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Introduction to Java Programming

Duration: 5 days


Software engineers, programmers, and analysts who will be designing and creating programs using Java. Anyone desiring the ability to read and understand Java programs for maintenance and update purposes. Individuals with a background in object-oriented design techniques will have an easier time with language issues, since they won't be learning both topics at the same time.

Course Contents

  1. What is Java?
  2. Data Types and Constant Expressions
  3. Control Structures, Operators, and Arrays
  4. Object-Oriented Programming
    1. Concepts
    2. Classes and Objects - Syntax and Use
    3. Inheritance and Polymorphism - Why and How
  5. Core Classes
  6. Exception Handling
  7. Client-side Java
    1. Applets
    2. Abstract Windowing Toolkit
      1. Components
      2. Containers
      3. Layout Managers
      4. Event Handling

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Instructional Technique

Students are invited to bring their current ideas and questions to the classroom for discussion. Lecture, group problem solving, and online laboratories will be used. Students will be encouraged to enhance their skills utilizing the techniques presented through classroom problem solving and controlled online workshops. This course is approximately 50% labwork.

This course does not concentrate on the use of any one particular development tool. Instead, the students are encouraged to learn the proper design and implementation techniques by hand-coding their applications. If development tools are available at the training site, the instructor will demonstrate their use and guide the students in the use of such tools.


This class covers the core language in the first day (!) and concentrates on object-oriented concepts and techniques the remainder of the week. This means that experience in C programming is receommended, since it reduces the initial confusion over syntax-related issues. Familiarity with other programming concepts such as variables, loops, and control statements will be beneficial, but not required.