Objects First with Java: Jumpstart Edition: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

 
9780136060550: Objects First with Java: Jumpstart Edition: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

For introductory courses in Java/Introduction to Programming and Object-Oriented Programming.

 

Its close integration with the BlueJ development environment allows this book to focus on key aspects of object-oriented software development from day one. BlueJ's clear visualization of classes and objects means that students can immediately appreciate the differences between them, and gain a much better understanding of the nature of an object than they would from simply reading source code. Unlike traditional textbooks, the chapters are not ordered by language features but by software development concepts. Language features are introduced as a response to the problems to be solved. A large number of different, interesting projects are used to provide variety and avoid the monotony of a running problem. The authors avoid the dangers of trying to teach all there is to know about each topic by using a spiral approach - introducing topics in a simple context early on and then revisiting later to deepen understanding. Throughout, the emphasis is on developing a practical approach to programming, with students encouraged to add code to existing programs rather than working with an intimidating sheet of blank paper.

 

Supplements:

 

Author's Companion Website: http://www.bluej.org/objects-first/ Includes Java Resource Links, Book Projects, Code Style Guide,  Student Activities and more!

 

Instructor-only Resources (Registration required):

  • Power Point lecture slides
  • Solutions to exercises

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Product Description:

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. 

From the Back Cover:

Foundation Mathematics

has been written for students taking higher education courses who have not specialised in mathematics on post-16 qualifications but need to use mathematical tools in their courses. It is ideally suited for those studying marketing, business studies, management, science, engineering, social science, geography, combined studies and design. It will be useful for those who lack confidence and need careful, steady guidance in mathematical methods. Even for those whose mathematical expertise is already established, the book will be a helpful revision and reference guide. The style of the book also makes it suitable for self-study or distance learning.

Features of the book

  • Mathematical processes are described in everyday language – mathematical ideas are usually developed by example rather than formal proof, thereby improving students’ learning.
  • Key points highlight important results that need to be referred to easily or remembered.
  • Worked examples are included throughout the book to reinforce student learning.
  • Self-assessment questions are provided at the end of most sections to test understanding of important parts of the section. Answers are given at the back of the book.
  • Exercises provide a key opportunity to develop competence and understanding through practice. Answers are given at the back of the book.
  • Test and assignment exercises (with answers provided in a separate Lecturers’ Manual) allow lecturers and tutors to set regular assignments or tests throughout the course.
  • New to this edition - chapters on sequences and series, the product and quotient rules of differentiation, and partial differentiation.

The book starts with coverage of arithmetic, including whole numbers, fractions and decimals. This is followed by chapters that gradually introduce important and commonly used topics in algebra. The remaining chapters introduce functions, trigonometry, calculus, matrices, statistics and probability.

Anthony Croft has taught mathematics in further and higher education institutions for twenty years. He is currently Manager of the Mathematics Learning Support Centre at Loughborough University where he teaches mathematics and engineering undergraduates, and develops resources to help students who find the transition from school to university difficult. He has authored many very successful mathematics textbooks including several for engineering students.

Robert Davison has twenty-five years experience teaching mathematics in both further and higher education. He is currently Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Computing Sciences and Engineering at De Montfort University. He has authored many very successful mathematics textbooks including several for engineering students.

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