Opportunities and challenges with J2SE 5 for introductory programming teaching

Kolling, Michael, Henricksen, Poul, McCall, David, Quig, Bruce and Rosenberg, John 2005, Opportunities and challenges with J2SE 5 for introductory programming teaching, in Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, FECS '05, CSREA Press, [Irvine, Calif.], pp. 55-61.

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Title Opportunities and challenges with J2SE 5 for introductory programming teaching
Author(s) Kolling, Michael
Henricksen, Poul
McCall, David
Quig, Bruce
Rosenberg, John
Conference name International Conference on Frontiers in Education (2005: Las Vegas, Nev.)
Conference location Las Vegas, Nev.
Conference dates 20-23 Jun. 2005
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, FECS '05
Editor(s) Arabina, H. R.
Publication date 2005
Conference series Frontiers in Education Conference
Start page 55
End page 61
Publisher CSREA Press
Place of publication [Irvine, Calif.]
Keyword(s) CS1
programming
Java
pedagogy
IDE
Summary The recent release of the Java version 5.0 "Tiger" introduces some significant language changes. For educators, some of these changes provide opportunities to improve teaching, while others pose additional problems that require awareness to avoid them. The authors have recently completed the inclusion of support for all new language features into a wellknown educational IDE for Java – BlueJ – and in the course of doing so evaluated each of them for usefulness in education, and developed pedagogic strategies to handle the inherent opportunities and challenges. This has formed the basis of the design of the features in BlueJ which support the language changes. In this paper, we describe the results of our evaluation, provide recommendations on treatment of the new features in introductory courses and discuss how BlueJ may be used to illustrate important aspects.
ISBN 193241584X
9781932415841
Language eng
Field of Research 080308 Programming Languages
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009725

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Information Technology
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