PlayList Java Project 2022-23

A Note on plagiarism

If you hand in work that you can not  explain, it is considered plagiarism.   Let’s not go there please. Remember- we follows Syracuse’s academic guidelines . If you use someone else’s work for a portion of the assignment, you will get a zero for the entire assignment. Additionally, if a person in the class gives you the code, that other person also gets a zero.

Project Overview:

A PlayList project will be based on 3 Classes

  • Artist
  • Song
  • PlayList

The Artist  class will store core information about an artist.

The Song  class will store basic information about a song.

The PlayList  class will manage a list of artists and their ratings.

Tester files:

  • Artist and Song tester file SongArtistTester.v0  – run this after you have completed the Song and Artist classes and before PlayList. This way, you’ll know that you have correctly done the the foundation classes before moving onto PlayList
  • PlayList tester File :  PlayListTesterv4
  • At the very bottom, are 2 challenging extra credit methods. If you decide to do either one, you must meet with me to go over the code you submitted.
  • Additional grading penalties for the following issues :

Penalties  :

  • does not compile : -5
  • instance variables not explicitly declared private  : -1
  • not following strict OOP conventions for initializing variables . Read more here.
  • lack of code reuse   (-1 per occurrence)
  • non descriptive variable name including loop index counters etc   : ( -1 per occurrence)
  • not using camelcase for variable names (-1)
  • int division -1
  • failure to name a method or class exactly as indicted (-1 per occurrence)  – which is a real thing . You will generally work in teams and be expected to use exact spelling/capitalization.

The 3 classes in Detail 


  • Constructor(s) :

    • public Artist(String name)
  • Instance Variables
    • private String artistName ;
    • private ArrayList<Song>  songs  ; – an array storing the songs of this artist
  • Methods
    • public void addSong(Song song)  .  Add the song to the arraylist.
    • public String toString()
    • public boolean equals(Artist other)  //returns  true  if artistName  is the same as other’s artistName 
    • public ArrayList<Song> getSongs()
    • public String getName()

Example of instantiating an Artist object and calling one of its methods:


  • Constructor(s):
    • public Song( Artist _artist, String _name)
  • Instance Variables
    • private Artist artist
    • private String name
  • Methods
    • public String getName()
    • public Artist getArtist()
    • public boolean equals(Song other) //returns  true  if both the song objects have the same artist and name.
    • public String toString()

Example of instantiating a Song object :

Before you do the PlayList class, run the Artist/ Song tester (see top ^^)


Read this to make sure you’re doing variables correctly.


  • Static Variable
    • public static final int MAX_NUMBER_SONGS = 12 ;

  • Instance Variables

    • private String listName  ; This is the ‘name’ of your playList
    • private ArrayList<Song> songs  ;
    • private ArrayList<Integer> stars   ;//how many stars each song has
    • Note: songs and stars are parallel ArrayLists
  • Constructor
    • public PlayList(String name)  : There should be only 1 constructor that takes a parameter representing the name of the playList. Read this 
  • Accessor Methods
    • public double averageRating()  // returns the average star rating for the  list
    • public ArrayList<Song> getSongs()  // returns the songs
    • public double averageRating(Artist artist)  // returns the mean star rating associated with artist
    • public Song[] getSongs(Artist artist)  // returns an array populated by the songs of parameter artist
    • public ArrayList<Artist> getArtist(String songName)  // returns an ArrayList of all Artists associated with the String songName  (This could be multiple musicians. Cover songs etc..)
    • private int indexOf(Song someSong)  // code reuse, hint hint. ie This is the method that you should use elsewhere any time you need to find an index.
    • public String toString()  //returns an appropriate String representation of the PlayList  . Here is an example of the toString() value for a  PlayList I created.
    • public String getName()  // @returns the listName  of the PlayList
    • public ArrayList<Integer> getStars()  //returns the  stars  ArrayList

    Mutator Methods

    • public void swap(Song song1 ,  Song song2, )  // switches positions of these two (maintain parallelism!)
    • public boolean add(Song _song , int _stars)
      //adds data if number of song is less than MAX_NUMBER_SONGS
    • public void removeSong(Song song)  /removes all occurrences of  song  . There could be multiple instances of song. Maybe someone really likes a particular song and has it several times in one list. (Hint : Do not loop forwards)
    • public void removeArtist(Artist artist )  //removes all elements associated with  artist
    • public void removeLowStars(int cutOff)  //removes all elements associated with a star rating less than or equal to  cutOff


The 2  method’s below are extra credit. If you figure out how to do them, you must also meet with me after school about the methods. To receive the extra credit, be prepared for a mini-quiz on how they work . You will need to do some research to figure out how to do them.  Be prepared for me to ask about your solution and how changing certain parts of your code would affect your solution.

  • **  public PlayList sortByRating()  //this returns a rearranged playlist so that the 5 starred elements are the first group in the list, 4 stars second …1 stars, last
    • To do this , you should use a sorting algorithm. I suggest, Selection Sort (link). As this both intuitive and on the AP.
  • **  public PlayList shuffle()/ /this returns a new PlayList in which all of the songs have been reordered randomly

When you’re done this, begin exploring different sorting algorithms with this online sorting detective :



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