CSCI-1200 Lab 2 — C++ Classes




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Checkpoint 1
In the first checkpoint you will get started by implementing the initial class design, several member functions,
and a simple main program to test your class.
The instructions below describe how to build your executable using from the command line using g++ or
clang++ using Cygwin or UNIX terminal. Even if you plan to use Visual Studio or another IDE for the bulk
of your work this semester, you are required to also show that you can successfully build and run
this lab using g++ from a terminal on your own machine.
• Make a subfolder inside of your Data Structures labs directory for lab 2. Create 3 new empty code files
named Time.h, Time.cpp and main.cpp. Note that in C++ the name of the header and implementation
file are not required to exactly match the name of the class, but it is good coding style to do so.
• Begin work on Time.h. Within the file, declare a class called Time. Follow the form and syntax of the
Date class from Lecture 3. Read the syntax carefully (such as the semi-colon at the end of the class
declaration). Add private member variables for the hour, minute and second. In the public area of
the class, declare two constructors: one, the default constructor, should initialize each of the member
variables to 0; the other, having three arguments, accepts initial values for the hour, minute and second
as function call arguments. Declare member functions to access the values of the hour, the minute and
the second (three different member functions). It will be crucial for Checkpoint 3 to make these const.
(Recall: a const member function can not change the member variables.)
Don’t write the body of any of the functions in the Time.h file. Save all the implementation for the
Time.cpp file.
• Switch to working on main.cpp. Be sure to add code to #include “Time.h” in addition to including
#include . (Note: We use angle brackets for standard library includes and double quotes
for our custom header files in the working directory.) Have the main program create two Time objects,
one using each constructor. Show use of the functions that access the values of hour, minute and second
by printing the two times.
Note: There is a common confusion when creating a new variable using the default constructor:
Time t1(5,30,59); // calls the non-default constructor w/ 3 integer arguments
Time t2(); // COMPILE ERROR – a buggy attempt to call the default constuctor
Time t3; // the *correct* way to call the default constructor
• Now implement all of the class constructors and member functions in the file Time.cpp. Don’t forget to
add the line to #include “Time.h”. Any file that uses or implements Time functionality must include
the Time class header file.
• Now, compile your program and remove errors. Here’s where the difference between compiling and
linking matters.
When compiling using g++ on the command line, the two separate command lines:
g++ -c main.cpp -Wall
g++ -c Time.cpp -Wall
compile the source code to create two object code files called main.o and Time.o separately. The -c
means “compile only”. Compiler errors will appear at this point. If there are errors in main.cpp (or
Time.cpp), then the files main.o (or Time.o) will not be created. Use the ls command to check.
Important Note: We only compile .cpp files. We do not directly compile header files. Header files are
compiled only indirectly when included in a .cpp file.
Once you have driven out all of the compiler errors, you can “link” the program using the command:
g++ main.o Time.o -o Time_test.exe
to create the executable called Time test.exe. If you have not defined all of the necessary member
functions in the Time class, then you would see “linking” errors at this point. You can combine all
three command lines (compiling each of the 2 .cpp files to 2 object files and linking all object files)
with this command:
g++ main.cpp Time.cpp -o Time_test.exe -Wall
Which is more similar to what we did last lab. Equivalently, if those are the only two .cpp files in the
current directory, you can compile and link using the command line wildcard:
g++ *.cpp -o Time_test.exe -Wall
Note that this will not create the intermediate .o files and will only proceed to the linking step if the
two files compile cleanly.
To complete this checkpoint: Show compilation of the program using g++/clang++ within the
Cygwin or UNIX terminal, with all compiler errors removed and demonstrate correct execution of your
program. Yes, please show us you can compile from the terminal with g++, even if you plan to primarily
use Visual Studio or another IDE for the rest of the semester.
Checkpoint 2
Create and test a few more member functions. This will require modifications to all three of your files.
• setHour, setMinute, setSecond. Each should take a single integer argument and change the appropriate member variable. For now, do not worry about illegal values of these variables (such as setting
the hour to 25 or the minute to -15). Assume whoever calls the functions does the right thing. In
general, this is a bad assumption, but we will not worry about it here.
• PrintAmPm prints time in terms of am or pm, so that 13:24:39 would be output as 1:24:39 pm. This
member function should have no arguments. Note that this requires some care so that 5 minutes and
4 seconds after 2 in the afternoon is output as 2:05:04 pm. The output should be to std::cout.
To complete this checkpoint: Show a TA your tested and debugged extensions.
Checkpoint 3 will be available at the start of Wednesday’s lab.