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purpose of this assignment is to test your design and programming ability in relation to the development

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This assignment is worth 70% of the module assessment and is the only piece of course work that will be issued for the purposes of the coursework component. The remaining 30% will be assessed by an online class test in week 12. The class test will take place in your normal scheduled lab slot in week 12.

The purpose of this assignment is to test your design and programming ability in relation to the development of an application for a mobile computing device. The target device is a mobile computing device such as a mobile Smartphone running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or later. This means that the Application will run on approximately 94.1% of devices.

You are reminded that this is a level 4 module and the assessment will reflect this fact. The marking scheme shown below indicates how the application will be assessed. At this stage you are expected to show an in depth level of understanding of the software lifecycle and the activities that you need to carry out as part of that lifecycle in producing your application.

Some form of iterative development is therefore most likely to be appropriate. However, your final submission should only cover the final iteration.

Scenario

 

Traffic Scotland provide XML feeds for:

 

Current Incidents

Road works

Planned Road works

The link showing the RSS feeds available is www.trafficscotland.org/rss

The data is freely available for people to use in order to help with planning of journeys when roadworks and traffic incidents occur.

You are required to develop an Android application which parses the RSS feeds as appropriate and reports the information in the RSS feeds in a meaningful way suitable for a mobile device. There are a number of decisions that you will need to make regarding how this information is displayed and on the architecture that you will adopt to implement the application.

 

This is a programming assignment and you must use Android Studio and write your application in Java/XML. This tool is available via Apps Anywhere. Linking back to the Traffic Scotland website as part of the developed app is NOT PERMITTED and will score 0 marks for any functionality that this provides. Producing functionality based on HTML in a web view in Android is NOT PERMITTED either.

You can make use of Google Maps APIs in your application BUT you ARE NOT permitted to use any other external frameworks.

Application Specification

 

The Android Application that you are developing should provide the user with appropriate functionality. The Android Application that you are developing should allow the user to select an option related to the road works and incidents and display the information to the user in a useful and meaningful way in line with the functionality outlined below. You will need to parse the data and store the parsed data in such a way that the app can access it. The parsing MUST be done in the mobile app on the downloaded data and not on the stream.

You should provide functionality for:

 

providing some means of displaying core roadwork incident details with the option to display more detailed road work/planned roadwork information when an item is selected from the displayed list. You should be guided by the additional information that is available as part of the feed.

allowing the user to enter a specific date and the app should display a list of the Current Incidents/Roadworks/Planned Roadworks for that day. The displayed list should use some form of colour representation to represent the length of time that a particular set of road works will be in place.

an option to search for a specific set of roadworks or a current incident on a specific road.

a journey planner to view any roadworks for the date of the planned journey.

 

You may want to identify specific Use Cases or XP style user stories to help you to work out what the indicated functionality needs to do.

A good solution will make good use of graphics, maps and text to convey information about the road works. There is scope for having multiple views of the roadworks. You may find it useful to view a number of web and mobile applications which display this type of information. You should design your interface to display appropriately in portrait and landscape mode. This means that you are expected to design screen layouts which make appropriate use of the screen space to display the required information when the screen is in a particular orientation. This will require you to create different arrangements for landscape and portrait.

 

Getting Started

 

You will be provided with some code that you can use in the creation of an Android Studio project as a starting point. The code that you will use in the Android Studio Project will allow you to access the web resource and display one of the data streams in a TextView. This project is designed as a starting point and “test bed” for your assignment. This will allow you to check that you can connect your Android application to the Data stream(s) in the Emulator and/or from an Android phone.

 

You will have to “transform” the data in some way and then display it using appropriate Android graphical components. There are a number of possible ways to “parse” the XML data. You MUST use an approach based on the PullParser class available in Android. Other solutions will result in 0 marks for that part of the assignment.

Creating an Android Studio Project and Using the Supplied Starter Code

 

For the final version of your assignment that you submit you should create your Android Studio Project using the naming convention below:

Surname_GivenName_StudentID

 

You can then copy and paste the supplied code in your newly created project

 

 

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