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Lab 9 Concepts: Program Design using Model-View-Controller Architecture (20 pts.)
Use the notes from this week’s lecture and the examples posted in Canvas (and your textbook, if
purchased) to help you complete the lab
Reminder: Save all your work to your student network drive today (NOT the desktop or local C:
drive). At the completion of lab, put all files into a single folder, zip (i.e. compress) the folder, attach it to
an email and send it to yourself. All labs are a good point of reference for projects and exams. This also
serves as a possible verification of completing the lab if a discrepancy arises.
Before you begin, DOWNLOAD the 5 files for this Lab by downloading “Lab9 Data Files.zip” from
Canvas to your network drive (not the local hard drive or desktop). Once you have the zip file saved,
unzip all files to your network drive (not the local hard drive or desktop). Ask a TA if you need help.
1) Look over the English to Spanish dictionary (engl2span.txt). The first line in the file is a value
representing the current number of entries in the dictionary.
2) Look over Entry.java (model class) and complete as instructed inside the file. Get it to compile
3) Look over IO.java (view class) and complete as instructed inside the file. Get it to compile before
4) Look over Converter.java (another model class) and complete as instructed inside the file. Get it to
compile before continuing.
5) Finish the Lab9.java class (controller class) which contains ONLY the main method.
(Again, see the instructions within the file)
**Once complete, test your program to translate from English to Spanish. Use engl2span.txt as the
command-line argument. If it works OK, demo for your GTA before continuing…
Part 2: Required (FYI – this modification should only take 5-10 minutes!)
5) Save the IO.java class as IO_GUI.java
6) Modify IO_GUI.java to use GUI I/0 instead of Console (text-based) I/O
Here is a refresher on how to code a GUI…
// import for GUI interface
For input: JOptionPane.showInputDialog("Prompt Message"); … returns a String, like s.nextLine()
For output: JOptionPane. showMessageDialog (null, "String Msg"); … displays a String, like println
7) In your controller class, create an IO_GUI object instead of an IO object. Everything else should
remain the same. This illustrates the power of MVC architecture. You can change the view without
changing the model!
**Once complete, test your GUI-based program to translate from English to Spanish. Use engl2span.txt
as the command-line argument. If it works OK, demo for your GTA and you are done!
After all parts are working correctly, demonstrate your working program for your GTA. Don’t leave
until the GTA has seen your program run, checked you off the list and you have uploaded your files to
For this lab, place ALL java files (you should have 5) in a folder called Lab9. Zip that folder and submit
to Canvas (only a .zip will be accepted in Canvas). Verify that the zip file has been properly submitted
before leaving! It is recommended that you attach your file(s) to an email and send it to yourself. All labs
are a good point of reference for projects and exams. This also serves as a possible verification of
completing the lab if a discrepancy arises.
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