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Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ [Paperback]

David J. Barnes , Michael Kölling
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30 Sep 2011 0132835541 978-0132835541 5
Objects First with Java: A Practical Introduction Using BlueJ, 5e, is ideal for introductory courses in Java/Introduction to Programming and Object-Oriented Programming and for beginning programmers.
 
This is the only introductory programming textbook that uses the BlueJ integrated development environment (IDE) to teach introductory and object-oriented programming principles using Java. Its close integration with the BlueJ development environment allows this book to focus on key aspects of object-oriented software development from day one. BlueJ's clear visualization of classes and objects means that readers can immediately appreciate the differences between them, and gain a much better understanding of the nature of an object than they would from simply reading source code. Unlike traditional textbooks, the chapters are not ordered by language features but by software development concepts. Language features are introduced as a response to the problems to be solved. A large number of different, interesting projects are used to provide variety and avoid the monotony of a running problem. This book takes an “objects first” approach to teaching the traditionally difficult concepts of objects in a manipulative visual form. Throughout, the emphasis is on developing a practical approach to programming, with students encouraged to add code to existing programs rather than working with an intimidating sheet of blank paper. This textbook is printed in four-color to aid pedagogy and reader learning.

 

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132835541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132835541
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Objects First with Java ; A Practical Introduction using BlueJ

Learn Java and BlueJ straight from the source!

Welcome to the first introductory programming textbook that completely integrates BlueJ with the teaching of object-oriented principles using Java.

BlueJ is a Java development environment that runs on top of the Sun Microsystems Java Development Kit making use of the standard compiler and virtual machine. It has been specifically designed for the introductory teaching of object-oriented programming, allowing the student to create objects of any class and interact with their methods. This truly objects first approach within the customised BlueJ environment is expected to revolutionise the way programming is taught. For the first time, the traditionally difficult concepts of objects and classes are bought alive in an easily manipulable visual form.

Key features

  • Objects first approach

BlueJ supports teaching tools that are not available in other environments, including the visualisation of class structure. This means that the student can interact with objects directly, even before looking at the first line of Java syntax!

  • Project driven approach to problem solving

Each chapter contains problems which are analyzed before the language constructs are introduced that can solve them. What is more, the book is structured along the lines of fundamental development tasks, giving clear coverage of the principles of object-oriented programming

  • Spiral approach

Challenging topics are introduced early, and then revisited later in the book in a different context in order to deepen understanding

  • Thorough treatment of object-oriented principles

Pointers are used within each chapter to refer the student to further reading, supplementary sources, and language references

  • Supplements

The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the JDK and BlueJ for various operating systems. A companion website contains the style guide for all examples used in the book, as well as power point slides for instructors.

Michael Kölling is one of the developers of the BlueJ software, and is currently based at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. David J. Barnes is at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and is the author of Object-Oriented Programming with Java, also published by Prentice Hall.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Barnes is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. He has been teaching introductory programming for over 25 years, and has practical experience of a wide range of programming languages. He has been teaching object-oriented programming in Java for over 10 years. David is passionate about the excitement that is inherent in computer science and is actively involved in promoting it as a subject area to high-school children. In addition to computing education, his main research is in the area of software engineering.

 

Michael Kölling is a Senior Lecturer at the Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. He holds a PhD in computer science from Sydney University, and has worked in Australia, Denmark and the UK. Michael’s research interests are in the areas of object-oriented systems, programming languages, software tools, computing education. He has published numerous papers on object-orientation and computing education topics. Michael is one of the developers of BlueJ and, more recently, the Greenfoot platform.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, I would give it 6 stars if I was allowed to. It seems to have 2 things which all other books lack: it teaches from 'the beginning' and it is packed with useful exercises. The author expains the concepts of object oriented programming (in java but the concepts are useful for many other languages!) very well, he doesn't introduce inheritance until half way through the book and by the time he does, you are really ready for it due to the excellent teaching structure of the book. The author seems to have a great way of making you do exercises and getting you to ask yourself questions like 'wouldn't it be handy if there was something like subclassing?', and then surprise surprise!, the next section is on subclassing!

As I said, many other books seem to introduce loads of theory without giving yu any practice. This book gets you practicing and then thinking of the theory youself.

