Lab 9: Generics and uC

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  1. C++ function templates. Implement the max_iterator() function template. When called on a non-empty container that supports the iterator interface, and where the elements are comparable with the > operator, max_iterator() should return an iterator pointing to the maximum element in the container.

    Use std::begin() and std::end() (defined in the <iterator> standard header) to obtain begin and end iterators -- they work on class-type containers as well as built-in arrays. You may need to make use of the auto keyword in your solution.

    int main() {
      std::vector<int> nums = {0, 3, 2, 7, 9, 1};
      assert(*max_iterator(nums) == 9);
      std::list<std::string> strs = {"hello", "world", "zello"};
      assert(*max_iterator(strs) == "zello");
      double dnums[] = {3.14, 1.618, 2.718, 1.414};
      assert(*max_iterator(dnums) - 3.14 <= 0.0001);

    Write your solution in max_iterator.hpp.

    To compile and run the tests:

    $ g++ --std=c++17 max_iterator_test.cpp -o max_iterator_test.exe
    $ ./max_iterator_test.exe
  2. Java generics.

    1. The file contains the definition of a multidimensional-array class that can hold elements of type String. Read through the provided code. Then make whatever modifications are necessary to make Array a generic class, so that it can hold elements of arbitrary class type.

      The Array class is built by storing elements in a single-dimensional built-in Java array. Variadic methods are used to allow the Array to have any valid rank (i.e. dimensionality), and the indexOf() method translates a multidimensional index to a single-dimensional location in the underlying Java array.

      The main() method of ArrayTest provides some tests, and the expected output from running the test is in ArrayTest.correct.

      We have provided a project for this question so that you don’t have to install Java locally. Click the "Fork Repl" button in the top right corner to make a copy of it for yourself. (You will need to sign in via Google/GitHub or create an account).

      When you're ready to test your implementation, compile and run the test driver (the compiler may provide some warnings, but should still compile your code):

      $ javac
      $ java ArrayTest
    2. Once you have a working generic Array class, implement the indexOfMax1D() method of the Util class in This method takes in a generic Array, which must be rank one and have at least one element. It returns the index of the maximum element in the array.

      To be able to compare elements to each other, the element type must implement the appropriate Comparable interface. You will need to modify the header of indexOfMax1D() to enforce that this is the case.

      The main() method of the UtilTest class contains some tests. Compile and run as follows:

      $ javac
      $ java UtilTest
  3. Sorting in uC. In the following exercise, you will implement a merge sort in uC. Write your answers in the given mergesort.uc file. You will not be able to run your implementation because you have not yet done project 5. Instead, compare your implementation to the staff solution when it is released.

    1. Implement the slice() function, which takes in an array of integers, a start index, and an end index and returns a new array containing the elements from [start, end). You may assume that start and end are within [0, array.length) and that start < end.

      arr = new int[]{1, 2, 3, 4, 5};
      slice(arr, 0, 3); // returns [1, 2, 3]
      slice(arr, 2, 4); // returns [3, 4]
      slice(arr, 0, 0); // returns []
    2. Implement the merge() function, which takes two arrays of integers and returns a new array that is the merge of the two arrays' elements in ascending order.

      a = new int[]{3, 7, 12};
      b = new int[]{1, 4, 6, 7};
      merge(a, b); // returns [1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7, 12]
    3. Implement the mergesort() function, which takes an array of integers and returns a new array that contains the elements of the original array sorted in ascending order.

      arr = new int[]{3, 7, 6, 9, 2, 5, 0};
      mergesort(arr); // returns [0, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9]