Java is a high-level programming language first created by Sun Microsystems. It is a general use programming language and is the preferred choice by universities as the primary language for a computer science major. Java is used for software development, web applications, and applets.
Why Learn Java at NextGen?
Used by Fortune 500 Companies: Java is a powerful language that has less syntax than C++, which was formally used by most companies. Additionally, Java is an extremely portable language that can be easily used for other programming applications. On top of that, Java can be executed on a Mac or PC because of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
Fast & Optimized Performance: Java is a statically typed language, which means that it runs faster than a dynamically typed language because all variables are clearly assigned.
Prepare for AP & College Classes: Since AP Computer Science A focuses a great deal on Java, taking NextGen’s Java course will help students gain a head-start in their AP Computer Science course. NextGen’s first two weeks cover more than 75% of the entire AP Computer Science curriculum. Upon successful completion of AP Computer Science, students are able to place out of introductory courses in college!
Community: There is a notably large community of people who code using Java. The more people that use a language, the more updates it will have and the more solutions to problems and bugs will be posted online. Java is the second most used language on Stack Overflow and the second most tagged language on GitHub.
Our Java summer course is open to all high school students with no math or coding pre-requisite necessary. This course is perfect for any student looking to gain some experience in the coding or engineering space. This camp will allow students to excel in their AP Computer Science classes and place out of entry-level college courses.
This course is also great for any college students looking to change or declare their major! The activities and material covered throughout the two-week course will help ease the transition into a Computer Science or Engineering major.
Java Course Detailed Overview
- Overview of Computer Science & Programming: Learn how programming languages work, history of programming, basic computer organization, and architecture.
- Introduction to Coding: Learn how to write your first program, compile and run programs, and write terminal commands using Java & Javac.
- Variables, Data Types, and Operators: Basic variable usage, variable types, data types, mathematical operators, and proper programming practices.
- Control Flow: Learn how to branch and slip code, if- statements, loops, scope, nested loops, and enhanced for-loops.
- Functions: Learn how to create repeatable code using functions, overloading, overriding, methods, and return value.
- Arrays, Strings, and Dictionaries: Learn how to store data, initialize an array, index, manipulate strings, and understand how key-value pairing works.
- Input/Output Files: Learn how to stream files, read different file formats, and format strings in order to redirect files.
- Recursion: Learn how to program recursively, use Fibonacci numbers, as well as learn about the motivation behind using loops vs recursion.
- Modular & Object-Oriented Programming: Learn about classes, encapsulation, inheritance, super-class, polymorphism, and learn how to navigate packages and understand abstract classes and method overloading.
Want to learn more than just Java? Check out our 4-week Computer Science Summer Program, in which you'll learn Python and Data Science in addition to taking this Java course!