Gentle Java and OO Development Training

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Course Description

This course covers the core OO and Java concepts that developers need to use the Java programming language to create well designed Java programs. It focuses on key OO capabilities and how to use them in Java. This includes material on creating well designed Java classes, using encapsulation, building more complex functionality with composition, and using inheritance to share functionality and create specialized types. This course is suitable for environments using either Java 5, Java 6, or Java 7. The material includes coverage of all current Java capabilities that are within the scope of the material, including new Java 7 capabilities such as strings in switch statements, and Multi-catch. It also stresses the use of good coding practices for all the examples and labs. All labs are doable in any of the supported Java environments. This course is available for most IDEs, such as Eclipse and IBM RAD. This course draws on our extensive experience to provide a solid understanding of the concepts and practices needed to write good object oriented programs in Java.  Be prepared to work hard and learn a great deal! This course can be followed by our Intermediate Java course. The course can be held on-site & customized to fit your needs.
Course Length: 4 Days
Course Tuition: $1690 (US)


Gentle Java and OO Development is geared to audiences with no background in Object-Oriented programming or Java. Supported Platforms: Java 5, Java 6, Java 7, IBM RAD (7, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5), Eclipse (any relatively recent version)

Course Outline



Session 1: A First Look
A Simple Java Class
Java’s “Hello World” Program
Hello World:  A Simple Application
Session 2: Java Basics
Language and Platform Features
Program Life Cycle
The Java SE Development Kit (JDK)
Working with the Development Environment
Session 3: Class and Object Basics
The Object Model and Object-Oriented Programming
Classes, References, and Instantiation
Adding Data to a Class Definition
Adding Methods (Behavior)
Exploring Types and Object Instances
Writing and Using a Class Definition with Fields and Methods
Session 4: More on Classes and Objects
Accessing data, the "this" variable
Encapsulation and Access Control, public and private Access
Constructors and Initialization
static Members of a Class
Scopes, Blocks, References to Objects
Encapsulation / Access Protection
Writing and Using Constructors
(Optional) Static Members
Using the Debugger
Session 5: Flow of Control
Branching: if, if-else, switch
Iteration: while, do-while, for, break, continue
Flow of Control / Data Validation
Session 6: Strings and Arrays
String, StringBuffer, StringBuilder
Arrays, Primitive Arrays, Arrays of Reference Types
Using Strings and Arrays
Session 7: Packages
Package Overview - Using Packages to Organize Code
import statements
Creating Packages, package Statement, Required Directory Structure
Finding Classes, Packages and Classpath
Using Packages to Organize Code
Session 8: Composition and Inheritance
Using Composition to Deal With Complexity
Composition/HAS-A, Delegation
Using Inheritance and Polymorphism to share commonality
IS-A, extends, Inheriting Features, Overriding Methods, Using Polymorphism
Class Object
Abstract Classes
(Optional) Working with Composition
Using Inheritance to Specialize Classes
Session 9: Interfaces Overview
Using Interfaces to Define Types
Interfaces and Abstract Classes
Session 10: Exceptions
Exceptions and the Exception Hierarchy
try and catch
Handling Exceptions
Program Flow with Exceptions
Throwing and Handling Exceptions
Session 11: JDBC
JDBC basics
JDBC Architecture
Using JDBC drivers & DriverManager
Class Connection and connecting to a database
Class Statement and executing SQL statements
Other statement types
Connecting and Querying using JDBC
Session 12: Java Collections and Generics
The Collections Framework and its API
Collections and Java Generics
Collection, Set, List, Iterator
for-each Loop
Using Lists and Generics
Session 13: Additional Java Features
Type-safe Enums
Additional Features in Java 6 and Java 7

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