edX: Introduction to Java Programming: Starting to code in Java

 with  Carlos Delgado Kloos

In this introductory Java programming course, you will be introduced to powerful concepts such as functional abstraction, the object oriented programming (OOP) paradigm and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Examples and case studies will be provided so that you can implement simple programs on your own or collaborate with peers.

Emphasis is put on immediate feedback and on having a fun experience. Programming knowledge is not only useful to be able to program today’s devices such as computers and smartphones. It also opens the door to computational thinking, i.e. the application of computing techniques to every-day processes.

This edition is an improved version of the course released in April 2015.


1. From the Calculator to the Computer
The first section introduces basic programming concepts, such as values and expressions, as well as making decisions when implementing algorithms and developing programs.

2. State Transformation
The second section introduces state transformation including representation of data and programs as well as conditional repetition.

3. Functional Abstraction
The third section addresses the organization of code in a program through methods, which are invoked to carry out a task and return a result as answer. Recursion, as a powerful mechanism in the invocation of methods, is also covered this week.

4. Object Encapsulation
The fourth section introduces the object oriented programming (OOP) paradigm, which enables the modeling of complex programs in Java through objects and classes. The concept of inheritance as the basis for reusing code and simplifying programs in Java is studied in this week.

5. Packaging
The last section aims to study the reuse of code through third-party classes that are already developed and that we can incorporate to our programs to perform specific actions, and reduce the number of lines that we need to code.

4 Student
Cost Free Online Course
Pace Upcoming
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $99 Certificate Available
Hours 5-7 hours a week
Calendar 39 weeks long
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Alex D. is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It teaches fundamentals of Java in a visual way. so that is more engaging but, the level of this course is that of a beginner. You can't master Java in this way. but it will give a motivation to learn more. The thing is, this course is 'trying' to develop a set mindset of a programmer. I recommend it those who like to choose Java platform for future.
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6 months ago
Ashlynn Pai completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was perfect for my needs. I was looking for an introductory Java course I could do on the go on my phone. The graded assignments require you to read, analyze and debug code snippets. From my days of learning foreign languages I prefer to take my first steps into a new language by reading.
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2 years ago
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