COSC1295 Advanced Programming
Assignment 2 – Semester 2, 2019
Submission due date: 23:59pm Friday 18th October 2019
IMPORTANT: For more details about submission and demo, please read the section Submission Details and
Demos at the end of this assignment specification.
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You are required to use Java SE 8.0 and JavaFX to develop a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the
CityLodge rental room management program created in Assignment 1.
This assignment is designed to help you:
1. Enhance your ability to build a Graphical User Interface using JavaFX
2. Practise implementation of various GUI event handlers and handling exceptions
3. Read from and write to a database using Java JDBC technology
4. Incorporate text file handling in your program to import and export data
● This assignment is of a size and scope that can be done as an individual assignment. Group work is
● A more detailed marking rubric and demo schedule will be provided closer to submission.
General Implementation Requirements
● All information displayed to the user and all user interactions should be done via the GUI. There must
be no Console input and output.
● You are free to create your own GUI layouts as long as your layouts are clear and meet the
requirements shown in the following sections. Marks might be deducted for very poor GUI design.
● Any user inputs via the GUI should be validated.
● You must not use 3rd-party GUI components which are not built by you.
● Marks will be allocated to proper documentation and coding layout and style. Your coding style should
be consistent with standard coding conventions shown in the General Implementation Requirements
section of Assignment 1.
● Your programs will be marked with Java SE 8.0. Make sure you test your program with this setting
before your final submission.
NOTE: Carefully read the following requirements. In addition, regularly follow the Canvas assignment
discussion board for assignment related clarifications and discussion.
Packages and Organisation of Code
You must use the following packages to separate your code into sets of related classes and interfaces:
● view: contains all your GUI classes.
● controller: contains all your listener classes which store event handling code.
● model: contains the main business logic of your application, all your classes to store and process data
(Room, Standard Room, Suite…), all exception classes and all database and file handling classes.
You can use sub-packages inside the packages shown above.
You are required to generate data for 6 rooms, including 3 standard rooms and 3 suites. At least one standard
room and one suite having 2 completed rental records with random information such as customer ids, rent,
return dates, rental fees and late fees that you are free to create as long as they are reasonable.
Each room must have a corresponding image. Image size should not be large (preferably from 100KB to
250KB). Click here for an example of such an image. You must keep all images in a folder named images
which is a direct sub-folder of your assignment project. If a room has no corresponding image, a default image
with the phrase “No Image Available” should be used (please see this example).
Creating Custom Exception Classes
In assignment 1, methods such as rent(…), returnRoom(…), performMaintenance(), completeMaintenance(..)
have boolean as return types to indicate whether the corresponding operation is executed successfully or not.
In assignment 2, you are required to modify all those methods so that all of them will return void instead of
boolean and will throw custom exceptions. You are required to create custom exceptions such as
RentException, ReturnException, MaintenanceException, InvalidIdException…. to represent various
exceptional cases that can occur when those methods are executed. All of those custom exception types
should allow appropriate error messages to be specified when exception objects are created.
Generating and Propagating Exception Objects
To use your custom exceptions effectively, you will need to look for areas in your program where you need to
handle various cases such as when there is an invalid room id, or when a room or suite cannot be rented or
returned, or when there is an invalid user input… Then you should generate appropriate exceptions and throw
those exceptions back to the appropriate class to be handled.
Those various exception objects should then be allowed to propagate back to the appropriate class (i.e. those
exception should not be caught locally within the class that generates the exception).
All exceptions will need to be caught and handled in an appropriate manner by displaying a dialog box via the
GUI to the user, showing the error message contained within the various exception objects that have been
propagated up from the relevant method call.
Using Database For Data Persistence
Every time your program is executed and terminated, data will be read from and save to a database. For this
assignment, you should use an embedded HSQLDB (shown in the lecture) or SQLite database. You must
keep all database files in a folder named database which is a direct sub-folder of your assignment project.
You must create at least one table in your database to store all data of the CityLodge application including
room and rental records. You are free to design the database, to chose appropriate tables, columns, data
types that are suitable for storing data in your application.
