Introduction to Programming with Greenfoot Object-Oriented Programming in Java with Games and Simulations

ISBN-10: 0136037534
ISBN-13: 9780136037538
Edition: 2010
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Description: Programming doesnrsquo;t have to be dry and boring. This book teaches programming in an interactive and engaging way that is technically relevant and highly motivational. Using the Greenfoot environment, and an extensive collection of compelling  More...

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Book details

List price: $114.60
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Programming doesnrsquo;t have to be dry and boring. This book teaches programming in an interactive and engaging way that is technically relevant and highly motivational. Using the Greenfoot environment, and an extensive collection of compelling example projects, readers are given a unique, graphical framework in which to learn programming. Greenfoot--an award-winning educational programming environment that uses simulations and games to teach programming skills--is closely integrated into the text, with numerous screenshots and tips, making the book ideal for both instructor-led and independent learning. The projects discussed in this book are easy enough that high school students can manage them, but they are also open and extendable enough that even seasoned programmers can find interesting and challenging aspects to do. Getting to know Greenfoot: Objects and classes; Interacting with objects; Return types; Parameters; Greenfoot execution; Source code.Simple Programming: Making an object move; Turning; Dealing with screen edges.More sophisticated programming--games: Adding random behavior; Creating new methods; Adding new objects; Keyboard control; Ending the game; Adding sound; Adding objects automatically; Creating new objects; Animating images; Greenfoot images; Instance variables (fields); Using actor constructors; Alternating the images; The if/else statement.Sharing your scenarios: Exporting your scenario; Export to application; Export to a web page; Publishing on the Greenfoot Gallery.Making music: An on-screen piano: Animating the key; Producing the sound; Abstraction: Creating multiple keys; Building the piano; Using loops: the while loop: Using arrays.Interacting objects: Newtons Lab:The starting point: Newtons Lab; Helper classes: SmoothMover and Vector; The existing Body class; First extension: Creating movement; Using Java library classes; Adding gravitational force; The List type; The for-each loop; Applying gravity; Trying it out; Gravity and music.Collision detection: Asteroids:Investigation: What is there?; Painting stars; Turning; Flying forward; Colliding with asteroids; Casting; Adding fire power: the proton wave; Growing the wave; Interacting with objects in range; Further development.Creating images and sound:Preparation; Working with sound; Sound recording and editing; Sound file formats and file sizes; Working with images; Image files and file formats; Drawing images; Combining images files and dynamic drawing.Simulations.Additional scenario ideas: Marbles; Lifts; Boids; Circles; Explosion; Breakout; Platform jumper; Wave. MARKET: For anyone looking for an engaging and accessible way to learn Java programming.

David Barnes is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. He has been teaching introductory programming for over 25 years, and has practical experience of a wide range of programming languages. He has been teaching object-oriented programming in Java for over 10 years. David is passionate about the excitement that is inherent in computer science and is actively involved in promoting it as a subject area to high-school children. In addition to computing education, his main research is in the area of software engineering.Michael K�lling is a Senior Lecturer at the Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, in Canterbury, England. He holds a PhD in computer science from Sydney University, and has worked in Australia, Denmark and the UK. Michael's research interests are in the areas of object-oriented systems, programming languages, software tools, computing education. He has published numerous papers on object-orientation and computing education topics. Michael is one of the developers of BlueJ and, more recently, the Greenfoot platform.

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