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Introduction to Programming

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  • Understand what Java is
  • Install Java and learn how to run it
  • Write and execute a Java program
  • Write and execute the test for your program
  • Install components and confgure your development environment
  • Learn and use Java language fundamentals
  • Learn object-oriented design principles
  • Master the frequently used Java constructs

Have you ever thought about making your computer do what you want it to do? Do you want to learn to program, but just don't know where to start? Instead of guiding you in the right direction, have other learning resources got you confused with over-explanations?

Don't worry. Look no further. Introduction to Programming is here to help.

Written by an industry expert who understands the challenges faced by those from a non-programming background, this book takes a gentle, hand-holding approach to introducing you to the world of programming. Beginning with an introduction to what programming is, you'll go on to learn about languages, their syntax, and development environments. With plenty of examples for you to code alongside reading, the book's practical approach will help you to grasp everything it has to offer. More importantly, you'll understand several aspects of application development. As a result, you'll have your very own application running by the end of the book. To help you comprehensively understand Java programming, there are exercises at the end of each chapter to keep things interesting and encourage you to add your own personal touch to the code and, ultimately, your application.

  • Enjoy your first step into the world of programming
  • Understand what a language is and use its features to build applications
  • Learn about a wide variety of programming applications
Page Count 722
Course Length 21 hours 39 minutes
Date Of Publication 14 Jun 2018
What is the purpose of design?
A roadmap to a good design
Exercise – Design patterns
What are standard and external libraries?
Java standard libraries
Java external libraries
Exercise – Comparing String.indexOf() and StringUtils.indexOf()
What are collections?
List - ArrayList preserves order
Set - HashSet does not allow duplicates
Map – HashMap stores/retrieves objects by key
Exercise – EnumSet methods
Managing collections
Manage arrays
Exercise – Sort list of objects
Managing objects
Managing strings
Managing time
Managing random numbers
Exercise – Objects.equals() result
What is Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)?
Creating a database and its structure 
Create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) data
Exercise – Selecting unique first names
Functional programming
Lambda expressions
Exercise – Using the method reference to create a new object
How to process a lot of data quickly
Reactive systems
Exercise – Creating io.reactivex.Observable


Nick Samoylov

Nick Samoylov graduated as an engineer-physicist from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, has worked as a theoretical physicist, and learned how to program as a tool for testing his mathematical models using FORTRAN and C++.

After the demise of the USSR, Nick created and successfully ran a software company, but was forced to close it under pressure from governmental and criminal rackets. In 1999, with his wife Luda and two daughters, he emigrated to the USA and has been living in Colorado since then, working as a Java programmer.

In his free time, Nick likes to read (mostly non-fiction), write (fiction novels and blogs), and hike the Rocky Mountains.