Fast Track to Java™

Summary

Fast Track to Java 5 / Java 6 and OO Development

Fast Track to Java and OO Development is a fast paced course suitable for programmers with existing programming experience. It can be taught to audiences with less experience by reducing coverage of the optional, more advanced topics.

Java is one of the most important programming languages used today, and its correct usage is a critical part of many systems being written now. The basics of the language are relatively easy, but the challenge lies in learning how to use it well. This is especially true regarding the Object-Oriented nature of Java, which for many developers is a new way of approaching system design and construction.

In addition to teaching you everything you need to become productive in basic Java programming, this course draws on our extensive experience to provide a solid understanding of the core OO and Java concepts and practices needed to create well designed Java programs. It covers all the key OO capabilities and how to use them in Java, including 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. It also covers more advanced concepts such as using interfaces, working with the Java Collections Framework, and accessing databases with JDBC.

This course is suitable for environments using either Java 5 or Java 6. The material includes coverage of all the new Java capabilities, such as Generic Collection classes, and clearly points out which capabilities are supported in which Java release. All labs are doable in any of the supported Java environments. This course is available for most IDEs, such as Eclipse and IBM RAD

Be prepared to work hard and learn a great deal! The course can be held on-site & customized to fit your needs.

Course Objectives
On completion of this course, the student should be able to
  • Understand Java's importance, uses, strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand Java language basics
  • Write, compile, and run Java programs
  • Understand the Object Model and Object Oriented Programming
  • Understand and use classes, inheritance, polymorphism
  • Create well designed classes and use them in your Java programs
  • Use composition and delegation to create objects from other objects
  • Understand & use packages to organize code
  • Understand interfaces, their importance, and their uses
  • Use interfaces to implement abstraction
  • Learn good Java coding style
  • Create well structured Java programs
  • Compile and execute programs with the Sun Java 2 development tools and with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of your choice
  • Use the core Java libraries (java.lang, java.util)
  • Understand & use exceptions for error handling
  • Understand the basics of using JDBC, and use it to access databases from Java
  • Use the Java 2 Collections Framework
  • Use the new features of Java 5/6
  • Understand and use basic I/O streams (Optional)
Length
5 Days

Format
50% hands-on, 50% lecture

Course Outline

  • Session 1: A First Look
    • A Simple Java Class
    • Java's "Hello World" Program
    • LABS
      • Hello World: A Simple Application

  • Session 2: Java Basics
    • Language and Patform Features
    • Program Life Cycle
    • The Java SE Development Kit (JDK)
    • LABS
      • 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)
    • LABS
      • Exporing 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
    • LABS
      • 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
    • LABS
      • Flow of Control / Data Validation

  • Session 6: Strings and Arrays
    • String, StringBuffer, StringBuilder
    • Arrays, Primitive Arrays, Arrays of Reference Types
    • LABS
      • 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
    • LABS
      • 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 Classese
    • LABS
      • (Optional) Working with Composition
      • Using Inheritance to Specialize Classes

  • Session 9: Interfaces
    • Using Interfaces to Define Types
    • Interfaces and Abstract Classes
    • LABS
      • Using Interfaces to Remove Implementation Dependencies

  • Session 10: Exceptions
    • Exceptions and the Exception Hierarchy
    • try and catch
    • Handling Exceptions
    • Program Flow with Exceptions
    • finally
    • LABS
      • 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
    • Driver types
    • LABS
      • Connecting and Querying using JDBC
      • Inserting and Updating with JDBC

  • Session 12: Java 2 Collections Framework
    • The Collections Framework and its API
    • Collection, Set, List, Map, Iterator
    • Generics (Java 5) / Autoboxing
    • for-each Loop (Java 5)
    • Using ArrayList
    • Using HashMap
    • Processing Items With an Iterator
    • LABS
      • Using Collections

  • Session 13: Additional Java Features
    • Assertions
    • Type-safe Enums
    • Annotations
    • What's New in Java 6

  • Session 14: I/O Streams (Optional)
    • Readers and Writers
    • Filter Streams
    • InputStreams and OutputStreams
    • Converting Between Streams and Readers/Writers
    • New I/O (NIO) APIs
    • LABS
      • Using FileReader/FileWriter


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