Introduction to Java Programming using RAD 7.5

Course:  JAVARD
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This course provides training on the foundation of the Java language, those aspects of the language that will be used in every Java Object. The topics are customized to include RAD as an editor and debugger. The course includes best practices and performance considerations, with an even mix of lecture and hand-on labs. The designs and code developed in the course lay a solid foundation of skills for application enterprise development.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to Java

  • Overview: Introduction to Java
  • History of Java
  • What You Need to Write Java
  • Types of Java Programs
  • Java Comments
  • Java Naming Conventions
  • Java Keywords
  • General Code Structure
  • A Simple Java Program
  • The Java Development Cycle
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Java Class Structure
  • Java Types and Variables
  • Declaration and Initialization
  • Java Methods
  • The "return" Keyword
  • Object Constructors and "new"
  • Java Packages and "import"
  • Code, Compile, and Test an Object
  • Web of Communicating Objects
  • Multiple Classes in the Same File
  • Review: Introduction to Java
  • Lab: Introduction to Java

Java Data Types

  • Overview: Java Data Types
  • Primitive Types
  • Special Literal Values
  • Operators
  • Non-primitive Types: Classes
  • Classes: Types and Modules
  • Assigning Primitives vs. Objects
  • Changing Primitives vs. Objects
  • Strings: a Special Class
  • Assignment & Immutability
  • Generic Types
  • Variable Scope
  • Declaration and Initialization
  • Initialization Defaults
  • Instance vs. Static Variables
  • Inheritance In Java
  • Inheritance Hierarchies
  • Legal Assignments to Variables
  • Explicit Casts
  • Casting of Primitives
  • Review: Java Data Types
  • Lab: Java Data Types

Java Methods

  • Overview: Java Methods
  • Classes: Modules and Types
  • Java Methods
  • The "return" Keyword
  • Calling a Method
  • Static Methods
  • Encapsulation and Privacy
  • Accessor and Mutator Methods
  • Encapsulation in the Java API
  • The "this" Keyword
  • Overloading Methods
  • Methods and Inheritance
  • Overriding Methods
  • Calls to Superclass's Methods
  • Review: Java Methods
  • Lab: Java Methods

Java Control Structures

  • Overview: Java Control Structures
  • If/Else
  • Switch/Case/Default
  • While and Do/While
  • For Loop
  • Logical for Loop
  • Break and Continue
  • Labeled Loops
  • Logical And (&&) and Or (||)
  • Java Arrays
  • Array Elements and Initialization
  • Arrays are Objects
  • Object Groups & Polymorphism
  • Command Line Arguments
  • Garbage Collection
  • Review: Java Control Structures
  • Lab: Java Control Structures

RAD Concepts

  • Workbench Features and Supported Standards
  • Eclipse, Workbench, Workspaces and Perspectives
  • Enabling Roles and Capabilities
  • Creating Projects and Setting Project Properties

RAD: The Java Perspective

  • Creating Packages and Classes
  • Java Editor Features
  • Pop-up Outlines and Folding
  • Code and Content Assist
  • Import Assistance and Refactoring

Java Classes

  • Overview: Java Classes
  • Features of a Java Class
  • Inheritance of Classes
  • The "Object" Class
  • Inheritance vs. Containment Hierarchies
  • Java Modifiers
  • Access Modifiers
  • General Modifiers
  • Specialized Modifiers
  • The "final" Modifier
  • Abstract Classes and Methods
  • Inheriting from Abstract Classes
  • Java Interfaces
  • Inheriting from Interfaces
  • Multiple Inheritance
  • Interfaces and Polymorphism
  • Review: Java Classes
  • Lab: Java Classes

Java Event Handling

  • Overview: Java Event Handling
  • Java Event Model
  • java.awt.event Events
  • java.awt.event Listeners
  • Working with Events
  • Listener Definition
  • Listener Registration
  • Listener Registration and Events
  • Example of Event Handling
  • Component Listeners and Events
  • Lab: Java Event Handling

