EPA Android App - Front End Module Assembly







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    Challenge Overview

    1. Project Overview

    The EPA is a U.S. federal government agency devoted to safeguarding the environment. One of the EPA's great concerns is the proliferation of cyanobacterial harmful blooms (cyanoHABs) in the nation's lakes. The following resources provide information on what cyanoHABs are and how they threaten the environment.

    The TopCoder project on cyanoHABs aims to develop an algorithm that will be deployed in an Android app with mapping and data visualization capabilities. The app will inform local and federal policy makers about locations where bloom events are likely to occur, allowing them to concentrate their efforts in those areas.

    2. Contest Overview

    Welcome to fourth assembly in the series of five EPA Android App Assembly Contests.

    In this contest, we are looking for you to develop the module assembly for front-end module of the system of EPA Android App. We want you to use all the available information architecture in system architecture and application requirements specification to develop this module architecture. The EPA Android App system has four modules:

    1.) Admin Website Module

    2.) Data Management Module

    3.) Back-End Module

    4.) Front-End Module

    We have concluded the architecture contests of all the four modules and we have recently run a contest to sync all the architectures so that they are compatible to each other. On the development end, we have already completed the first two modules  - admin website and data management module and we recently updated them based on the new architectures.

    In this contest, we want you to develop the critical part of the system - Front-end module.We already have front-end prototype developed very early in the project. You can stil use many of its front-end features but please refer to front-end architecture to incorporate all latest updates and implement various features.


    enlightened Tips for Success:
    • Asking questions early and getting feedback is very important for the success of this competition.
    • Ask questions if you feel anything is confusing, or if you have any questions on the provided resources.

    Following is the description for each of functionality of Android App front-end module:

    EPA Android App Front-End Module: This module will be responsible for doing all the front-end operations. This module will not be computationally intensive but will require great UI and network performance consciousness. Please make sure to implement this in a way that provided very smooth interactions for the end-user.

    - The front-end will interact only with back-end. There are other two modules on the server - data management and admin - but they do not interact directly with front-end.

    - Please implement all the graphs and chart functions.

    - Front-end is same for all users and both general and admin users will be able to see same set of screens and will be able to access all features of the app.

    - The front-end module will receive prediction results and aggregate analysis results and it will be displayed in the device in both textual and graphical manner as shown in prototype.

    Please note: All the above mentioned points have been fully captured in front-end architecture. Please follow front-end architecture thoroughly and in case of any doubt, the latest front-end architecture precedes all other resources. Also we are running this contest in parallel to back-end assembly. Hence, we expect there will be some integration points with front-end which may have to kept open in this assembly. Please mention any such points in your submission and we will cover it in integration assembly.


    3. Technology Overview

    • J2SE 1.6
    • Android 4.0
    • Jackson JSON 1.9.3
    • Google Maps Android API v2
    • AChartEngine 1.1.0
    • ProgressWheel

    Please note that the developers are not allowed to use any component from TC Catalog for this contest.

     4. Notes on assembly and statistical analysis

    The front-end architecture folder contains assembly specifications which provides details on statistical analysis extensively. Please refer to it thoroughly and follow it.

     5. Resources Provided

    The following resources have been provided in the forums. You will be able to access it after registration:

    1.) Module Architectures of all four modules

    2) System Design Specification and System Architecture TCUML

    3.) Application Requirements Specification and Use Case TCUML

    4.) EPA Android App front-end prototype

    Final Submission Guidelines

    We want you to submit the following deliverables:

    • Complete code as required in assembly spec.
    • A complete and detailed deployment guide explaining how to deploy the application including comnfiguration information.
    • Unit Tests to verify that your application successfully meets the requirements.

    You can refer here to know more description on the templates and other details related to above mentioned required documents.

    Please Note: For Section 508 compliance, this contest must follow the accessibility rules provided here:  http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/ui/accessibility/index.html

    Reliability Rating and Bonus

    For challenges that have a reliability bonus, the bonus depends on the reliability rating at the moment of registration for that project. A participant with no previous projects is considered to have no reliability rating, and therefore gets no bonus. Reliability bonus does not apply to Digital Run winnings. Since reliability rating is based on the past 15 projects, it can only have 15 discrete values.
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