Course Code: jab
Get an introduction to computer programming in general and to Java in particular. You’ll also complete the downloads and installations you'll need for the rest of the course, as you receive a walk-through of the process of editing, compiling, and running computer programs written in Java. Then, write your own Java program while learning some of the basics of Java syntax (or form), some of its naming conventions, and its basic data types.
Learn about Java’s primitive data types and how to use them in simple programs which you will need to learn to use before you can move on to more complex types. Then, learn to declare classes, objects, attributes, and methods to Java with rewriting a program in Java’s OOP structure.
Learn how to declare data variables to Java and how to use variables in arithmetic expressions to calculate new results. Then, look at the decision-making process in detail and see how Java does it and learn how to write Java programs that make decisions based on the principles of computer logic.
This week, you’ll learn to repeat actions using a control structure called a loop. Also, discover how Java generates exceptions and how you can prevent them from crashing your programs. Then, look class methods and how to call them without creating any objects and find out about a debugger, which lets you look at what's going on inside your program as it runs.
Continue to use BlueJ’s debugger as you learn Enumeration to set up new data types with built-in limits on their values and Java’s switch structure to replace a series of nested if statements with single value-based structure. Then, look at Java's application program interface (API) while you learn to make numbers and other output look the way you want them to in Java.
Get an introduction to the world of Java windows and begin to look at GUI programming. Finally, continue exploration of Java 2-D graphics with a look at some simple animation and use the same technique cartoonists have used for a hundred years now: redrawing an image in a slightly different location and repeating that process many times a second so the image appears to move. You'll also learn to create a self-contained object that "knows" its own size, color, shape, location, and how to draw itself into our window.
Brian Hall is a software architect with more than 15 years of experience building software tools in the film visual effects industry. Over the course of his career, he has successfully led teams and mentored engineers in good software development practices. In 2013, he received a Technical Achievement Academy Award for his work on Katana, a software tool that artists use to create visual effects for motion pictures. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Biola University.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I loved this course! It got me ready for another JAVA Intro course at a local college. The instructor did a fine job!"
I thought that this course was extremely helpful. I was able to learn a little bit of Java to better understand what the developers in my company are doing."
The instructor was incredibly responsive. I actually liked the course. I think it was useful. The lessons were quite good."
The material was very well organized and the material was readable and easy to follow. I learned a lot."
This course was just the perfect fit for me. Challenging enough yet not so challenging that it took all of the limited time I had to apply to the course. The instructor did an excellent job in providing just enough of a foundation for anyone enrolled in the class."
This was a fabulous experience! I can't wait to take another course!"
This was a great class. I really like that you copied and ran many, many programs giving feedback and assisting students in resolving issues. The class was much more interactive than I had thought it would be. I learned not only from my own questions, but also from reading about problems other students had and from the replies by both students and teacher. Thanks for content and instructions that were well-written and easy to follow. Everything I needed to know for the class was explained in the chapters. The suggested resource books were helpful. Fortunately the local city library system has several of them. Thank you!"
This was truely a course for the 'absolute beginner'. Although I'm sure that programmers would find the course too easy, it was just what I was looking for to ease me into the world of Java. I'm a full time working mother so this course provided just the right amount of challenge and demanded no more than the time I can manage to squeeze out of my week. Plus - it was fun! As a tech writer, I know how difficult it is to write about complex ideas for the 'absolute beginner'. Well done!"
Unlike past Java courses, I was able to understand and relate to the material that was taught. The way the instructor explained each word, what it meant, and what it did, helped me more than anything I have read or been taught. It was a wonderful course and I would take more classes from this instructor!!"
I just want to say that I am so impressed by the quality of this course and I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs to upgrade their skills and wants a good start into the Java world. The course materials and suggested additional materials for each chapter are excellent. I am an experienced pl/sql Oracle Database person who really needs Java to remain technically current. I am also impressed by the amount of time you have dedicated to each of us in our assignments. Thank you."