Objects First With Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ (2nd Edition)

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The object-oriented paradigm continues to dominate the teaching of introductory computer programming. Objects First With Java is the first textbook to completely integrate the BlueJ Java development environment with the teaching of object-oriented principles. By using BlueJ, the authors are able to take a truly objects first approach, introducing the student to objects and classes from the outset, and enabling him/her to create an object and call its methods as the very first activity.

The authors move forward from traditional approaches on how best to tackle the complex concepts of object orientation, and deliver an outstanding text that is radically changing the way introductory programming is taught. Welcome to the BlueJ revolution!

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The new edition of this best-seller brings it up to date with the latest developments in the field, and builds on the clear, accessible approach that has contributed to its success.

Objects First with Java

is an outstanding text that is radically changing the way introductory programming is taught. Welcome to the BlueJ revolution!

Key features

  • Truly objects-first approach
  • Project-driven approach to problem solving
  • Thorough treatment of object-oriented principles

  • CD-ROM containing the JDK and BlueJ for various operating systems

  • A website at www.booksites.net/barnes containing the style guide for all examples used in the book, PowerPoint slides for instructors and other support material.

New to this edition

  • New chapter on GUI programming and Swing

  • Incorporates coverage of JUnit-style testing and assertions

  • One hundred new exercises, many independent of the projects

  • Four-colour new text design to improve pedagogy and aid student learning

From reviews of the first 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, Xavier University

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

- Ian Bridgewood, Copenhagen University College of Engineering

About the Author:

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.

Michael Kolling is one of the developers of the Blue) software, and is currently based at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

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