Challenge: GUI

From the course: Learning Java 8

  • Course details

    Java is one of the top-five programming languages, and is used for websites, embedded controllers, and Android app development. This is an introduction to get you started programming with Java. Peggy Fisher introduces the basics: data types, strings, arrays, expressions, loops, and functions. She'll help you control the flow and logic of your code, and create classes using the principles of object-oriented design. Then go a bit beyond the basics and learn advanced techniques for working with arrays, manipulating files, and building graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that respond to user input. This three-hour capsule course is perfect for developers who need to get up to speed with Java fast, as well as for beginning programmers who want their first taste of this popular language.

    Instructor

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      Peggy Fisher

      Lecturer at Penn State University

      Peggy 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

  • Welcome

    - Welcome to the last challenge for this series. In this challenge, you're going to want to create a graphical user interface. You'll use NetBeans GUI Interface builder, and you'll add components to a frame. For this challenge, I'd like you to create a frame that has two panels. In the first panel, you'll add a label for first name and a text field, a label for last name, and a second text field. In the second panel, you're going to name this panel languages. Inside this panel we're going to add check boxes. You can add as many as you'd like, but let's add some for some of the most common programming languages, such as Java, C, PHP, C++, HTML, Python, and if you have a favorite, go ahead and add that too. Finally, at the bottom of your frame add an exit button that will allow the user to exit. This is similar to the activity we did in this section, so if you have trouble, look at that first. I'm estimating this will take about 10 minutes. As always, try to have fun.

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