Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

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9780131976290: Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

This title is now available in a new edition, available August 2008. ISBN 9780137005628

The book has a very clear identity.

It takes a truly objects first approach to teaching problem solving using Java. These are complicated concepts so the book uses the development environment BlueJ to help the student’s understanding. BlueJ has a strong emphasis on visualization and interaction techniques, and allows the students to manipulate objects and call methods as a first exercise. BlueJ is free and freely available, and has been developed specifically for teaching.

The book is loaded with projects so that the student can really get a grip on actually solving problems; and it takes a “spiral approach”, introducing a topic in a simple context early on, then revisiting it later in the book to deepen understanding. It also comes with a CD containing JDK, BlueJ, a BlueJ tutorial and code for all the projects. The website contains style guide for all examples, PowerPoints for lecturers and also a Solutions Manual. 

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/* 0-13-044929-6, 4492J-5, Barnes, Kolling, OBJECTS FIRST WITH JAVA */ BlueJ is a Java development environment that runs on top of the Sun Microsystems Java Development Kit making use of the standard compiler and virtual machine. It allows readers to create objects of any class and interact with their methods. For the first time, the traditionally difficult concepts of objects and classes are brought alive in an easily manipulable visual form. This truly ?objects first? approach within the customized BlueJ environment will revolutionize the way programming is learned. The book includes a copy of BlueJ. Takes a project driven approach to problem solving?the book is structured along the lines of fundamental development tasks?providing readers with clear coverage of the principles of object-oriented programming. Programmers and non-programmers who want to learn Java with a state of the art approach and user-friendly programming environment.

From the Back Cover:

Objects First with Java:
A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

Third Edition

David J. Barnes
Michael Kölling

The BlueJ revolution goes on! The third edition of Objects First with Java has been fully updated for Java 5.0, and features a new version of BlueJ providing even stronger support for learning Java syntax and semantics.

Hallmark features

  • An ‘Objects First’ approach encourages students to exploit the power of OOP from the beginning
  • A project-driven approach applies a problem-solving method to real applications.
  • A CD-ROM containing the JDK and versions of BlueJ for a variety of operating systems
  • A Companion Website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/barnes includes a style guide for all program examples, PowerPoint slides and other resources for both students and instructors.
  • Additional resources can be found on the BlueJ website: www.bluej.org/objects-first/

New to the third edition

  • Fully compliant with Java 5.0 features including generics
  • A revised treatment of autobox and enumerators
  • Expanded coverage of graphics and GUI programming
  • A new version of the BlueJ environment, featuring:
    o Full support for Java 5.0
    o An all-new interface ‘look and feel’
    o A new ‘Code Pad’ feature, allowing immediate execution and evaluation of Java code.

About the Authors

David Barnes has 25 years experience in teaching programming. He and Michael Kölling both teach introductory Java courses at the Universityof Kent, Canterbury. Michael Kölling was a key member of the team that developed BlueJ at MonashUniversityin Australia.

 

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From reviews of the original edition

“The book represents a valuable, new approach to introductory programming; it is still my best choice as textbook for the introductory programming course.”
—Michael Caspersen, University of Aarhus, Denmark

“This is the most innovative approach to teaching an Introduction to Programming course I have seen so far.”
—Clemens Martin, University of Ontario

“I would like to thank the authors for their good job on this book, and the wonderful BlueJ, the best programming environment for students learning Java.”
Ying Zhou, Rhode Island College

 

The first true ‘objects first’ introductory text; the best introduction to objects and OO programming concepts I have ever seen.”

—Michael Goldweber, XavierUniversity

 

“The more I read Barnes and Kölling’s book, the more impressed I am with it. It is a pedagogical masterpiece.”

—Ian Bridgewood, CopenhagenUniversityCollegeof Engineering

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