This book works for a range of people. It is great for beginners (although I highly recommend that you do every exercise), but I am sure that many experienced programmers would find it very useful too, at least for brushing up on certain concepts....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Jj Weir
Format:Paperback
Had my first taste of BlueJ as a college student at Bell College Hamilton, my Java skills have increased tremendously mainly due to the principles and concepts learned from BlueJ.
This book stands miles above all Beginner java book's on the market today. The book comes with its own IDE "BlueJ". The book focuses early on Classes, Objects and clearly explains the concepts with little regard to code. The book then invites the reader to open up example projects with the BlueJ IDE and gets the user to create objects from the classes then examine the methods, again paying little attention to coding (There is plenty of coding and exercises in this book, but kept to minimum at this stage as it’s vital to understand the concepts related with classes and objects and methods). This then enables the user to better visualize abstract concepts and object behavior.
The book uses an iterative approach and user finds that principles taught in the book are used throughout the book. The book teaches you to code practical programs such as a Database to contain CD and Video objects; most importantly it stimulates your mind and imagination. This enables the user to find other ways to apply the concepts to other problems. The book gets you to into the habit of thinking of items as objects. Plain and simple BlueJ gives you the right amount of Java knowledge without going into unnecessary details and allows the user to see the big picture and enable them to successfully start understanding more advanced Java material.
When I got to university the Students who used BlueJ at college were miles ahead in understanding Java language than those who had not. Most students who did not use BlueJ before university had a habit of writing procedural style programs with the Java
language.
Recommended !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best place to start 4 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is an introduction to the concept of Object Oriented programming using the Java language. It is not a complete course in Java and by avoiding getting too involved in the specifics of the Java language, allows the skills you will learn to be applied to writing code in any object oriented language.

The book is fantastically laid out with full colour-coded syntax for all code examples making it much easier to read than most programming books.

This is a tutorial rather than a reference book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By bs3ac
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a university graduate, graduating in computer science with a 2.1 with honours.

Our course relied heavily on programming and Java was the language of choice.

Objects First with BlueJ was an essential read and the use of the BlueJ IDE was expected from all students.

Now after graduating I have read additional books on Java as to me some concepts remained unclear and so I wished to brush up on them.

Only after reading 'Head First Java' did I realise how poorly written 'Objects First' (using BlueJ) actually is. I found the book to be a very dry read and easy to forget in comparision to the layout and structure of that in the Heads First range.

Programming should be fun (if it is not then it may not be for you). It was through using Head First Java that I was able to understand complex concepts of programming while not getting bored of page after page of text.

I wll say however I found the BlueJ IDE a good learning tool to understand class relations and how objects act within a program.

If you are new to programming I would give you this advice (which I wish someone would have told me before I started my course).

Make sure you have a good understanding on the foundations of programming before attempting more complex areas. What I mean by this is truly understand objects and classes and how objects initiante an instance of a class and how those objects can be used with other objects of different classes to carry our tasks. It is through having a good understanding of the concepts of programming (in how OO works) that you can build greater knowledge on programming and it also makes the use of concepts like RMI and I/O using Sockets far easier to understand.

My second tip is to make sure you PROGRAM!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner book if forced to use BlueJ
As an introduction, this book isn't bad. Its main problem is that it uses BlueJ, which isn't a very good environment to learn in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DontWantTo
2.0 out of 5 stars Uni recommended reading (dont buy it unless you have money for 2...
I got this because my university told me to for year 1 Java. Don't waste your money. I didn't find it very clear at all and struggled through year 1. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. A. McKay-dirden
1.0 out of 5 stars absolutelly useless
firstly there is no real-life java code in here! secondly, as many have said, there are no answers to exercises, and the author shamelessly tells you to source your answers from... Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Music
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for Java Beginners
This book I highly recommend for Java beginners. It is very clear and easy to understand with many examples. I started off with this book as well as using BlueJ. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jonathan Prasetyo
5.0 out of 5 stars Just excellent...
I have never picked something up from a book as quickly as I did Java (and programming in general) from this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by James Hamilton
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Never used it but when it arrived it was in excellent condition and it arrived on time but it was really expensive. This book is not for the use of computing beginners.
Published 18 months ago by Rochel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book!
Very fast dispatch and delivery! My item was received the next day and in brilliant condition. This book is great for beginning programmers such as myself, as it is all broken down... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Roosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for anyone starting with java.
Difficult book to review I guess as I have mixed feelings concerning the exercises. When I first got this book for my computer science course I found it to be almost useless. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Doc Holliday
5.0 out of 5 stars Objects First
The title says it all and it works!
BlueJ is a great environment to program in. The book is a great tutorial style book. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by Nico
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully satisfied:)
I'm happy with this transaction, no problems at all. Quick exchange, definitely some day will come back and buy something else with this sealer;)
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Kamila
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