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Fast Track to Java for OO Developers
3 Day Onsite / 21 Hour Online Class and Hands-On Training.

Fast Track to Java for OO Developers is a demanding, fast paced course suitable for programmers with existing experience in other OO languages such as C++ or C#. It builds on the knowledge that Object-Oriented programmers already possess to provide an accelerated approach to learning the Java programming language and good Java programming practice.

In addition to teaching you everything you need to become productive in basic Java programming, this course draws on our extensive experience to provide a solid understanding of the core OO and Java concepts and practices needed to create well designed Java programs. It leverages the student's existing knowledge about OO programming to show how to use Java at an accelerated pace. This includes material on creating well designed Java classes, using encapsulation, building more complex functionality with composition, and using inheritance to share functionality and create specialized types. It also covers more advanced concepts such as using interfaces, working with the Java Collections Framework, and accessing databases with JDBC.

This course is suitable for environments using either Java 5, Java 6, or Java 7. The material includes coverage of all current Java capabilities that are within the scope of the material, including new Java 7 capabilities such as strings in switch statements, and Multi-catch. It also stresses the use of good coding practices for all the examples and labs. All labs are doable in any of the supported Java environments. This course is available for most IDEs, such as Eclipse and IBM RAD

Be prepared to work hard and learn a great deal! The course can be held on-site & customized to fit your needs.

Objectives:

  • Understand Java’s importance, uses, strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand Java language basics
  • Write, compile, and run Java programs
  • Understand and use classes, inheritance, polymorphism
  • Create well designed classes and use them in your Java programs
  • Use composition and delegation to create objects from other objects
  • Understand & use packages to organize code
  • Understand interfaces, their importance, and their uses
  • Use interfaces to implement abstraction
  • Learn good Java coding style
  • Create well structured Java programs
  • Compile and execute programs with the JDK development tools and with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of your choice
  • Use the core Java libraries (java.lang, java.util)
  • Understand & use exceptions for error handling
  • Understand the basics of using JDBC, and use it to access databases from Java
  • Use the Java Collections Framework
  • Be aware of, and use the new features of Java
  • Understand and use basic I/O streams (Optional)
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A First Look (Accelerated)

  • A Simple Java Class
  • Java’s “Hello World” Program
  • LABS: 
    • Hello World:  A Simple Application

Java Basics

  • Language and Platform Features
  • Program Life Cycle
  • The Java SE Development Kit (JDK)
  • LABS: 
    • Working with the Development Environment

Class and Object Basics (Accelerated)

  • Classes, References, and Instantiation
  • Adding Data to a Class Definition
  • Adding Methods (Behavior)
  • LABS: 
    • Exploring Types and Object Instances
    • Writing and Using a Class Definition with Fields and Methods

More on Classes and Objects (Accelrated)

  • Accessing data, the "this" variable
  • Encapsulation and Access Control, public and private Access
  • Constructors and Initialization
  • static Members of a Class
  • Scopes, Blocks, References to Objects
  • LABS: 
    • Encapsulation / Access Protection
    • Writing and Using Constructors
    • (Optional) Static Members
    • Using the Debugger

Flow of Control (Accelerated)

  • Branching: if, if-else, switch
  • Iteration: while, do-while, for, break, continue
  • LABS: 
    • Flow of Control / Data Validation

Strings and Arrays (Accelerated)

  • String, StringBuffer, StringBuilder
  • Arrays, Primitive Arrays, Arrays of Reference Types
  • varargs
  • LABS: 
    • Using Strings and Arrays

Packages

  • Package Overview - Using Packages to Organize Code
  • import statements
  • Creating Packages, package Statement, Required Directory Structure
  • Finding Classes, Packages and Classpath
  • LABS:
    • Using Packages to Organize Code

Composition and Inheritance (Accelerated)

  • Using Composition to Deal With Complexity
  • Composition/HAS-A, Delegation
  • Using Inheritance and Polymorphism to share commonality
  • IS-A, extends, Inheriting Features, Overriding Methods, Using Polymorphism
  • Class Object
  • Abstract Classes
  • LABS:
    • (Optional) Working with Composition
    • Using Inheritance to Specialize Classes

Interfaces (Accelerated)

  • Using Interfaces to Define Types
  • Interfaces and Abstract Classes
  • LABS:
    • Using Interfaces to Remove Implementation Dependencies

Exceptions

  • Exceptions and the Exception Hierarchy
  • try and catch
  • Handling Exceptions
  • Program Flow with Exceptions
  • finally
  • LABS:
    • Throwing and Handling Exceptions

JDBC

  • JDBC basics
  • JDBC Architecture
  • Using JDBC drivers & DriverManager
  • Class Connection and connecting to a database
  • Class Statement and executing SQL statements
  • Other statement types
  • Driver types
  • LABS:
    • Connecting and Querying using JDBC
    • Inserting and Updating with JDBC

Java Collections and Generics

  • The Collections Framework and its API
  • Collections and Java Generics
  • Collection, Set, List, Map, Iterator
  • Autoboxing
  • Collections of Object (non-generic)
  • Using ArrayList, HashSet, and HashMap
  • for-each Loop
  • Processing Items With an Iterator
  • More About Generics
  • LABS: 
    • Using Lists and Generics
    • Using Sets

Additional Java Features

  • Assertions
  • Type-safe Enums
  • Annotations
  • Additional Features in Java 6 and Java 7

I/O Streams (Optional)

  • Readers and Writers
  • Filter Streams
  • InputStreams and OutputStreams
  • Converting Between Streams and Readers/Writers
  • New I/O (NIO) APIs
  • LABS: 
    • Using FileReader/FileWriter
 
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