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A Beginner's Guide to Java Programming

Learn the fundamentals of Java programming and improve your test automation processes.

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Discover programming basics, from conditional statements to data types in Java

Developers with knowledge of Java, one of the most popular programming languages, are highly sought-after across almost all industries, allowing for wide-ranging career opportunities.

On this three-week course, you’ll get to grips with Java basics. You’ll be introduced to key programming terminology and operations, learning how to apply these skills to increasingly complex projects.

Improve your knowledge of object oriented programming (OOP) languages

An understanding of OOP languages is vital for aspiring programmers. By mastering one OOP language, you can easily transfer your skills to develop your knowledge of other similar languages.

You’ll explore the basics of OOP languages, learning about key concepts including classes and objects and data encapsulation, as well as specific programming methods in Java.

Through hands-on exercises, you’ll begin to understand the real-world applications of Java within more complex projects.

Learn to program in an integrated development environment (IDE)

An IDE is a useful piece of software that combines a range of developer tools into one interface, simplifying your application building processes.

You’ll be guided through writing your first Java program within the Eclipse IDE, gaining transferable skills to use across other IDEs and programming languages in future projects.

Explore programming concepts including inheritance, abstraction, and polymorphism

Having covered classes and objects, you’ll go on to examine the other major concepts that define OOP processes. You’ll then delve into more complex operations including programming with arrays and lists in Java.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand the concepts, functions, and operations of Java and be able to demonstrate its real-life applications and advantages.

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  • Week 1

    Basic concepts in Java programming

    • Welcome and introduction

      Welcome to A Beginner's Guide to Java Programming and the start of your learning journey, brought to you by Packt.

    • Getting started with Java

      In this activity, we will dscover some of the basic concepts in Java programming, including installing Java and starting a project, data types, and the various basic operations.

    • Basic concepts: Conditions and loops

      In this activity, we will explore more basic concepts in Java programming, namely conditional statements and loop statements.

    • Basic concepts: String operations

      In this activity, we will learn more about the creation of strings and the various operations that can be executed in Java to compare, search, slice, replace, and convert strings.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 1. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 2

    Advanced concepts in Java programming

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • Creating classes and objects

      In this activity, we will learn the fundamentals of object-oriented programming and create an object and a class for a Java programme.

    • Working with classes and objects

      In this activity, we will discover the features and functions typically used in creating and executing programmes in Java.

    • Other useful classes

      In this activity, we will explore other useful classes available in Java.

    • New features in Java 10

      In this activity, we will discover new and updated features released in Java 10.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of Week 2. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 3

    Principles and practices in Java

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • More principles of object-oriented programming

      In this activity, we will discover the principles of class inheritence, abstraction, and polymorphism.

    • Programming with arrays

      In this activity, we will explore how to create and iterate single and two-dimensional arrays.

    • Programming with lists

      In this activity, we will learn how to work with ArrayList, LinkedList, and LinkIterator.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of this course. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate how to write and iterate code in Java.
  • Identify the different operations and classes in Java.
  • Create objects and classes in Java.
  • Create arrays and lists in Java.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to develop a foundational understanding of Java programming. It is particularly suitable for anyone considering a career in mobile and web testing.

What software or tools do you need?

You’ll need to install Java Development Kit 10 (JDK 10), and Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE), running on a Windows, MacOS, or Linux system.

We’ll show you how to find and install the JDK 10 and Eclipse IDE as you learn on the course.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 2004 in Birmingham, UK, Packt’s mission is to help the world put software to work in new ways, through the delivery of effective learning and information services to IT professionals.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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