Objects First With Java: A Practical Introduction Using BluJ / Edition 4

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Overview

The BlueJ development environment was specifically designed to support introductory teaching of object-orientations and helps users grasp the complicated concepts of class structure. Unlike most books on the subject, this text uses BlueJ to get readers started on object-oriented programming from day one. Uses a spiral approach that introduces a topic in a simple context early on, then revisits it later to increase understanding; Offers an abundance of projects for hands-on practice; Chapters are ordered around software development concepts rather than language features; Language-feature introduction is naturally driven by problems to be solved; Chapters are based around distinct projects for more variety; Does not cover traditional topics like control structures. A useful reference for programmers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136060864
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Computer Science Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Barnes is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. He has been teaching introductory programming for over 25 years, and has practical experience of a wide range of programming languages. He has been teaching object-oriented programming in Java for over 10 years. David is passionate about the excitement that is inherent in computer science and is actively involved in promoting it as a subject area to high-school children. In addition to computing education, his main research is in the area of software engineering.

Michael Kölling is a Senior Lecturer at the Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. He holds a PhD in computer science from Sydney University, and has worked in Australia, Denmark and the UK. Michael’s research interests are in the areas of object-oriented systems, programming languages, software tools, computing education. He has published numerous papers on object-orientation and computing education topics. Michael is one of the developers of BlueJ and, more recently, the Greenfoot platform.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Foundations of object orientation 1

Ch. 1 Objects and classes 3

Ch. 2 Understanding class definitions 18

Ch. 3 Object interaction 56

Ch. 4 Grouping objects 87

Ch. 5 More sophisticated behavior 128

Ch. 6 Well-behaved objects 169

Ch. 7 Designing classes 201

Pt. 2 Application structures 243

Ch. 8 Improving structure with inheritance 245

Ch. 9 More about inheritance 276

Ch. 10 Further abstraction techniques 300

Ch. 11 Building graphical user interfaces 337

Ch. 12 Handling errors 381

Ch. 13 Designing applications 424

Ch. 14 A case study 444

App. A Working with a BlueJ project 465

App. B Java data types 468

App. C Operators 471

App. D Java control structures 474

App. E Running Java without BlueJ 480

App. F Using the debugger 483

App. G JUnit unit-testing tools 487

App. H Teamwork tools 489

App. I Javadoc 491

App. J Program style guide 494

App. K Important library classes 498

Index 502

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