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Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid

Introduction to Java Programming: Starting to code in Java

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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.

5. Packaging
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.

Taught by

Carlos Delgado Kloos



4.4 rating, based on 9 Class Central reviews

3.5 rating at edX based on 15 ratings

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  • it nice course and what it . it very explanatory and i can recommend it to people for studies and more. it nice taking the course, and great work from the tutor.
  • Alex D.
    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.
  • 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.
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    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 help…
    Such a nice and great experience , I have learnt so many tips while learning the course , thank you so much for providing such a valuable course for free ,
    I want to register more no.of courses over here to develop myself
    Thank you once again
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    Ayaan Ahmad
    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.
  • very good course. Easy to learn, it is awesome to learn java and with basic

    very good course. Easy to learn, it is awesome to learn java and with basic

    very good course. Easy to learn, it is awesome to learn java and with basic

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