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How I teach Java in 1hr 5 sessions

I know a lot of people can disagree with this but I am trying to keep it simple and as only my own opinion.

It took me more than 5 yrs to design this syllabus to help beginners learn and get motivated to program in Java. When I started teaching I use to take 10-15 days to teach java and I can clearly see on participants faces that they were not confident even after spending so much time with them. However recently I was able to successfully use a shorter And I am sure this won't be the final one and it will change a lot after few more batches. And the only way I do this is by
focusing on important concepts and cutting dumb one's in a language to accomplish my objectives.

Session 1
  1.   Data Types (int, double, String )  Class Notes
  2.   Operators (Arithmatic - +,-,*,/ )
  3.   Functions
  Homework -

  •  Write 50 functions and execute them from main method            
  •  Write functions with 0 or more input parameters
  •  Write functions that returns a value

Session 2 (Point here is to introduce Objects early and not to bullshit with amazing powers of Object, keep it simple)
  1.   Introduce Class and Objects 
  2.   Introduce Java Beans Classes (i.e. Objects with only Data) 
  3.   Introduce Classes with only functions (i.e. Service Layer or Business Logic Classes)
  4.   Introduce ArrayList (i.e. Object with data and logic to operate on it)
  5.   Summary - We mostly use Object in the above three ways.
  Homework -

  •  Write 20 Java Beans classes              
  •  Write some classes which operates on the above classes as Service Layer or Business Logic

 Session 3 (Write Simple Applications)
  1.  ContactApp - Contact Java Bean class and ContactService with ArrayList to add and getAll functions
  2.   FeedbackApp - bean and FeedbackService for add and getAll
  3.  RegistrationApp
 Session 4 (Try writing more simple applications, introduce interface)
  1.   Introduce Interfaces
  2.   Introduce Map, HashMap, List, ArrayList, Set, HashSet
  3.   Start writing interfaces for Service classes introduced in Session-2 & Session-3

  •    Exception handling              
  •    Write 5 small two class apps

 Session 5 (Write more small apps and introduce control and loop statements)
  1.    Introduce Control and Loop statements
  2.    Build 3 small apps with 2 Java Beans, Interface and Implementation
    Homework - Learn from the book (Arrays, Generics, Annotations)



Anonymous said…
could you post pdf's of the courses or make future posts were you walk us through every sesion
Hi dude, I didn't see Thread part of your syllabus , am I missing something or its purposefully left out, In my opinion Thread is something you can not ignore if you are doing Java programming.

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afx_efx said…
+1 on the pdf's or possibly videos?
Intesar said…
Updated blog with Class notes
nofearinc said…
I'm also interested in the PDFs, however I didn't quite get is this 5x1h sessions or a total of 1 hour (which seems impossible to me)? We do trainings with 16h of lectures and 32h of exercises for beginners and it's been proved to work here for most people - the more intense, the higher the chance that people didn't get the basic concepts.
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