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Introduction To Java (2-Day Class)

Class Sessions

Date Location Cost
  • Thu Aug 8, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Fri Aug 9, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Redwood Hall G6 (POST) $675

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Class Description

Java's motto is write once, run anywhere; code that runs on one platform need not be recompiled for a different platform. Older code runs on the most JVMs with the speed advantage of the latest profiling, native code translating, and memory management.

Prerequisites: No previous programming or Java background is required.   

A general-purpose, concurrent, class-based, object-oriented programming Language, Java is designed to be portable across different platforms. It tries to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. Java follows many of the syntactic conventions of C and C++.

The goal of this course is to teach Java programming. The course will cover the syntax, data structures, common classes, and common techniques of Java programming. 

The course is set up in a lab-like environment. Students will learn Java by working through instructor-led exercises and examples that will introduce them to each new topic. 

Topics covered include: 


  • Hello World program in Java
  • Command line compile using javac
  • Command line deployment using jar


Basic Syntax

  • Structure of program
  • Comments
  • Statements
  • Assignments
  • Calling methods on objects
  • Calling methods on classes


Primitive Data Types

  • Println statement
  • Variables, types, assignment
  • Numeric types: integer, floating-point
  • Integer literals
  • Floating-point literals
  • Numeric operators: + / * % 
  • Assignment operators, increment/decrement operators
  • Relational operators: < > <= >= == !=
  • Boolean type
  • Boolean operators: && || !



  • Character literals
  • String literals
  • Escaped characters: \n \t \\ \" \'
  • String operators: + +=
  • Accessing string characters
  • String comparison and equality

Control Structures

  • If, If-Else
  • Ternary operator: a ? b : c
  • While, Do-While, For


Arrays and Collections

  • Array literals
  • Manipulating array elements


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