Objects First With Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ / Edition 3

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Objects First with Java:
A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

Third Edition

David J. Barnes
Michael Kölling

The BlueJ revolution goes on! The third edition of Objects First with Java has been fully updated for Java 5.0, and features a new version of BlueJ providing even stronger support for learning Java syntax and semantics.

Hallmark features

  • An 'Objects First' approach encourages students to exploit the power of OOP from the beginning
  • A project-driven approach applies a problem-solving method to real applications.
  • A CD-ROM containing the JDK and versions of BlueJ for a variety of operating systems
  • A Companion Website includes a style guide for all program examples, PowerPoint slides and other resources for both students and instructors.
  • Additional resources can be found on the BlueJ website

New to the third edition

  • Fully compliant with Java 5.0 features including generics
  • A revised treatment of autobox and enumerators
  • Expanded coverage of graphics and GUI programming
  • A new version of the BlueJ environment, featuring:
    o Full support for Java 5.0
    o An all-new interface 'look and feel'
    o A new 'Code Pad' feature, allowing immediate execution and evaluation of Java code.

About the Authors

David Barnes has 25 years experience in teaching programming. He and Michael Kölling both teach introductory Java courses at the Universityof Kent, Canterbury. Michael Kölling was a key member of the team thatdeveloped BlueJ at MonashUniversityin Australia.


[Copy to appear on inside front cover of 3rd edition]

From reviews of the original edition

"The book represents a valuable, new approach to introductory programming; it is still my best choice as textbook for the introductory programming course."
—Michael Caspersen, University of Aarhus, Denmark

"This is the most innovative approach to teaching an Introduction to Programming course I have seen so far."
—Clemens Martin, University of Ontario

"I would like to thank the authors for their good job on this book, and the wonderful BlueJ, the best programming environment for students learning Java."
Ying Zhou, Rhode Island College


The first true 'objects first' introductory text; the best introduction to objects and OO programming concepts I have ever seen."

—Michael Goldweber, XavierUniversity


"The more I read Barnes and Kölling's book, the more impressed I am with it. It is a pedagogical masterpiece."

—Ian Bridgewood, CopenhagenUniversityCollegeof Engineering

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131976290
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/29/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Objects and classes 3
2 Understanding class definitions 17
3 Object interaction 52
4 Grouping objects 81
5 More sophisticated behavior 119
6 Well-behaved objects 158
7 Designing classes 189
8 Improving structure with inheritance 229
9 More about inheritance 258
10 Further abstraction techniques 278
11 Building graphical user interfaces 312
12 Handling errors 354
13 Designing applications 393
14 A case study 413
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