Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach

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Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach , introduces novice programmers to basic constructs and common pitfalls by emphasizing the essentials of procedural programming, problem solving, and algorithmic reasoning. By using objects early to solve interesting problems and defining objects later in the course, Building Java Programs develops programming knowledge for a broad audience. Introduction to Java Programming, Primitive Data and Definite Loops, Introduction to Parameters and Objects, Conditional Execution, Program Logic and Indefinite Loops, File Processing, Arrays, Defining Classes, Inheritance and Interfaces, ArrayLists, Java Collections Framework, Recursion, Searching and Sorting, Graphical User Interfaces. For all readers interested in introductory programming.

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Back to Basics: A Structure Students Can Manage

Students can become overwhelmed if they have to learn how to define objects while they are also trying to master basic programming skills. Reges and Stepp introduce novice programmers to fundamental constructs and common pitfalls of the Java programming language by using objects before defining them and emphasizing the essentials of procedural programming, problem solving, and algorithmic reasoning to develop programming knowledge.

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- Objects are used early and defined later so students can focus first on mastering basic procedural programming skills and can quickly begin writing interesting programs.

-Problem solving is a central focus in introducing new constructs, with the text highlighting new problems that can be solved with each construct, common pitfalls novices are likely to encounter, and the most frequent ways to use the new constructs.

-An emphasis on algorithmic thinking breaks large problems into smaller pieces, using pseudocode to refine algorithms and grappling with the challenges of expressing problems algorithmically.

- A layered approach introduces new concepts gradually, layer by layer, allowing students to expand their understanding at a manageable pace.

-Case Studies are the capstones of each chapter, showing students how to develop complex programs in stages and how to test them as they are being developed.

“[This book is] very clear and appropriate for the level of a college freshman or intro learner to Java... It is obvious that the authors teach the course and understand the needs of the students.” — Eric Mason, Wright State University

“The back-to-basics style of Building Java Programs is refreshing. The authors’ conversational tone and focus on fundamental skills appeal to many more of my students than books that tackle the difficult concept of true object-oriented programming early. I find that the layered approach and emphasis on logic and problem solving lead to a much more focused first course in programming.” — Mike Scott, University of Texas, Arlington.

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