CSci 1301: Lab 4

Due: Wednesday, October 9th at 11:59pm by e-mail

What to submit

The lab is done in groups of 2 (preferred) or 3. If you did all three previous labs with the same person, you may not work with them on this lab. In the beginning of each file please write (in comments) the names of all group members.

At the end of the lab please send me and your group partner(s) all your Racket files as e-mail attachments. My e-mail is elenam at The subject of your e-mail must be "1301 Lab 4" followed by "Final" or "Not final", depending on whether this is a final submission or you are still working on it. If you need to finish it, make sure to set up a time with your group partner(s) to finish the lab.

The lab general description

In this lab you will be building upon the chessboard example that we started in class. Your task is to add the functionality as listed below. Make sure to follow these requirements:

  1. All functions must have signatures. This includes functions that we wrote in class.
  2. Non-image functions must have check-expect (or check-within) tests. The number of tests depends on what the function does, but three is usually the minimum.
  3. All your structures must be well-documented.
  4. Use comments as needed to indicate what your program is doing and why.
  5. Use constants and helper functions. Avoid code repetition.

Lab task: finishing the chess example (40 points)

You need to add the following functionality to the chess example:

  1. Add examples of using the chess coordinates structure. These coordinates are also known as algebraic notation.
  2. Finish the image of a chess board by adding letters and numbers to mark columns and rows, respectively.
  3. Create a world that starts off with an empty chess board scene.
  4. Write two functions: one to convert from the chess coordinates (i.e. a chess-posn structure) to the position (i.e. a posn structure) of the center of the corresponding square on the chess board, and another one to convert a position (i.e. a posn) on the chess board to chess coordinates. Try to avoid writing a multi-case cond, use the approach that was shown in the starting file. Make sure to test your functions well using check-expect.
  5. Step-by-step, add handling of key events to the world so that one can add an object to a square by typing the chess coordinates as keyboard keys. For example, if I press keys "a5", the square a,5 is marked with a circle. Use the functions that you wrote in the previous step to convert the letters entered to positions in the image. Use positions computed by these functions to add a circle to the chess board. Test this part thoroughly before moving on to the next one.
  6. Add a handler for clicking (i.e. mouse button down) on a square: when a square is clicked, it gets marked with a circle, and its chess coordinates are displayed on the board. It's ok at this point that this writing doesn't go away.
  7. Add a structure chess-piece that has the name of the chess piece, its chess coordinates (make sure to use chess-posn stricture inside the chess-piece), and an image that gets displayed for that piece. You may just use its letter as its image (after applying text function), for instance you may just display "K" for a king. You also need a color (black or white) in this structure.
  8. Write a function that, given a chess board scene and a chess piece structure, adds the piece to the board at a given position.
    Expand the key event handler so that it handles a 4-symbol input, where the first two symbols are the chess coordinates, the next symbol indicates the color (b for balck, w for white), and last symbol is the chess piece: k for king, q for queen, r for rook, b for bishop, k for knight, and p for pawn. The corresponding chess piece is added to the world at a given square. For instance, entering a5wb places a white bishop on the square a5. Use the function that you wrote in the previous question to add the chess piece to the chess board.

That's it for now. You don't need to actually play the game, but we might get back to it later and add more functionality.

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