1. Continue with Lab 4

Today we are going talk about testing for Lab 4.

It may be helpful to refer to past information about testing with the HeapPage lab as you design Heap File unit tests:

2. Reminder of Some resources that will help with Lab 4:

  • Look at the SwatDB Exceptions documentation off the SwatDB info page. It has examples of throwing and catching SwatDB exceptions, and links to the exception class documentation.

  • Refer to the Lab assignment page often for information, tips, about implementing and testing your solution.

    • Refer to the Testing part of the assignment page for some testing tips. Look at the note about the print methods of the BufferManager class to print out information about its state. You can call these from any of the test programs, or from within gdb.

    • Refer to the Details part of the assignment page for more verbose information about the methods you need to implement.

    • Also, look at heapfile.h for types, parameters, return values, and the SwatDB section for links to documetnation on other parts of SwatDB that is particularly useful for this lab (swatdb_types.h, HeapPageScanner, BufferManager, and DiskManager insterfaces).

  • Use gdb to debug your code. If you don’t know what a method you wrote is doing, run the test program (sandbox, unittest, checkpt) in gdb, set break points in HeapPage methods and examine runtime state.

  • Use valgrind to make sure any bugs you have are not due to memory access errors.

  • Weekly lab pages related to SwatDB, and SwatDB debugging and testing

3. C++ Reminders

Look at the Wed Lab from Week 1 and Wed Lab from Week 2 pages for reminders about specify C++ programming and debugging tools and example programs we tried out for practice.

In particular, if you are still a bit rusty using gdb and valgrind, take some time to review them again so you are comfortable using them to debug this lab. It will save you hours and hours of debugging time to uses these tools, and we will ask you what you discovered from gdb and valgrind about bugs you have in your program that you want us to help you with--we expect that you are using gdb and valgrind to debug.

The Lab 4: SwatDB Heap File assignment page has links to all kinds of C++ programming resources.