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Introduction to Programming. Tutor: Bill Keller Office: 3R347a Email: 1.0. Object Oriented Programming Using Java and BlueJ. Taken by first-year undergraduates in: Computer Science, Multimedia & Digital Systems, Computing &Artificial Intelligence,

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introduction to programming

Introduction to Programming

Tutor: Bill Keller


Introduction to Programming


object oriented programming using java and bluej
Object Oriented Programming Using Java and BlueJ

Taken by first-year undergraduates in:

  • Computer Science,
  • Multimedia & Digital Systems,
  • Computing &Artificial Intelligence,
  • Computer Science with Management Studies,
  • Internet Computing,
  • Music Informatics
  • Information Technology for eCommerce

Plus some others (e.g. V/E and Maths with CS)

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course book
Course Book

David J. Barnes & Michael KöllingObjects First with JavaA Practical Introduction using BlueJ

(Third Edition)Pearson Education, 2006ISBN 0-13-197-629X

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what is bluej
What is BlueJ?
  • A development environment for Java
  • Aimed at novice programmers, but not a cut-down version of Java
  • Allows us to get to grips with “objects first”
  • Allows us to create and interact with objects before getting to grips with Java syntax

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general information
General Information
  • Three lectures per week.
  • There will be a (multi-part) assessed programming exercise.
  • Instructions for submission will be given later.
  • Everyone attends at least one two hour programming lab each.
  • Lab assignments are not to be handed in.
  • Help with these will be given at the lab classes.
  • Some of the lectures may be used to discuss solutions to exercises.

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Coursework (handed in this term) worth 50%

  • A multi-part programming exercise that builds towards a single program:
    • each part will have a separate submission deadline
    • each part will consist of the code from the previous part plus some new code
    • the mark for each part will be the mark for this new code, independent of the previous part
    • initial feedback will be given for each part after the deadline
    • the model answers to previous parts can be used in subsequent parts
    • the whole lot will be marked after the final submission
    • your final coursework mark will be computed by adding up your marks for each part
  • Exam (in Summer term) worth 50%

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teaching times
Teaching Times

Lectures will be the following times:

  • Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 in JMS 1A01
  • Thursday 11.00 -12.00 in JMS 1A01
  • Friday 12.00 – 1.00 in JMS 1A01

Lectures are compulsory!

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lab classes
Lab Classes

Everyone attends one lab per week:

  • Tuesday 11.00 -- 13.00 in C1003
  • Tuesday 14.00 -- 16.00 in C1003
  • Tuesday 16.00 -- 18.00 in C1003
  • Friday 14.00 -- 16.00 in C1003
  • Friday 16.00 -- 18.00 in C1003

Lab classes are compulsory!

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additional drop in lab classes
Additional Drop-in Lab Classes
  • Extra classes may be made available each week on an as-needed basis.
  • Highly recommended for anyone new to object-oriented programming
  • Times will be announced shortly.

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other sources of help
Other Sources of Help
  • Study Direct site:
    • course notes and information
    • exercises and activities
    • discussion forums…..
  • Books
  • Peer Assisted Learning scheme (PAL)

- drop-in study groups led by someone who has recently taken the course

  • Me!!

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and remember



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course contents
Course Contents
  • Introduction to object-oriented programming…
  • …with a strong software engineering foundation…
  • …aimed at producing and maintaining large, high-quality software systems.

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responsibility-driven design








mutator methods

collection classes

polymorphic method calls

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  • Sound knowledge of programming principles
  • Sound knowledge of object-orientation
  • Able to critically assess the quality of a (small) software system
  • Able to implement a small software system in Java
  • Able to program well enough in Java to form basis for other courses

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why java
Why Java?
  • Designed with Internet applications in mind
  • Rapidly becoming one of the most important programming languages (along with C and C++)
  • Object Oriented - encourages very disciplined programming in terms of “objects” and their behaviours
  • Architecture neutral and portable - will run with the same behaviour on any processor and under any operating system

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applications and applets
Applications and Applets
  • There are two types of Java program:
    • Applications are just like any normal computer program which you execute by giving an appropriate command to the operating system
    • Applets are programs which execute from within a web browser. The browser downloads the (compiled) Java program from the web page, and runs it on your machine.
  • This course will concentrate on applications.

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java which version
Java - which version?
  • About 8 years ago, Java underwent a major revision (version 1.0 to 1.1)
    • changed various features of the language
    • It was a major functional change
  • More recently we’ve seen Java 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, and in the last couple of years 1.5 (aka Java 5) and 1.6 (Java SE 6).
  • Java 5 made some notable functional changes to the language, introducing e.g. for each loops and generic classes.
  • The change to Java SE 6 is less visible as far as we are concerned.
  • We will be using the third edition of Objects First with Java, which uses Java 5.
  • In the labs we will be running code with Java SE 6.

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the structure of java
The Structure of Java
  • Java is made up of the basic language plus lots of packages (libraries) containing useful facilities:
    • java.lang is included automatically
    • other official packages have to be explicitly importedinto your program
  • local and other 3rd party libraries also have to be imported.

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course overview this term
Course Overview: This Term
  • Objects and classes
  • Understanding class definitions
  • Object interaction
  • Grouping objects
  • More sophisticated behaviour - libraries
  • Well-behaved objects - testing, maintaining, debugging
  • Designing classes

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course overview next term
Course Overview: Next Term
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
  • Extendable, flexible class structures
  • Handling errors
  • Designing applications

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to do this week
To Do This Week
  • Get into the labs
  • Read the online course documentation on Study Direct
  • Read chapter 1 of Objects First with BlueJ
  • Fire up BlueJ
  • Have a go at the exercises from chapter 1

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