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Opportunities and challenges with J2SE 5 for introductory programming teaching

conference contribution
posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Kolling, P Henricksen, D McCall, B Quig, John Rosenberg
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.

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Event

International Conference on Frontiers in Education (2005: Las Vegas, Nev.)

Pagination

55 - 61

Publisher

CSREA Press

Location

Las Vegas, Nev.

Place of publication

[Irvine, Calif.]

Start date

2005-06-20

End date

2005-06-23

ISBN-13

9781932415841

ISBN-10

193241584X

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

H Arabina

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering, FECS '05

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