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Fall2002 M5 - Automatically gather genealogical information

M5 - Help fill in information

In M2, you gave people hints on how to fill-in missing information. Now, you'll do it for them.

Below is a list of information that you may support helping someone find (assume that the name is correct):

You must support four sites of auto-completion! An auto-completion works like this:
  1. The user can ask the system to check for missing information
  2. For some subset of the above list, you will offer to fill in missing information for that person.
  3. Your system will then check some on-line, networked database and attempt to fill in the missing information.

Imagine you have a person named "Daniel LeBlanc" and you know his death date, but you don't have a birth date or a death location. That's two forms of missing information. There are databases where you might find that information. That's what you're going to provide for the user.

You can support four databases for just one of the above (e.g., birth date and location), or you can support two databases for one and two more for another. You must support a total of four in any combination. (In other words, you will parse four different kinds of web information.)

HINT!: Several terms ago, students had to write newspaper generating software that parsed information from news websites. Their Cases (including code) are available for reuse!

If you can't find the missing information, or you can't parse the page (i.e., the page changed since you wrote your parser), or you can't establish a network connection, YOU MUST PROVIDE A REASONABLE ERROR MESSAGE! A Squeak error is not considered reasonable!

Turn-in your code using the Project Turnin Information with the code 'M5'. Turn in your design in-class.


Note: If the TAs can't figure out how to do these things, they don't have to give you the points. The UI must be usable.

Questions on Fall2002 M5 Milestone

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