ATJPF - Java Programming Fundamentals

This 5 day instructor-led course provides practice and understanding of Java programming. At the end of the course the student will be versed in Java well enough to begin developing or maintaining most simple Java systems. The student will be able to discern good programming practices from bad, correct syntax errors, detect and correct logic errors, create object-oriented code structures, manipulate files and databases, and know where to find answers for programming problems. Ultimately the goal of Java programming fundamentals is to give students enough of an understanding of Java so that they can become productive junior Java developers.

Java programming fundamentals will cover many of the Java keywords and their application as well as current industry coding idioms. The course goes well beyond simple programming by practicing object-oriented coding and SOLID programming principles.

The course is structured by combining short lectures with exercises. The exercises are more than simply following a pre-determined script but involve writing code from scratch, critiquing code, working in teams, modifying moderately complex systems, and exploring various code support websites.

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Students taking this course must be able to operate a PC and have a basic understanding of such programming concepts as simple variables, sequence of code statements, looping, decisions (e.g. if statement), directory navigation, and files. Object oriented programming experience is not required for this course nor is web development.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1 Essential skills

An introduction to Java
How to write your first Java applications
How to work with the primitive data types
How to code control statements
How to code methods, handle exceptions, and validate data
How to test, debug, and deploy an application

Module 2 Object-oriented programming

How to define and use classes
How to work with inheritance
How to define and use interfaces
More object-oriented programming skills

Module 3 More essential skills

How to work with arrays
How to work with collections and generics
How to work with strings
How to work with dates and times
How to work with file I/O
How to work with exceptions

Module 4 GUI programming

How to get started with JavaFX
How to get started with Swing
More Swing controls

Module 5 Database programming

An introduction to databases with SQLite
How to use JDBC to work with a database

Module 6 Advanced skills

How to work with lambda expressions and streams
How to work with threads