Java Programming

Streaming Video Lectures On-Demand 

Colin Archibald, Ph.D.
Valencia Community College
Orlando, FL 32811

This is a complete course in the Java language.  It uses the the free programming tools from Sun Microsystems, and Eclipse. 

It is intended for students who have some background in computer programming.  Beginners are referred to the video lecture course Computer Programming Concepts

Students completing this course will have a solid understanding of the Java language, including data types, control structures, operators, arrays, classes, objects, inheritance, interfaces, and polymorphism.. 


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Outline of Video Contents

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01 Java Programming Getting Started

22 mins.

       Java syntax

      Getting around in Eclipse

      The history of Java - why has it survived radical changes in computing?

02 Variables, Data Types, Arithmetic Operators

17 mins.

      Variables and data types -  int and double primitive types

      Compile-time errors and Run-time errors

      Naming variables - legal and conventional

      Arithmetic expressions - precedence order

      Operators have a data type
03 More Data Types - Mixed Type Expressions

31 mins.

       The 8 Primitive types

      Literal constants

      Java is "strongly typed"

      Operators work on like-type operands

      Promotion can happen implicitly, but demotion must be explicit.

      Cast operators

      There are no arithmetic operators for byte and short

      In mixed-type expressions, the type of the operator is determined based on the type of the operands at the time that operator will execute

      A boolean variable hold only true or false, and cannot be promoted or demoted.

04 Short-cut Operators 

    20 mins.

  Combined assignment operators

       += -=  *=  /=  %=

    Increment and Decrement operators ++  --

    Declaring constants with "final"
05 Relation Operators and Selection

  39 mins.

   Relational Operators  >  <  >=  <=  == !==

   Selection statements
           if,   if-else,   switch,    ?  :
06 Logical Operators

 14 mins.

  Logical Operators:  And Or Not

      &&   &    ||   |     !

  The effect of short-circuiting operators
07 Repetition 

  20 mins.

  while,  do- while,  for loops

   where do you start, stop, how to get there?
08 Problem Solving with Repetition and Selection

  41 mins.

A few problems are presented and solved

Get comfortable walking through code inteh Eclipse debugger



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10 Arrays

  30 mins.

   Java arrays know how many elements they have  .length
    Space for an array is allocated dynamically at run-time
    The indexes of an array start with 0 (zero).
Eg. an array with 10 elements has indexes 0 – 9
    Arrays can be of any data type – elements are used as if they are simple variables of that type
    Array elements are initialized to 0, 0.0, false, or null
    A variable can be used in the allocation of space for an array
    for (int i = 0; i < myArray.length; i++){ 
i] = …
    There is a loop in Java for reading arrays.  Enhanced for loop, for each
       for( double element : array)
11 2-D and Ragged Arrays

 20 mins.


   Declaring 2-D arrays  [][]

   Arrays know how big they are - the length property

   Looping through the rows and colums with a nested for loop

   The Ragged array

   Allocating space for ragged arrays

   Looping through the elements of a ragged array is the same as rectangular arrays


12 Static Methods

  25 mins.

   Dividing up the work into functional modules called "Methods"

   Return type, name, parameter list

   Use camelCase with a verb for method names

   Pass information into a method through the parameter list

   You can pass primitive or arrays to a method

   All methods have a return type even if it is "void" which means that the method does not return anything 
13 Classes and Objects
  33 mins.

  A class is a blueprint for the creation of objects

  The HAS A relationship between the class and its instance variables (private)

  Conventions are strong, and should be followed in all cases

  Constructor methods, accessor and mutator methods (public)

  toString method - public String toString() {

14 Composition static this

  43 mins.

Class variables and methods – belong to the class – static

Instance variables and methods – belong to the object <dynamic>

Static methods – belong to the class, and are called from the name of the class

double result = Math.sqrt(100); // static method call – use the name of the class

int myMonth = birthday.getMonth(); // dynamic method call - must be called from an object

this - a reference variable to the object that was used to call the method.

this - does not exist in a static method – no object was used – the name of the class was used.

Static methods can only call other static methods.

Dynamic methods can call other dynamic methods AND can call static methods.

 30 mins.


16 Inheritance IS A

40 mins.

  Java is a single – inheritance language; each class has one parent

  Child classes know about their parent, but parent classes do not know about their children

  The IS A relationship is used for design using inheritance – in Java the keyword is extends

  The first line of every constructor is a call to the parent constructor, if you don’t put it there, Java will do it for you.

  Object is the universal super class.

  You can override inherited methods – some you are expected to override
(Thanks, but no-thanks) toString, equals

17 Inheritance Rules

 10 mins.

Access Modifiers – private public protected – inheritance implications

A final variable, method, class – can’t change them

    Variable can’t be assigned a new value

    Method cannot be overridden

    Class cannot be extended
18 Polymorphism

 41 mins.

   Compile-time type vs. Run-time type - satisfy the compiler first

   Dynamic method binding – call the method from the object that you actually have, not the method from the Compile-time class

   Write methods that can take different kinds of objects based on the data type of the parameter, i.e. a method that want you to pass an Animal, you can pass anything that IS A Animal. (Polymorphism)

   You can use the instanceof operator to determine what kind of object you have at runtime.

   The equals method – you should override this method. It is expected to be in your classes.

19 Abstract Classes and Methods

 22 mins.

    Any class that has one or more abstract methods is an abstract class

   You cannot make an instance of an abstract class

   Abstract classes still have concrete methods, data, constructors, toString…

   Abstract classes ‘impose’ something on all of the sub classes

   Abstract methods must be overridden by the sub-class.

   The name of an abstract class can still be used as a compile-time type
20 Interfaces

40 mins.

   Other than a class the only identifier that starts with a CaptialLetter

   An interface contains public abstract method signatures

   Interfaces do NOT have concrete methods, data, constructors, toString…

   Interfaces do ‘impose’ something on all classes that agree to implement them

   The name of an interface can be used as a compile-time type

   This is another form of polymorphism. Write a method that takes and object that is from a class that implements an interface.

   In this type of polymorphism, we know something about the object, but we don’t know anything about its inheritance.

Appendix 1: Installing Eclipse

11 mins.



      Download and install the Eclipse development environment for Java programmers

We will use the Standard Edition of Java  SE

      Create Hello World in Java with Eclipse to make sure everything is working

Appendix 2: Binary Numbers

30 mins.

These number systems appendices are borrowed from another course and are only useful for Java programmers who need to know what the bits look like inside the integer data types..

  • Decimal number system, base 10

  • Binary number system, base 2

  • A Byte has 8 bits

  • One byte can hold values 0 – 255

  • Bytes can be combined to represent larger values.

  • Converting from decimal to binary, and binary to decimal.


Appendix 3: Hexadecimal Numbers

25 mins. 


  • Hexadecimal (hex) uses Base 16.

  • Hex is an easier way to represent binary numbers.

  • 4 bits can be represented in one hex place

  • Conversion between binary and hex is very quick.

  • All programmers must know how to represent numbers in binary and hex.