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Jb0103 Preface to Programming Fundamentals

Module by: R.G. (Dick) Baldwin. E-mail the author

Summary: This module is a preface to Programming Fundamentals, which is a sub-collection of the collection titled Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java.

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Welcome to Programming Fundamentals.

This group of modules under the heading Programming Fundamentals is not part of a formal course of study at Austin Community College where I teach. Instead, it is a compilation of material that I have published over the years for the benefit of those students who desire to enroll in ITSE 2321 Object Oriented Programming but who don't have the required prerequisite knowledge for that course.

If you fall in that category, or if you just want to get a good introduction to computer programming, you may find this material useful.

Even if you have completed a programming fundamentals course in another language, or you have considerable programming experience in another language, you may still find this material useful as an introduction to the Java programming language and its syntax.

Most of the topics are divided into two modules -- a primary module and a review module. The review modules contain review questions and answers keyed to the material in the primary modules.

In addition to the modules contained in this group, you will find several of my other tutorials on programming fundamentals at Obg0510: Programming Fundamentals . Those tutorials are still in their original html format. They are awaiting conversion to cnxml, which is a requirement for publishing them as modules on

As you work your way through the modules in this group, you should prepare yourself for the more challenging ITSE 2321 OOP tracks identified below:

The DrJava IDE and the Java Development K it

In order to work with the material in this group of Programming Fundamentals modules, you will need access to Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK) . You will also need access to a text editor, preferably one that is tailored to the creation of Java programs. One such freely available text editor is named DrJava .

However, DrJava is more than just a text editor. It is an Integrated Development Environment ((IDE) that is designed for use by students learning how to program in the Java programming language. I recommend it for use with this group of Programming Fundamentals modules.

See A Quick Start Guide to DrJava for instructions on downloading and installing both the DrJava IDE and Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK) .

The Quick Start Guide also provides instructions for using the DrJava IDE.


This section contains a variety of miscellaneous information.

Housekeeping material
  • Module name: Jb0103 Preface to Programming Fundamentals
  • File: Jb0103.htm
  • Published: 11/22/12
  • Revised: 12/26/14

Financial : Although the Connexions site makes it possible for you to download a PDF file for this module at no charge, and also makes it possible for you to purchase a pre-printed version of the PDF file, you should be aware that some of the HTML elements in this module may not translate well into PDF.

I also want you to know that, I receive no financial compensation from the Connexions website even if you purchase the PDF version of the module.

In the past, unknown individuals have copied my modules from, converted them to Kindle books, and placed them for sale on showing me as the author. I neither receive compensation for those sales nor do I know who does receive compensation. If you purchase such a book, please be aware that it is a copy of a module that is freely available on and that it was made and published without my prior knowledge.

Affiliation : I am a professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.


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