Constructors & Other Topics

  • Overview: Constructors, etc.
  • Defining Constructors
  • No-Parameter Constructor
  • this() to Call Other Constructors
  • super() to call super-constructor
  • Implicit Call to super()
  • Defining New Java Packages
  • Compiling Classes in Packages
  • Package Use in Other Classes
  • Finding Classes in the Classpath
  • Automating Commands
  • Access Modifiers
  • Javadoc Document Generation
  • Javadoc Markup Syntax
  • Using the Javadoc Utility
  • Annotations in Java
  • Review: Constructors, etc.
  • Lab: Constructors, etc.
  • RAD: Debug Perspective
  • Debug Options and Views
  • Line Breakpoints, Exception Breakpoints, Method Breakpoints and Watchpoints
  • Breakpoint Properties: Defining Conditional Breakpoints and Hit Counts
  • Debug Actions
  • Step-by-Step Debugging

The java.lang Package

  • Overview: java.lang Package
  • java.lang Hierarchy
  • The Object Class
  • Methods of the Object class
  • Example: Object Equality Test
  • Cloneable Interface
  • Shallow vs. Deep Clones
  • Comparable Interface
  • Strings: a Special Class
  • Assignments & Immutability
  • String Methods
  • StringBuffer
  • Primitive Wrappers
  • Math Methods
  • System
  • Class
  • Review: The java.lang Package
  • Lab: The java.lang Package

Java Exceptions

  • Overview: Java Exceptions
  • Exception Hierarchy
  • Types of Java Errors
  • Methods of Throwable
  • Exception Generation
  • Handling Exceptions: try/catch
  • Handling Multiple Exceptions
  • Handling Exceptions: finally
  • Exceptions in finally Block
  • Throwing to Calling Method
  • Re-Throwing Exceptions
  • Re-Typing Exceptions
  • Runtime (Unchecked) Exceptions
  • Use Of Unchecked Exceptions
  • Processing in the Catch Block
  • Defining New Exception Types
  • Review: Java Exceptions
  • Lab: Java Exceptions

The java.util Package

  • Overview: java.util Package
  • java.util Hierarchy
  • Date
  • Calendar
  • java.text.DateFormat
  • Java's "Old" Collections: Vector
  • Enumeration
  • Hashtable
  • Collections Hold Generic Objects
  • Java's New Collections
  • Collection Hierarchy
  • Interfaces vs. Concrete Collections
  • Lab: java.util Package
  • Lab: Sales Person Flow

Java Input/Output

(If desired, this topic can be replaced with one covering access to SQL DBs)

  • Overview: Java Input/Output
  • Java I/O Through Streams
  • java.io Byte Streams
  • java.io Character Streams
  • Stream Chaining
  • Multiple Stream Chaining
  • Common Stream Methods
  • Stream Exception Handling
  • File Input Example
  • File Output Example
  • System Streams
  • The File Class
  • Platform-Neutral File Access
  • Object Serialization in Java
  • The Serializable Interface
  • Marking Properties as Transient
  • Serializable Class Prerequisites
  • Serialized Object Trees
  • Using Object Output Streams
  • Using Object Input Streams
  • Serial Versions
  • Custom Serialization
  • FileDialog and JFileChooser
  • Review: Java Input/Output
  • Lab: Basic Input/Output
  • Lab: Object Serialization

RAD: JUnit

  • RAD Testing Support
  • Adding JUnit to the Workspace
  • Creating JUnit Test Cases and Suites
  • Running JUnit Tests
  • Using the JUnit View
  • Guidelines and Recommendations
What You Can Expect

At the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental syntax of the Java language
  • Comprehend object oriented programming
  • Use the java.lang, java.util and java.io packages
  • Use RAD to develop Java applications
  • Understand how to debug using RAD
  • Create Business Objects using RAD
Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for programmers who need to develop object-oriented Java programming skills. Programming experience is necessary in order to gain the full benefits of this training course.

Recommended Prerequisites

Programming experience in a language like Cobol, C, .NET or the equivalent is required. Object-oriented programming concepts is not necessary in order to gain the full benefits of this course.

Training Style

Instructor led with 50% lecture and 50% lab.

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