NOTE: No need to store images directly in the database. Only image file names should be stored as text in the
database. All images will still be kept in the images folder which is a direct sub-folder of your assignment
For instructions about using HSQLDB with Eclipse, please visit this page
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
All user interaction with the CityLodge system will be done via the GUI. Users should be able to click buttons,
select menu items, choose list items from drop-down lists to perform all functionalities described in Assignment
1 such as add, rent and return a room as well as perform and complete room maintenance.
Main Program Window
● This is the first window a user will see when running your program.
● This window should contain a menu bar from which users can execute the main functionalities of your
program, such as adding a new room, import room data from text file, export room data to text file, quit
the program and other main functionalities described below. When a button is clicked or a menu item is
selected, new windows or dialog boxes should be displayed to allow users to perform corresponding
● The centre area of this window will contain a scrollable list of standard rooms and suites managed by
your program. Each list item displays information about a rental room using various JavaFX User
Interface Controls such as ImageView, Label, Buttons…, rather than just a text area showing the output
of getDetails() method. Click here for an example of how the list of standard rooms and suites should
○ In this list, each list item provides an overview of a room with an image of that room, room type,
status, features… and a button that users can click on to go to the detail view of that room to
perform more functionalities related to that room (more details are in the Room Detail Window
section shown below)
Room Detail Window
● When the user selects a standard room or a suite in the room list shown in the Main Program Window,
your program must display this Room Details Window to allow the user to see all details of the selected
room, including a larger image of that room.
● This window must have a scrollable list to display complete rental records of that room.
● This window must have buttons which allow users to perform various activities related to this room such
as rent, return, maintenance and complete maintenance.
● Users should be provided with a way to return to the Main Program Window from this Detail Window
Other GUI Requirements
● You are encouraged to explore and use various JavaFX User Interface (UI) controls to implement your
graphical interfaces for functionalities such as add room, return room, maintenance and complete
maintenance. Some suggestions for such UI controls are the Dialog class and its subclasses such as
TextInputDialog, ChoiceDialog and Alert classes in the javafx.scene.control package.
● All user inputs via the GUI must be validated.
● All error messages and messages from Exception objects should be displayed in the GUI using
JavaFX Alert classes in the javafx.scene.control package. Do not output any error message to the
● Important functionalities such as Save to Database, Import, Export, Quit should always be available in
the main menu bar of your program.
Using Text Files for Exporting and Importing Data
Your CityLodge GUI program must contain Export Data and Import Data menu items in the main menu bar to
allow users to:
● export all room data of your program and corresponding rental records to a single text file.
● import all room data and corresponding rental records from a given text file.
Those text files must follow a pre-defined format as shown here.
When the user selects the Export Data menu item, your program should export all data to a single text file
named export_data.txt, which will be saved in a folder chosen by the user. (Hint: this feature can be
implemented in your GUI program by using the DirectoryChooser class in the javafx.stage package).
When the user selects the Import Data menu item, your GUI program must display a FileChooser window
(hint: FileChooser class is located in the javafx.stage package) to allow the user to select a text file also in the
format as shown above. Your program must be able to read rooms and rental record data from that text file. If
a room has no corresponding image, a default image with the phrase “No Image Available” should be used.
NOTE: You don’t need to export images. All images will still be kept in the images folder in your assignment
project. Only image file names should be exported as shown in the format shown above.
● Although you are not required to use more than one class per task, you are required to modularise
classes properly. No method should be longer than 50 lines.
● You should aim to provide high cohesion and low coupling.
● You should aim for maximum encapsulation and information hiding.
● Your coding style should be consistent with Java coding conventions
● You should comment important sections of your code remembering that clear and readily
comprehensible code is preferable to a comment.
● Your programs will be marked with Java SE 8.0. Make sure you test your programs with this setting
before you make the submission.
Submission Details and Demos
You must compress all files in your project (including source code files and other resources such as database
files and images) into one zip file and submit only that zip file (no RAR or 7-Zip).
You must submit the zip file of your project in the Assignment 2 page on Canvas.
You can submit your assignment as many times as you want prior to the due date. The latest submission will
IMPORTANT: you are required to come to a demo session starting in Week 13 (the duration of each demo
session is 10 minutes). During the demo, you will download your final submission from Canvas and run your
program on your computer and demonstrate the main features of your program to a tutor.
NO MARK will be given if you fail to come to a demo session.
Assignment rubric and demo session schedule will be announced on Canvas closer to the submission date.
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