CMSC 10200 Lab — Spring 2006
Lab Assignment 2

Integrating Java into the Web Through Applets

An applet is a little Java program that runs inside a browser. You tell the browser by using the <APPLET> tag in your HTML page. In this lab you will write Java code to be used in an applet and create a Web page to deploy the applet. Here is an example of the applet in action:


If you clicked on the link from a Linux machine you recieved a very boring Web page with the message: "Your browser cannot execute this page.". Open the browser using Mozilla Firefox. Running this applet requires Java 2, Standard Edition 5.0 (also called Java 1.5), which Firefox recognizes. Since a browser runs the applet on your home machine, this issue matters!! More on Java 1.5 later.

The lab is due Sunday, 11:59pm

Check-out the JavaBoutique, they have lots of free applets, including many with the source code included.

0. Getting Started

Create a directory lab2 wherever you want your work to be. This is your workspace. You will submit an Eclipse Project called Pizza created in your workspace. I assume you are now acquainted with KDE window environment, Unix commandline and Eclipse. You can go back to lab1 to refresh your memory with the tutorials there.

1. An Applet Tutorial

This Tutorial will explain how to run an applet in Eclipse and pass parameters to the applet in Eclipse. It will then explain how to write a Web page which deploys this applet. The rest of the Lab depends on your understanding the material in this tutorial. You will not submit the tutorial.

Step A: Creating the Welcome Project

  1. Download the applet source code Welcome and save it to your workspace.
  2. Open eclipse in your workspace and create a new Project called Welcome, and import the file from your workspace.

Step B: Running an applet in Eclipse

Follow the tutorial Running an applet. This will show you how to run an applet in Eclipse and pass parameters to the applet to change its functionality.

Step C: Deploying an applet in a Web page

You will create a simple Web page for your applet. You can use the Eclipse text editor to write your HTML document and call a browser to run it, but I recommend that you use a text editor. (I found that Eclipse often crashed when trying to open a browser on my home Mac.)

  1. Open a text editor. I recommend KWrite on the Linux. KWrite color codes HTML:
    Tools-> Highlight Mode -> Markup -> HTML
  2. Enter the following text (remember HTML is not case-sensitive, so you can put the tags in lower-case):
    	<H1>The Java Welcome Page</H1>
    	<APPLET CODE=Welcome.class WIDTH=400 HEIGHT=400> 
    	    <PARAM NAME=MESSAGE VALUE="Welcome!!">

    Here is an Applet tag reference to explain the HTML code.
  3. Save the file using the suffix ".html" in your Welcome Project directory. I will call this file Welcome.html.
  4. Open the file Welcome.html in the Firefox browser. If the browser does not display your applet, make sure Welcome.html is in the same directory as Welcome.class (the Java byte code for the applet.)
  5. Change the parameter MESSAGE in Welcome.html and see how this changes the behavior of the applet. You can also change the HEIGHT and WIDTH fields as well.

2. The Pizza Project

You will create an eclipse Project Pizza in your workspace and write the code for a Pizza class. You will also write an HTML page which will deploy your applet.

A. Start Your Pizza Project

If you are working on the Linux machines or the Macs in the MacLab, you will have no difficulties satisfying the steps below. If you would like to work on your home machine, you will need to make sure you have Java 2, Standard Edition 5.0 (i.e. Java 1.5) on your machine. See Java 1.5 for more details.

  1. Download the archived jar file, Pizza.jar into your workspace. This is a directory of four Java class files which have been archived into a single file (so you don't have to download and import four separate files into Eclipse.)
  2. Create a new project in Eclipse, Pizza
  3. Create a file called README (it is a simple text file) and place your name in this file. You may also write any comments you want me to read in this file.
  4. Import Pizza.jar into your Project.
  5. This file contains enum classes, which is only recognized by Java 2, Standard Edition 5.0 (i.e. Java 1.5). If you see a lot of red x's, you will have to direct Eclipse to use the new Java edition. See here for how.

B. Writing your Pizza class

You will find four class files in your Project

You will write a class called Pizza. A Pizza has

It is up to you how to represent a PIZZA class through its data fields. The data must be kept private.

You must provide the following public methods for the Pizza class:

  • public Pizza(PizzaSize, PizzaCrust): The constructor for your class.
  • public void addTopping(PizzaTopping): This will add a topping to your pizza.
  • public String toString(): Converts a Pizza object into a string to be displayed in the applet, when the user makes a choice. The format of the string should be (italized parts depend on the Pizza object):
          size crust crust with topping1 topping2 ...
  • public int price(): Compute the price of your pizza in pennies (hence, the int return value.) The price is based on size, crust and meat topping choices and veggie topping choices:
    Price is in Dollars
    Item Small Medium Large
    Thin Crust 7.00 8.00 9.00
    Thick Crust 8.00 9.25 10.50
    per Meat Topping +1.50 +2.00 +2.50
    per Veggie Topping +1.00 +1.25 +1.50
    Here is why you are computing in pennies.
I encourage you to use private methods to simplify your function bodies. Such methods are called helper functions.

C. Testing your Code

Your code is not ready to be used by the applet until you test it. To test your code you write a driver class which gives sufficient examples of using your code to convince you it works properly. A driver class consists of a main function, and can be run as a stand-alone program. You can generate output to the Console pane using

  • System.out.println(data)
  • price and toString methods in Pizza
Here is how to create the driver class
  1. Create a new class, PizzaDriver. In the Class Wizard put the class name and select the main method stub

  2. Eclipse constructs the method stub for main, and the class. You need only fill-in the body. You should create several Pizza objects with various topping choices. Print the price and string description of these pizzas.
  3. Run PizzaDriver as a Java application.
  4. The output will appear in the Console pane (middle, bottom of workbench.)

D. Test Applet with your new code

When you feel confident your code works, try running the applet PizzaForm. This applet takes two parameters

  • NAME: The name of your pizza parlour.
  • COLOR: The color scheme for your applet header. This should be a six-digit hexadecimal code (includes 0-9, A-F):
    #------ or 0x------
    See Colors for a long list of choices. Try for example "#800000"--your school color (maroon!!)

E. Write an HTML page to deploy your applet

You are finally ready to deploy your applet. You will need to write an HTML Web page to display your applet. Creativity matters here. I retain propriety over the name (PizzaXtreme), color scheme (Fuschia) and slogan ("Our Pizzas are Radical!!"). You can see my HTML page by selecting the link at the start of the lab and viewing the source code (View->Page Source on Firefox.) You are welcome to copy the code displaying the table of prices, but you must choose a different page layout from mine. Pay careful attention to the APPLET tag (remember, HTML is not case-sensitive.) Make sure that you create your HTML page in the Pizza directory created by Eclipse in your workspace and you call your HTML file Pizza.html

3. Handin

The lab is due at 11:59pm on Sunday. You will submit the Project Pizza. You had to write

  1. README: a file with your name and any comments you want me to read.
  2. Pizza class
  3. PizzaDriver class
  4. Pizza.html Web page
Make sure you are in the directory Pizza before you run the handin procedure.

Kenneth Harris