CS030 -- Introduction to Computer Science II
Fall, 2005
Project 3.1
(updated 11/29/2005)


Programming Project:
This week, you will begin a transformation system.  Ultimately, the program will process a set of log files and make a series of web requests, which in turn will cause the data in the input files to be stored in a database in a new format.  For this week, your code should handle a single input file, and produce three output files.  The input log files generally describe readings (i.e., measurements) for mice on various days, but also include birth information, transfer information when a mouse is moved between cages, and other comments.  Your task involves separating the birth information, the transfer information and the reading information.

This is a group project.  Use your team resources efficiently.  Get started right away.

The input files consist of entries, one per line, and come in two forms.  The first has entries of 9 fields and the second has entries of 9+9 fields.  The first 9 fields in both are the same.  The fields are tab-separated.  The first 9 fields are as follows (name:type):
entryDate:date, entryTime:time, weanCage:number, mark:string, readingDate:date, leg1:number, leg2:number, leg3:number, leg4:number 
The next 9 fields are as follows:
transferDate:date, oldCage:number, newCage:number, oldMark:string, newMark:string, dateOfBirth:date, birthCage:number, sex:char, comment:string.  
I am providing sample input files for the first type and the second type.

The three output files correspond to (1) unique mice, (2) transfers of unique mice from one cage to another, and (3) readings for unique mice on particular days.  Those entries in the input file that have birth information will populate the first output file; those entries with transfer information will populate the second file; and those entries (almost all of them) with reading information will populate the third output file.

The mice output file should be:
entryDate, entryTime, dateOfBirth, birthCage, sex, readingDate, weanCage, mark, comment
The transfer output file should be:
entryDate, entryTime, readingDate, oldCage, newCage, oldMark, newMark, comment
The reading output file should be:
entryDate, entryTime, weanCage, mark, readingDate, leg1, leg2, leg3, leg4, comment

Submission Instructions:
Email a zip file containing a directory that contains all of your class files and a README file with any necessary instructions.