Java: An Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming: Instructors Resource

9780131401693: Java: An Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming: Instructors Resource

This title teaches programmers problem solving and programming techniques with Java. Readers are introduced to object-oriented programming and important computer science concepts such as testing and debugging techniques, program style, inheritance, and exception handling. The book also covers the Swing libraries and event-driven programming.

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This lab manual is appropriate for any Introduction to Programming course that uses the Java programming language. Its hands-on exercises are intended to help students improve their understanding of the fundamental structures in Java. The order of the topics in this manual reflects an objects-first approach with the goal of helping students understand the object-oriented paradigm.

This manual is divided into three parts. The first part presents the core of the Java language. These six sessions provide experience with core features and principles of the Java programming language. They provide enough breadth and depth for readers to learn more of Java on their own or in later courses. The second part of the manual helps students explore issues pertaining to algorithms. Recursion is considered here, as well important searching algorithms. Finally, methods of algorithm analysis are examined. The final part of the manual covers a number of additional topics that are not decribed in the core sessions such as graphics, inheritance, and object design.

  • Includes eighteen laboratories, each with:
    • Introductory Material
    • New Skills that students will develop in the exercise
    • Prerequisite Skills to ensure students are prepared for the session
    • Required Files to use, modify, and extend in the exercises
    • Discussion of topics covered in the laboratory session
    • Experiments to reinforce the discussion
    • Post-Laboratory Problems to enhance understanding
    • Notes on selected problems
  • Focuses on applications, but includes optional material on applets
  • Provides an objects-first approach to working with Java
  • Written on the Java 2 platform
  • Designed to work with any Java textbook


About the Author:

Walter Savitch received the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969. Since that time he has been on the faculty at the University of California at San Diego and is currently a Professor of Computer Science and director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cognitive Science. Professor Savitch’s research areas include complexity theory, formal language theory, computational linguistics, and the development of computer science education materials. In addition to writing numerous research articles and involvement in other editorial projects, he has written a number of well-known computer science textbooks, including Pascal, Ada, and C++ CS1 and CS2 textbooks.

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