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Programming Methodology

Monday, June 26, 2017
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This introduction to the engineering of computer applications emphasizes modern software engineering principles with a focus on the first three of the four “D’s” of development: Design, Develop, Debug, and Deploy . Using these key topics, particular focus will be on good programming style and the built-in facilities of the Java language. Learn why programming requires a much higher level of artistry than simply the science of syntax.

Students will be required to develop software applications, primarily using the Java programming language.


  • Nick Troccoli InstructorComputer Science

Topics Include

  • Object-oriented design
  • Decomposition
  • Encapsulation
  • Abstraction
  • Testing


3.0 - 5.0

Students enrolling under the non degree option are required to take the course for 5.0 units.

Software Requirements

Students will use a special version of the Eclipse development environment, written specifially for use in this class. There are PC, Macintosh and Linux versions of the software. Installation instructions are available in the Downloading Eclipse handout. Additionally, you will need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed on your computer. Further details of the software are below:

Windows Users:
  • Stanford Eclipse for Windows
  • Java 1.6 JRE installer for the PC
Mac Users:
  • Stanford Eclipse for Macintosh OSX
  • Your Mac should come with Java. However, run the "Software Update" utility (in the Apple menu) to make sure you have the most recent version.
Linux Users:
  • Stanford Eclipse for Linux
  • Download Java 1.6 from Sun's website


This is an introduction to software development. No prior programming experience required.

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