18-649 Elevator Design Project
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project-related questions to
- You must follow these
- Deviations from this
portfolio structure will result in grading penalties, especially if the
deviations break any automated grading scripts used by the TAs.
- To receive full
credit, all links must be working and all inline images must display
- It is okay to have
broken links in pages that are stubs for future projects.
- Use the project to portfolio matrix
to get a sense of which parts of the portfolio are required for which
- All files in the
portfolio must be reachable via hyperlinks from either the main page or
a summary or status page that is linked to the main page.
- We do our best to provide
thorough information about our expectations. If you are unsure about how to follow
these guidelines, reread the project instructions, the Project FAQ, and the Course Administrative Information page.
are still uncertain,
ask us during office hours.
Whenever part of the portfolio is updated, we will make a list of the
updates here and post an announcement on Blackboard. For some
documents (like the requirements II document), you will probably want
to manually copy the changes into your current portfolio. If you
have not modified the template, you can just copy the new file from the
template into your portfolio.
- Dated entries will appear here if the portfolio needs to be
- 9/26/2013: Fixed typo in reqs/requirements 1 - Output message
from DoorControl is mDoorMotor, not mDoorMotorCommand 9/26/2013: Added LEVEL to mDrive under Controller Messages
The portfolio template provides a framework of HTML files and
directories which you will fill in over the semester. Most of the
required files are included in the template, but you will likely add
supporting files, such as image files, test files, and test
results. The template is intended to be consistent with all the
project instructions. If you find a
discrepancy between this document and the template or between the
template and instructions in some project writeup, please email the
staff list to resolve the issue.
The following list shows the subfolders and the contents of each
folder. Consult the file stubs in the portfolio template for
details. To see how these files are mapped to the projects, check
- portfolio.html - annotated table of contents for the portfolio
- this folder also contains acceptance test .pass files and
.stats result files.
- architecture.html - class diagram for the elevator
- usecases.html - use cases for the elevator
- this folder also contains supporting image files
- all java code files -- do NOT include .class files in your
- this folder also contains the integration test .cf and .mf
files, and .stats result files.
- peer_review.xls - a blank peer review checklist
- This folder contains your mid-term and final presentation
- requirements1.html - system object descriptions and message
- requirements2.html - controller requirements
- This folder also contains sequence diagram images.
- This folder also contains unit test .cf and .mf files, and
.stats result files.
- This folder may also contain other files if you use a method
other than runtime monitoring to do your verification.
Formatting Your Portfolio
Except for code files, all of your portfolio submissions shall be in
the form of HTML
documents with inline images, unless otherwise noted in the project
writeups. Your submissions must be formatted as follows:
- Your portfolio must be viewable in MS Internet Explorer and
- Use relative links, not absolute paths, so that the portfolio
files correctly reference each other regardless of their location.
- All HTML pages must have descriptive HTML header titles.
title we mean is the one in the head/title HTML tags, as in
- Use "vanilla" HTML in your submissions. Here are some
general guidelines, but use common sense. If in doubt, ask a TA before investing long hours creating
- Text formatting tags, ordered and unordered
lists, and HTML tables are acceptable.
- Don't use frames, popout or drop-down menus. Don't use
- Basically, follow the
format of the files given in the portfolio template.
- We are
interested in the content of your portfolio and how you follow the
process, not in how attractive your portfolio is.
- All images should be in non-animated PNG or GIF format. You
use other graphics formats at your
risk, but we must be able to view them in the web browsers mentioned
above. JPEG should be avoided because the compression algorithm
doesn't handle line drawings very well.
- Each inline image shall be enclosed in a link to the image
file, so that clicking on the image opens the image file. This is
already done in with the example sequence diagrams in the portfolio
template if you need an example.
- Tables (e.g. for traceability) in your portfolio shall have grid
lines between all cells. The grid lines shall
be at least 1 pixel and no more than 3 pixels in width. Tables
must be readable (readable font size and no extraneous columns or rows
that hinder readability).
- When an Excel document is required, the excel document MUST be in
Excel2003 (.xls) format. Later versions of Excel have the
capability to save a backward-compatible format.
- You should choose font sizes so that your portfolio is easily
readable when printed on a black-and-white laser printer, and in no
event smaller than 8 point font as printed on the page. (8 point font
has capital letter height of 0.11 inches; 2.8 mm)".
- Some of the larger images (such as
sequence diagrams) may be too wide to print properly in the browsers
listed above. It is acceptable if these are cut off during
printing, as long as the image is not cut off because of excessive
white space around the image content.
- Your portfolio may NOT include version control information (e.g.
.svn or .git directories). These add bloat to the project handin
directories for no reason. Use a function like svn export to create a clean copy
of your portfolio for handing in.
Each file in your portfolio shall include a heading with your team
- The heading shall include:
- Course name and semester
- Group number
- Names and andrewIDs of all team members
- Headings must be included in all
automatically generated files, you should investigate the -head option
in the simulator.
- For HTML files, this heading must be included in the body text
(so it is visible from the browser), NOT in an HTML comment.
- Note: Project 1 is an individual project, and has different
heading requirements. See Project 1 for details
Including Code in Your Portfolio
subdirectory is where you will include the code for your project.
You should include all the java files from the simulator.elevatorcontrol
package (even the ones we provided, since you may end up modifying them
later). You should not include class files (yours or those
provided by the course staff). Make sure that all java files in
your handin are listed and hyperlinked in the elevatorcontrol/package.html
file, and that each file has a description. Make sure your code
files include the appropriate headings.
The portfolio includes logging features that allow the logging for
different modules to be turned on and off through the use of verbose
parameters and commandline flags. You MUST use this logging
framework and you MUST NOT print anything to the command line
otherwise. Basically, if the verbose options are disabled, the
controllers should not print anything to the screen. The purpose
behind this requirement is to keep your code from generating huge log
files when we run tests on your elevator, although it is to your
advantage to follow these instructions because the logging output slows
the tests significantly. If you
fail to follow these directions, you may have points deducted from your
If you want to verify that the
grading TAs will be able to compile your code, you can recreate the
steps that they will follow when grading your project:
- Download the latest required simulator tarball from the course
- Unpack the simulator.
- Copy the entire contents of your elevatorcontrol/
directory (in the portfolio) into the code/simulator/elevatorcontrol/ folder
files of the same name with the files from your portfolio.
- Run 'make' in the code directory and see if the simulator
compiles without errors.
- Run any unit, integration, or acceptance tests required by the
Complete and Consistent Design
The following is a
partial list of the characteristics your portfolio should exhibit:
- Changes requested by the TAs in previous projects have been
- All documents are complete and up-to-date (to the extent required
by each project).
- All documents include group # and member names at the top of the
document. This includes code, test files, output files, and
- Individual documents have a uniform appearance. They should not
look like they were written by 4 individual people and then pieced
- Change and defect logs are up-to-date and detailed enough to
track changes to the project.
Handing in your Portfolio
You will start out at the beginning of the semester with the portfolio
template. You will build on this template every week. For
project, you should submit the entire portfolio (even the incomplete
parts). We will only grade the parts relevant to the current
although the nature of the design process is such that we will be
looking back at previous design phases to make sure that your design
remains consistent and correct. You will submit your portfolio
into the handin directories on the course
See the Project FAQ
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