Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ

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

With its emphasis on visualization and interaction techniques, teaching students objects from day one is now possible with Objects First with Java, 4/E. It uses BlueJ to get students started on object-oriented programming from day one — unlike most texts, which delay coverage — so that students don’t have to switch thought processes midstream. Barnes and Kolling strategically do not cover traditional topics like control structures, preserving their goal of teaching object-oriented principles.

The authors incorporate a “spiral approach” throughout the text. This introduces a topic in a simple context early on, then revisits it later to increase student comprehension.  This enables the understanding of many topics while broadening knowledge. Loaded with projects, the book is organized around software development tasks versus the language features to promote good problem solving skills.  The number of interesting examples provides student with lots of applications

 

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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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Objects First with Java ; A Practical Introduction using BlueJ

Learn Java and BlueJ straight from the source!

Welcome to the first introductory programming textbook that completely integrates BlueJ with the teaching of object-oriented principles using 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 has been specifically designed for the introductory teaching of object-oriented programming, allowing the student to create objects of any class and interact with their methods. This truly objects first approach within the customised BlueJ environment is expected to revolutionise the way programming is taught. For the first time, the traditionally difficult concepts of objects and classes are bought alive in an easily manipulable visual form.

Key features

  • Objects first approach

BlueJ supports teaching tools that are not available in other environments, including the visualisation of class structure. This means that the student can interact with objects directly, even before looking at the first line of Java syntax!

  • Project driven approach to problem solving

Each chapter contains problems which are analyzed before the language constructs are introduced that can solve them. What is more, the book is structured along the lines of fundamental development tasks, giving clear coverage of the principles of object-oriented programming

  • Spiral approach

Challenging topics are introduced early, and then revisited later in the book in a different context in order to deepen understanding

  • Thorough treatment of object-oriented principles

Pointers are used within each chapter to refer the student to further reading, supplementary sources, and language references

  • Supplements

The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the JDK and BlueJ for various operating systems. A companion website contains the style guide for all examples used in the book, as well as power point slides for instructors.

Michael Kölling is one of the developers of the BlueJ software, and is currently based at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. David J. Barnes is at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and is the author of Object-Oriented Programming with Java, also published by Prentice Hall.

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