In this introductory Java programming course, you will be introduced to powerful concepts such as functional abstraction, the object oriented programming (OOP) paradigm and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Examples and case studies will be provided so that you can implement simple programs on your own or collaborate with peers.
Emphasis is put on immediate feedback and on having a fun experience. Programming knowledge is not only useful to be able to program today’s devices such as computers and smartphones. It also opens the door to computational thinking, i.e. the application of computing techniques to every-day processes.
This edition is an improved version of the course released in April 2015.
1. From the Calculator to the Computer
The first section introduces basic programming concepts, such as values and expressions, as well as making decisions when implementing algorithms and developing programs.
2. State Transformation
The second section introduces state transformation including representation of data and programs as well as conditional repetition.
3. Functional Abstraction
The third section addresses the organization of code in a program through methods, which are invoked to carry out a task and return a result as answer. Recursion, as a powerful mechanism in the invocation of methods, is also covered this week.
4. Object Encapsulation
The fourth section introduces the object oriented programming (OOP) paradigm, which enables the modeling of complex programs in Java through objects and classes. The concept of inheritance as the basis for reusing code and simplifying programs in Java is studied in this week.
The last section aims to study the reuse of code through third-party classes that are already developed and that we can incorporate to our programs to perform specific actions, and reduce the number of lines that we need to code.
Alex D. is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It teaches fundamentals of Java in a visual way. so that is more engaging but, the level of this course is that of a beginner. You can't master Java in this way. but it will give a motivation to learn more. The thing is, this course is 'trying' to develop a set mindset of a programmer. I recommend it those who like to choose Java platform for future.
Ashlynn Pai completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was perfect for my needs. I was looking for an introductory Java course I could do on the go on my phone. The graded assignments require you to read, analyze and debug code snippets. From my days of learning foreign languages I prefer to take my first steps into a new language by reading.
The4thjuliek completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Took this course as a programmer at a beginner level (with some background in Python). Professor Delgado Kloos is a fantastic and enthusiastic instructor. He explains everything in a very easy-to-understand, humourous manner, which is certainly helpful...
Took this course as a programmer at a beginner level (with some background in Python). Professor Delgado Kloos is a fantastic and enthusiastic instructor. He explains everything in a very easy-to-understand, humourous manner, which is certainly helpful for a noob like me. His team are also enthusiastic and present well and for those who have complained about the accents, the transcript has been more than helpful!
I would say the biggest issue with the course is the graded exams. They're quite tough, especially for new programmers like me and I do wish they allowed for more than just 1 attempt at each question. Having opted for the Verified Certificate and still grasping the concepts of Java (a relatively tough programming language), I was always scared of failing the tests. For this issue, I've removed 1 star.
Apart from this, I recommend this course and bravo to Professor Delgado Kloos and his team for a great course.
Ayaan Ahmad is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I am new to this course and I found it very easy to understand! Nice work Mr. Carlos Delgado Kloos.
I really appreciate your hard work...
This course is very much helping me for my High School Studies.