Higher Education

Alice in Action with Java™, 1st Edition

  • Joel Adams
  • ISBN-10: 1423900960  |  ISBN-13: 9781423900962
  • 605 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $133.50
  • Newer Edition Available



Alice in Action with Java, an innovative new text by Joel Adams, provides CS1 users with a meaningful and motivating introduction to object-oriented programming. Using a spiral pedagogy, Adams introduces key object-oriented topics using Alice 2.0, then circles back to the same concepts in Java. Alice was developed to help teach introductory programming techniques in a less syntax-intensive environment, and addresses some of the barriers that currently prevent many users from successfully learning to program. By initially introducing basic concepts in Alice, users will have a positive first programming experience and a foundation on which to build when they revisit those concepts in Java.

Features and Benefits

  • Designed for a CS1 course in the Java programming language.
  • Introduces software engineering through engaging movie metaphors.
  • Includes extensive examples, images, and end-of-chapter projects designed to reinforce and assess skills.
  • Provides Alice examples in Java syntax, easing the transition from Alice to Java.
  • Motivates today's visually oriented students through the use of fun, socially relevant three-dimensional animations.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started With Alice
2. Methods
3. Variables and Functions
4. Flow Control
5. Lists and Arrays
6. Events
7. From Alice to Java
8. Java Types and Expressions
9. Java Methods
10. Flow Control in Java
11. Files and Exceptions
12. Arrays and Lists in Java
13. Object-Oriented Programming
14. Events and GUIs


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joel Adams

Joel Adams, a Professor of Computer Science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has taught undergraduate computer science since 1984. He spends each July directing the Imaginary Worlds Camp, an animation camp for middle and high school students. Professor Adams is an ACM Distinguished Educator and a two-time Fulbright Scholar; he spent the Fall 2005 semester at Carnegie Mellon as a member of the Alice team.