Java Tutorial Rework

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If you recognize the featured image, then you probably have spent some time with me as I’ve been developing the Java tutorial series. Moving forward, I’m planning to decommission this image among others.

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Restructuring a Series

In an effort to provide the best possible learning experience, I am looking to redesign the Java tutorial series structure.

At this time, I am about to finish up the first series of Java tutorials which I have dubbed “Java Basics.” In this series, I introduce elements of Java syntax as well as fundamental concepts like unit testing and class structure. This series currently contains 10 tutorials (soon to be 11), but I’m not happy with the overall structure.

In essence, I’m looking to cut down on tutorials that come in a mini series such as Primitive Types parts 1 and 2. In the future, I want to merge these tutorials including the quizzes. These changes will result in the following finalized structure:

  1. Introduction to Java
  2. Primitive Types
  3. Reference Types
  4. Methods
  5. Class Structure
  6. Control Flow
  7. JUnit Testing
  8. Loops
  9. Readability

This will result in a clean list of tutorial topics for Java beginners. Users will be able to easily determine which tutorials cover which topics.

Missing Content

In addition to the structural issues, I have noticed that I may have missed some important topics such as getters and setters. I will be looking to integrate this information in the existing series before I ultimately move on to the intermediate series.

Currently, I’m toying with the idea of also including a 10th tutorial which will provide an overall review of the series thus far. I think I want to do this as some of the earlier lessons—class structure in particular—could benefit from being tied into an overall review.

Data Structures

As for the intermediate series, I have already begun brainstorming content for the following topics:

  • Object Hierarchies
  • Big O Notation
  • Arrays
  • Linked Lists
  • Sorting Algorithms

Let me know what you think. I will likely be making these changes slowly over the coming weeks, so look out!

Jeremy Grifski

Jeremy grew up in a small town where he enjoyed playing soccer and video games, practicing taekwondo, and trading Pokémon cards. Once out of the nest, he pursued a Bachelors in Computer Engineering with a minor in Game Design. After college, he spent about two years writing software for a major engineering company. Then, he earned a master's in Computer Science and Engineering. Today, he pursues a PhD in Engineering Education in order to ultimately land a teaching gig. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, playing Overwatch and Phantasy Star Online 2, practicing trombone, watching Penguins hockey, and traveling the world.

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