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Fast Track to Java for Existing OO Developers

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/JPA.

This course is suitable for environments using Java 8. The material includes coverage of all current Java capabilities that are within the scope of the material, including new Java 8 capabilities such as the new Date/Time API, and an overview of lambdas. It also stresses the use of good coding practices for all the examples and labs. This course is available for most IDEs, such as Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, 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.

Course Information:

Course Code: FTJ-OO

Price: $120

Duration: 3 days

Labs: many hands-on labs (minimum 50% of course)

Prerequisites: No programming experience necessary

Supported Software Environments:

Course 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 and 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 and use exceptions for error handling
  • Understand the basics of using JDBC and JPA, and use them to access databases from Java
  • Use the Java Collections Framework
  • Be aware of, and use the new features of Java 8, as well as important advanced features of earlier Java versions

Course Outline:

  • Session 1: A First Look (Accelerated)
    • A Simple Java Class
    • Java’s “Hello World” Program
  • Session 2: Java Basics
    • Language and Platform Features
    • Program Life Cycle
    • The Java SE Development Kit (JDK)
    • LABS:
      • Working with the Development Environment
  • Session 3: Class and Object Basics (Accelerated)
    • Classes, References, and Instantiation
    • Adding Methods (Behavior)
    • Storing Data in Fields
    • LABS:
      • Exploring Types and Object Instances
      • Writing and Using a Class Definition with Fields and Methods
  • Session 4: More on Classes and Objects (Accelerated)
    • Accessing data, the "this" variable
    • Encapsulation and Access Control, public and private Access
    • Constructors and Initialization
    • static Members of a Class
    • Review: Scopes, Blocks, References to Objects
    • Type-safe Enums
  • Session 5: Flow of Control (Accelerated)
    • Branching: if, if-else, switch
    • Iteration: while, do-while, for, break, continue
  • Session 6: Strings and Arrays (Accelerated)
    • String, StringBuffer, StringBuilder
    • Arrays, Primitive Arrays, Arrays of Reference Types
    • varargs
  • Session 7: Packages
    • Package Overview - Using Packages to Organize Code
    • import statements
    • Creating Packages
    • Finding Classes, Packages and Classpath
  • Session 8: Composition and Inheritance (Accelerated)
    • Using Composition to Deal With Complexity
    • Composition/HAS-A, Delegation
    • Inheritance, Overriding Methods, and Polymorphism
    • Class Object
    • Abstract Classes
  • Session 9: Interfaces (Accelerated)
    • Using Interfaces to Define Types
    • Interfaces and Abstract Classes
    • Default Methods and static Methods
  • Session 10: Exceptions
    • Exceptions and the Exception Hierarchy
    • try and catch
    • Handling Exceptions - Program Flow
    • finally
  • Session 11: 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
  • Session 12: Database Access with JDBC and JPA
    • JDBC Overview
      • JDBC Architecture and API
      • Using DriverManager, Connection, Statement and ResultSet
    • JPA Overview
      • JPA Architecture and Programming View
      • Entity Classes and Annotations
      • Mapping an Entity Class
      • EntityManagerFactory and EntityManager
      • Working with JPA (Find by primayry key and inserts)
  • Session 13: Additional Java Features
    • Java 8 Data/Time Support
    • Assertions
    • Type-safe Enums
    • Annotations
    • Java 8 lambda Expressions
    • Additional Features