Taking a college-level programming course? Maximize your learning with these Java tutorials. Peggy Fisher explores command-level programming, basic techniques such as managing loops and creating methods, debugging Java code, working with classes and objects, and storing and sorting arrays. Along the way, she investigates the Java API and Java's capabilities for running simulations and algorithm analysis, and issues challenges to write programs that utilize all of these Java features.
Lecturer at Penn State UniversityPeggy Fisher is a programmer and content manager at LinkedIn Learning.
Peggy's main focus is application programming in Java, Arduino, and C++. She has also worked on courses in COBOL and discrete ,athematics. Previously she was a faculty member at Penn State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology. She started out as a programmer working for a large insurance company, but after 18 years she left her job as a director of information technology to pursue her true passion teaching. She earned a master's degree in math education, and went on to teach high school math and computer science in Pennsylvania. In 2012, Peggy accepted a position as an instructional designer at Penn State, and shortly thereafter began teaching Intro to Application Programming with Java. She is a strong supporter of women in STEM. As one of the few female programming teachers, she serves as a mentor to incoming female freshmen who are considering a career in programming. She was also the K–12 outreach coordinator for the college, where she scheduled, ran, and taught summer camps for middle school and high school students. In a PBS NewsHour interview, she expressed that all students should take at least one programming class either in high school or college. Peggy enjoys constantly learning and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology to life in and outside of the classroom, such as using Arduino microcontrollers or Lego Mindstorms, to help make learning hands-on and fun.
Skills covered in this course
- There are a few things you should know before getting started with this course. This course builds on another course of mine, Up and Running with Java available here at Lynda.com. If you're new to Java, you should take the time to watch that course first, before proceeding with this one. You should also be familiar with the basic principles of programming such as defining variables, assigning data types, creating functions and methods, and using assignment statements. If you are not, I suggest watching Foundations of Programming Fundamentals with Simon Allardice, which is also available here at Lynda.com. Finally, you will need an IDE, or an integrated development environment. In Up and Running with Java, I walk through downloading and installing NetBeans an open source tool. If you do not already have an IDE ready to go, make sure to install one before continuing.
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