Programming with Alice and Java [With CDROM] / Edition 1

Programming with Alice and Java [With CDROM] / Edition 1

by John Lewis (5), Peter DePasquale
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Programming with Alice and Java [With CDROM] / Edition 1

To ease readers into Java, Programming with Alice and Javaintertwines the ideas of object-oriented programming in both languages. Programming in Alice is explored first to establish fundamental principles and skills using 3D animations in a fun, visually rich environment. With Alice as a foundation, Chapter 6 introduces readers to Java. The remaining chapters implement concepts in the Java programming language using interesting examples and drawing parallels between the two languages to keep readers engaged. Alice: Objects; Methods and Data; Control Statements; Events; Lists and Arrays. Java: Objects and Classes; Events; Lists and Arrays; Inheritance; Exceptions and I/O; Recursion. For all readers interested in an introduction to programming using Alice and Java.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321512093
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 02/26/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Unit I: Alice

Chapter 1: Objects
The Alice Environment
Objects in Alice
Alice Classes
Do Together and Do In Order
Composite Objects
More to Explore

Chapter 2: Methods and Data
Data and Expressions
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Chapter 3: Control Statements
Making Decisions
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Chapter 4: Events
Introduction to Event Processing
World Events
Keyboard Events
Mouse Events
Condition Events
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Chapter 5: Lists and Arrays
Managing Multiple Objects
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Unit II: Java

Chapter 6: Objects and Classes
Comparing Alice and Java
Java Classes and Objects
Java Statements
Introduction to ThunkIt
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Chapter 7: Events
Event Processing in Java
Event Types
Mouse Events
Keyboard Events
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Chapter 8: Lists and Arrays
Java Collections
Java Arrays
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Chapter 9: Inheritance
Creating Subclasses
Class Hierarchies
Overriding Methods
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Chapter 10: Exceptions and I/O
Exception Handling
Exception Propagation
Java File I/O
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Chapter 12: Recursion
Recursive Thinking
Recursive Programming
Using Recursion
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Appendix A Alice Environment Reference
Appendix B Alice Methods and Functions
Appendix C The Unicode Character Set
Appendix D Java Operators
Appendix E Java Modifiers
Appendix F JavaDoc

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Programming with Alice and Java 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boudville More than 1 year ago
There are already several books out there devoted to Alice (eg. Learning To Program with Alice (2nd Edition)). But the current book differs significantly. It gives a quick introduction to Alice, with a stress on conveying some key ideas in object oriented programming. Here, there is less space devoted to an exhaustive tour of Alice's features.

Instead, the intent is to take the student well beyond Alice. Thus it explains the shortcomings of Alice. Like how it is difficult to add new classes, which is a very basic task when coding any "real" OO language. This severely limits the student's experimentation. Books solely on Alice rarely bring up these issues.

The pedagogy is to rapidly migrate the student from Alice onto Java. Alice is used as the starting point, and it might help to have some prior acquaintance with it before reading the book. A Java graphics program, Thunkit, is explained by the text, and used to aid this migration. Simple GUI programs are written out and run. The student gets accustomed to reading and understanding a mass of source code. The verbosity can initially be daunting. But the book soon lets her absorb this.

If you are an educator teaching Alice, the text lets you recognise and educate your students about the true use of Alice. It is meant for youngsters, to grab their attention and teach OO. But Alice is not an endpoint. Other than such teaching, Alice is not used for professional coding. Unlike Java.