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Programming guidelines and toolkit selection

We ask contributors to Elckerlyc to adhere to certain programming guidelines. During the development of Elckerlyc we have selected certain 'standard' libraries for specific tasks (for e.g. logging, unit testing, collections). Contributions to Elckerlyc should preferable not introduce dependencies on new libraries that provide very similar functionality as these libraries.

Library overview

Logging SLF4J
Generic utilities (e.g. extensions to/utilities for java.collection) guava
Thread safety annotations jcip
Unit testing JUnit
UI Testing fest
Mocking mockito,  powermock-mockito if needed (e.g. to mock final classes)
Creating custom assertions in unit tests hamcrest

Exception handling guidelines

  1. Use checked exceptions for exceptions that the client can take useful actions upon. Use RunTimeException and its subclasses otherwise.
  2. Store information in the exceptions so that the client can use this information in recovering from them (for example: the AudioUnitPlayException contains the failing AudioUnit).
  3. A chain of exceptions can be used to translate a low-level exception into a higher level one. When this technique is used, always include the original exception in the higher level exception (using initCause), so that it stack trace can be used in debugging.
  4. Don't ignore exceptions. Either catch them and act upon them or throw them. If an exception can't happen, but has to be caught anyways, throw an AssertionError. If the occurrence of an exception doesn't influence the progress of the client (for example, a file not properly closing after reading all information from it), at least log it.

Hmi Logging Setup

All logging within HMI code is done through the  Simple Logging Facade for Java. This facade requires the slf4j-api.jar in the classpath. The output of SLF4J can be redirected to the logger of the clients choice, by adding the appropriate jars in the classpath. To allow this, the Hmi framework code itself should not put any of these logging jars in its classpath. For the EnvironmentDemos,  logback (from the developer of  log4j which is no longer actively updated) is set up as the output logger.

Logging levels

SLF4J defines the following levels of priority ordered from low to high:

  • trace: finer-grained than debug, discouraged, could be used for as for extra filtering/redirection as an 'extra' debug level.
  • debug: fine-grained informational events that are most useful to debug an application.
  • info: informational messages that highlight the progress of the application at coarse-grained level.
  • warn: designates potentially harmful situations. The application can continue running after these.
  • error: error events that will presumably lead the application to abort.

The level of a log message is selected by the function of the Logger that is used for logging (e.g. logger.debug("message"), logger.error("error")).