Course Description

Short Course | 30 hours | 3.0 CEUs | $2,995

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Java. It is suitable for programmers with good working programming experience (no Java experience needed).

In addition to covering basic Java programming, the course provides a solid understanding of the core OO and Java concepts and practices needed to create well-designed Java programs. This includes creating well-designed Java classes, encapsulation, composition, and inheritance/interfaces.

The material and labs include coverage of useful new Java capabilities such as the new module structure (Java 9), type inference (Java 10-11), and API enhancements. It also introduces important APIs such as the Java Collections Framework, and JDBC/JPA. This course is suitable for environments using Java 9-12. It also covers details of the Java release cycle, and Long Term Support (LTS) releases.

Be prepared to work hard and learn a great deal!

JAV160 is the first course in the Spring Boot Certificate. To complete the certificate students will also enroll in JAV500 Click on each course link for more details and to add to cart.

Course Outline

  • Session 1: A First Look
    • A Simple Java Class
    • Java’s “Hello World” Program
    • The Java Shell (REPL)
      • LABS:
      • Hello World: A Simple Application
  • Session 2: Java Basics
    • Language and Platform Features
    • The Java Release Cycle
    • Program Life Cycle
    • The Java SE Development Kit (JDK)
      • LABS:
      • Working with the Development Environment
  • Session 3: Class and Object Basics
    • The Object Model and Object-Oriented Programming
    • Classes, References, and Instantiation
    • Adding Data to a Class Definition
    • Adding Methods (Behavior)
      • LABS:
      • Exploring Types and Object Instances
      • Writing and Using a Class Definition with Fields and Methods
  • Session 4: More on Classes and Objects
    • Accessing data, the "this" variable
    • Encapsulation and Access Control, public and private Access
    • Constructors and Initialization
    • Static Members of a Class
    • Type Inference (Java 10+)
    • Scopes, Blocks, References to Objects
    • Type-safe Enums
      • LABS:
      • Encapsulation / Access Protection
      • Writing and Using Constructors
      • (Optional) Static Members
      • Using enums
      • Using the Debugger
  • Session 5: Flow of Control
    • Branching: if, if-else, switch
    • Iteration: while, do-while, for, break, continue
      • LABS:
      • Flow of Control / Data Validation
  • Session 6: Strings, Arrays, and Dates/Times
    • String, StringBuffer, StringBuilder
    • Arrays, Primitive Arrays, Arrays of Reference Types
    • varargs
    • LocalDate/LocalTime (Java 8+)
      • LABS:
      • Using Strings and Arrays
  • Session 7: Packages and Modules
    • Package Overview - Using Packages to Organize Code
    • import statements
    • Creating Packages, package Statement, Required Directory Structure
    • Java 9 Module Overview
    • Defining Modules, Requires, and Exports
    • Module Path and Classpath - Differences and Coexistence
      • LABS:
      • Using Packages and Modules
  • Session 8: Composition and Inheritance
    • Using Composition to Deal With Complexity
    • Composition/HAS-A, Delegation
    • Using Inheritance and Polymorphism to share commonality
    • IS-A, extends, Inheriting Features, Overriding Methods, Using Polymorphism
    • Class Object
    • Abstract Classes
      • LABS:
      • (Optional) Working with Composition
      • Using Inheritance to Specialize Classes
  • Session 9: Interfaces
    • Using Interfaces to Define Types
    • Interfaces and Abstract Classes
    • Default Methods and static Methods (Java 8)
      • LABS:
      • Using Interfaces to Remove Implementation Dependencies
  • Session 10: Exceptions
    • Exceptions and the Exception Hierarchy
    • Try and catch
    • Handling Exceptions
    • Program Flow with Exceptions
    • Finally
      • LABS:
      • Throwing and Handling Exceptions
  • Session 11: Java Collections and Generics
    • The Collections Framework and its API
    • Collections and Java Generics
    • Collection, Set, List, Map, Iterator
    • Autoboxing
    • Collections of Object (non-generic)
    • Using ArrayList, HashSet, and HashMap for each Loop
    • Processing Items With an Iterator
    • More About Generics
      • LABS:
      • Using Lists and Generics
      • Using Sets
  • Session 12: Database Access with JDBC and JPA
    • li>JDBC Overview
    • JDBC Architecture and API
    • Using DriverManager, Connection, Statement and ResultSet
    • JPA Overview
    • JPA Architecture and Programming View
    • Entity Classes and Annotations
    • Mapping an Entity Class
    • EntityManagerFactory and EntityManager
    • Working with JPA (Find by primayry key and inserts)
      • LABS:
      • Mapping an Entity Class
      • Working with JPA
  • Session 13: Additional Java Features
    • Annotations
    • Lambda Expressions and Method References (Java 8+)
    • Additional Features
  • Session 14: I/O Streams (As Time Allows)
    • Readers and Writers
    • Filter Streams
    • Byte Streams
    • Formatted Output
    • The File Class
    • New I/O (NIO) APIs
      • LABS:
      • Formatting Output

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand Java’s importance, uses, strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand the release cycle and Long Term Support (LTS) releases
  • Understand Java language basics
  • Write, compile, and run Java programs
  • Use the Java shell (JShell - Java 9+) for interactive programming
  • Understand the Object Model and Object Oriented Programming
  • Understand and use classes, inheritance, polymorphism
  • Create well designed classes and use them in your Java programs
  • Use composition and delegation to create objects from other objects
  • Understand & use packages to organize code
  • Understand and use Java 9 modules
  • Understand interfaces, their importance, and their uses
  • Use interfaces to implement abstraction
  • Learn good Java coding style
  • Create well structured Java programs
  • Compile and execute programs with the JDK development tools and with an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of your choice
  • Use the core Java libraries (java.lang, java.util)
  • Understand & use exceptions for error handling
  • Understand the basics of using JDBC and JPA, and use them to access databases from Java
  • Use the Java Collections Framework including new API introduced in Java 9-11
  • Use other new features such as type inference
  • Be aware of, and use the new features of Java 9-11, as well as important advanced features of earlier Java versions
  • Understand and use basic I/O streams (As Time Allows)


Fast Track to Java 11 and OO Development provides a comprehensive introduction to Java suitable for programmers with existing programming experience.


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