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Java: Just In Time

Updated and Revised 2018 version now available

John Latham

At last -- a first programming in Java course that is truly aimed at students who have not programmed before! (It has an entry point for those who have.)

* Using neither the confusing `objects first' approach found in many books, nor the confidence destroying `objects late' ordering used by some others, here you are taken gently from your natural `task oriented' view of problem solving, through the basics of programming and then *soon* onto objects.

* Every programming and Java concept is introduced, Just in Time, in the context of one of more than a hundred program examples, so motivation is never lacking. Even when objects are introduced, you immediately see their benefit, and thus happily augment your `task oriented' view with the `object oriented' one.

* Programming skill, being at least 51% confidence, is built in manageable layers by you undertaking carefully structured pieces of coursework.

* Other aspects enhancing your learning include coffee time questions, end of chapter collected concepts, no use of non-standard library code, and independence of any confidence-entrapping learning environment.

John Latham has been teaching first programming since 1982 using various languages and styles, and this course has been running since 2004 at The University of Manchester, UK.

The Table of Contents:

1 Introduction
2 Sequential execution and program errors
3 Types, variables and expressions
4 Conditional execution
5 Repeated execution
6 Control statements nested in loops
7 Additional control statements
8 Separate methods and logical operators
9 Consolidation of concepts so far
10 Separate classes
11 Object oriented design
12 Software reuse and the standard Java API
13 Graphical user interfaces
14 Arrays
15 Exceptions
16 Inheritance
17 Making our own exceptions
18 Files
19 Generic classes
20 Interfaces, including generic interfaces
21 Collections
22 Recursion
23 The end of the beginning

January 2011


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