For MSIS 33:623:388, Business Applications of Structured Programming, Fall 2000

Overview: Our goal in this course is to learn in some depth the principles of programming and software development using the language Java. The emphasis will be both on structured and object oriented style. While Java is our main tool and thus necessarily we will devote a large amount of time mastering its syntax and techniques, our objective will be broader. In other words we will attempt to learn principles that go beyond Java per se and hopefully will be useful for other programming languages as well.

Text Book: Deitel & Deitel, "Java, How to Program", 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 1999.

Prerequisites: No previous knowledge of programming languages is required. However those of you that are familiar with some other language, particularly C, will have an easier ride in the first few weeks. You need to have access to a personal computer (Windows, Mac or Unix will all work.) You need to be able to download and install software on this machine. You also need to have access to internet.

Home works, exams and grading: We will have one mid term exam (25% of your grade) and one final exam (30% of your grade). The remaining 45% is determined by the programming projects. Please note: Programming projects are the heart and soul of this course. Without doing them you will not be able to learn anything from this course. Therefore, I insist that you make your best efforts to do them all. To enforce this we have the following rule:

No one will be able to pass this course if they fail to hand in more than one homework assignment. Furthermore no one will pass the course if their cumulative point from programming assignments is less than 60% of total possible points. In other words if the maximum possible points from programs is, say 400, then you can not pass the course if your score from these programs is less than 240. These rules stand regardless of your score from the exams.

Tentative List of Topics

Topic 1

Introduction to Computers: (1.5 lectures)

    Computer architecture: CPU, memory, disks, peripherals, networks

    Programming languages: machine/assembly language, high level language, compilers, Java virtual Machine

    Installing Java and related software

    Files, folders, editors

    .java and .class files, write and execute a java program

    Read: Chapter 1

Topic 2

Anatomy of Java Programs: (1.5 lectures)


    Data and fields



    Detailed examination of simple java program

    Read: sections 2.1-2.3

Topic 3

Memory Concepts, variables, simple types, expressions, assignments: (1.5 lectures)

    Notion of memory, variables and declarations

    Numerical types/operations/expressions

    Character types/ operations/expressions

    Boolean types/expressions/operations + truth tables

    Introduction to Strings

    Final variables

    Read: sections 2.4-2.7

Topic 4

Control structures: (3.5 lectures)

    if and if/else statements

    while and do/while statements

    for statement

    switch statement

    Code blocks and scope of variables

    Introduction to the concept of algorithm, flowchart notation

    Read: chapters 4 and 5

Examples: (generate truth tables? Read numbers online and calculate statistical values, calculate mathematical functions such as exp(), sin(), cos() etc.)

Topic 5

Arrays: (2 lectures)

    Contiguous blocks of data and their use

    Declaration and initialization of arrays

    Looping over arrays

    Multi-dimensional arrays

    Read: Chapter 7

Examples: (binary and sequential search, Insertion sort? Matrices? Rotation? Flip? Representation of graphs/networks?)

Topic 6

Methods in depth: (2 lectures)

    Definition, parameters, return values, void type

    Notion of call by value, final parameters

    Invoking methods others have written, invoking Java API, Math class

    Notion of modular design

    Method overloading and use


    Read: Chapter 6 (skip section 6.12)

Examples: (Finding kth largest element, Quicksort, binary search recursive version?)

Topic 7

Input and output: (1 lecture)

    Read: To be determined

Mid Term exam

Topic 8

Classes and objects: (2.5 lectures)

    Declaration of classes

    Fields, methods, scope

    Constructors, and initialization: new

    The encapsulation pronciple in object oriented programming

    Packages and their use

    Private, package and public protection of data and methods

    declaring objects of a class

    UML notation for classes the Argo/UML package

    static/class members and methods and their use

    Examples: (Employee, linked list, serial numbers)

    Read: Chapter 8

Topic 9

Inheritance and polymorphism: (2.5 lectures)

    Subclassing and inheritance

    The Object class

    Protected members and methods

    Overriding methods, final methods

    Polymorphism and dynamic method binding

    Inner classes

    Final classes

    Type casting

    Declaring objects like: SupClass x=new Subclass();

    UML diagrams and inheritance

    Code reuse

    Read: Sections 9.1-9.7, 9.9-9.14 and handout

Examples (polymorphism via simple employee class, Detailed analysis of sorting program independent of type)

Topic 10

Abstraction: (2 lectures)

    Abstract classes and methods


    Multiple inheritance via interfaces

    Marker interfaces and their use

    instanceOf method

    Wrapper classes

    Read: sections 9.14-9.22

Examples (Queue and stack declaration using interfaces)

Topic 11 (Canceled)

Exception handling: (1 lecture)

    Read: To be determined later

Topic 12

Strings: (1 lecture)

    toString method and concataneation

    substring, slicing and other String operations

    StringBuffer class versus String (Canceled)

    Creating immutable objects (Canceled)

    Read: Chapter 10

Topic 13

Graphics and GUI: (4 lectures)

    Graphics class and paint()/repaint() methods

    Color and font manipulations

    Various drawings: drawLine, drawString, etc.

    Graphics2D API


    Swing package and use of Jbuilder software to build GUIs:


    Model/view/controller framework and UI Delegate

    Events and event handling

    Organization of Swing classes

    Jbutton and action events

    Jtextfield/JPassword and related events

    JcomboBox, Jlist,

    Mouse events


    Layout management

    Panels and Panes

    Read: Chapter 11, 3, 12, (possibly parts of chapter 13)

Examples: (Dice example, GUI shop? GUI for sort? Animate sort? Histogram?)

Topic 14 (Canceled)

Data structures and Java Collections framework: (2 lectures)

    Notion of data structures

    Review of Lists, adding and deleting from lists

    Stacks and queues, push and pop, add and take

    Binary search trees and tree searching

    Brief discussion of hash table and notion of hashing

    Java Collections framework

    Collection, Set and Map interfaces

    Abstract and concrete classes


    Algorithms in Collection class

    Read: Chapter 22, chapter 24 and sections 23.8-23.9


Final exam


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