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J.T.W. tutorial 6: class variables


§ 6 Tutorial 6

Question 6.1: Study, compile and run the following code. Note the use of the class variable myMoney. A class variable is different from a variable that is local to a function because the lifetime of the class variable is for the duration that the program is run, whereas the lifetime of a local variable is for the duration of the function call. In the code that follows, the variable myMoney is used to store a numerical value, for how much money you have.

class Money
begin
   /** Property myMoney stores money value in dollars */
   classVar int myMoney;
   function void spend(String item, int value)
   begin
      myMoney = myMoney - value;
      System.out.println("*** spent $" +
                         value +
                         " on " + item +
                         ", leaving you with $" + myMoney);
      end
   end
   beginMain
      myMoney = 100;
      spend("aquarium",50);
      spend("shoes",100);
      spend("lipstick",20);
   endMain
end

Question 6.2: Change the myMoney class variable so that it is a double (short for double-precision floating point) rather than an int. You will need to add a new function money2string that converts double values into strings. For example the floating point number 1.2345 should be printed out as $1.23. If x is a double then the following expression converts x from a double into a number of dollars (int)x and the following expression converts x into a number of cents (int)(money * 100) - 100 * dollars. Note that you will need to make it so that $1.03 prints out as this value.

Question 6.3: Add an if statement to the spend function so that it uses System.out.println() to print out an error message if the person does not have enough funds in their bank account to pay for the item parameter.

Question 6.4: Add a new class variable double governmentsMoney and make it so that 12.5% of the cost of each item goes to the government in the form of G.S.T. (Goods and Services Tax a value-added tax)

Question 6.5: Add a new class variable numBattleships that records how many batteships are owned by the government. Write a function buyBattleShips that causes the government to buy as many battleships as it can afford. Make it so that the buyBattleShips function prints out how many battleships were purchased. Let the cost of each battleship be one million dollars and store this value in a variable called costOfShip. Please note that if the government's money is less the one million dollars then no battleships will be purchased.

Question 6.6: Set the initial value for governmentsMoney to be two millions dollars, then call the buyBattleShips function and verify that two battleships were purchased.

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