultiplicativeExpression objects. The first such MultiplicativeExpression itself has three children, namely 10, x, and z, and so on. Flattening the Parse Tree It turns out that, for the purpose of implementing a GUI-based mathematical expression editor, the second parse tree shown above is more useful. The reason is that it will facilitate intuitive drag-and-drop behavior whereby the user can “move” (using drag-and-drop) each child expression to be anywhere among the list of its siblings. (We will discuss this in more detail in class.) Therefore, we require that every class that implements the Expression interface must have a method called flatten that modifies the target Expression in the following way: whenever a child c has a type (AdditiveExpression, MultiplicativeExpression, etc.) that is the same as the type of its parent p, you should replace c with its own children, which thereby become children of p. For example, by flattening the first parse tree shown above, we obtain the second parse tree. The flatten method should recursively flatten the entire Expression tree as much as possible. Note that you are only required to flatten the AdditiveExpression and MultiplicativeExpression objects. Project 5 https://ia.wpi.edu/cs2103/resources.php?page=show_project&id=18 4 of 6 12/4/2018, 10:39 PM Requirements R1 (50 points): Build a parser to convert a String into an Expression. Your parser must be able to handle the operations of addition (+) and multiplication (*). It must also be able to handle arbitrarily deeply nested balanced parentheses (e.g., ((2+(((z)))+3))). Note, however, that you do not have to handle subtraction or division. 1. Design and Style Your code must adhere to reasonable Java style. In particular, please adhere to the following guidelines: Factor out the logic that is common to the various Expression classes. Each class name should be a singular noun that can be easily pluralized. Class names should be in CamelCase; variables should be in mixedCase. Avoid “magic numbers” in your code (e.g., for (int i = 0; i < 999 /*magic number*/; i++)). Instead, use constants, e.g., private static final int NUM_ELEPHANTS_IN_THE_ROOM = 999;, defined at the top of your class file. Use whitespace consistently. No method should exceed 50 lines of code (for a “reasonable” maximum line length, e.g., 100 characters). If your method is larger than that, it’s probably a sign it should be decomposed into a few helper methods. Use comments to explain non-trivial aspects of code. Use a Javadoc comment to explain what each method does, what parameters it takes, and what it returns. Use the /**…*/ syntax along with @param and @return tags, as appropriate. Use the final keyword whenever possible. Use the most restrictive access modifiers (e.g., private, default, protected>, public), for both variables and methods, that you can. Note that this does not mean you can never use non-private access; it just means you should have a good reason for doing so. Declare variables using the weakest type (e.g., an interface rather than a specific class implementation) you can; ithen instantiate new objects according to the actual class you need. This will help to ensure maximum flexibility of your code. For example, instead of final ArrayList list = new ArrayList(); use final List list = new ArrayList(); If, on the other hand, you have a good reason for using the actual type of the object you instantiate (e.g., you need to access specific methods of ArrayList that are not part of the List interface), then it’s fine to declare the variable with a stronger type. Teamwork You may work as a team on this project; the maximum team size is 2. Getting started R1 Project 5 https://ia.wpi.edu/cs2103/resources.php?page=show_project&id=18 5 of 6 12/4/2018, 10:39 PM 1. Please download the R1 starter file. Have a look at the ExpressionParserPartialTester.java file, which includes some — but not all — of the test cases with which we will test your expression parser. 2. Write the parse methods necessary to implement the SimpleExpressionParser that we will test as part of R1. 3. How, What, and When to Submit R1 Create a Zip file containing only and all those files necessary to test your parser using ExpressionParserPartialTester.java. Submission deadline for R1: Wednesday, Dec 5, at 11:59pm EDT. Project 5 https://ia.wpi.edu/cs2103/resources.php?page=show_project&id=18 6 of 6 12/4/2018, 10:39 PM