Java Bootcamp Training Course

Course Summary

The Java™ Bootcamp course serves as an introduction to the Java language and object oriented programming (OOP) in Java. The course provides students with the skills for analyzing, designing, developing, and troubleshooting Java applications.

The participants learn the syntax and the constructs of the Java programming language, the concepts behind object-oriented programming (OOP) with Java, packaging, Java documentation, exception handling, Java libraries (I/O, utilities, networking, JDBC, etc.), concurrent programming with Java threads, and design patterns in Java.


Duration [top]

5 days.

Objectives [top]

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  • Explain what Java is, what it is composed of, how it compares to other programming environments, what its advantages are, and how to install and configure the development environment.
  • Read as well as write Java syntax, including declarations, assignments, operators, flow-control structures, generics, annotations, enumerations, naming conventions, etc.
  • Understand object oriented programming principles, explain how OOP differs from structural programming, and discuss the advantages of OOP
  • Utilize OOP in Java by designing and writing Java classes, encapsulating logic, reusing existing code through inheritance/polymorphism and composition, and modeling real-world relationships between objects
  • Package and organize Java code into classes and libraries (JARs)
  • Read, understand, and write Java code documentation (JavaDoc)
  • Define and handle error conditions in Java through the use of exceptions
  • Leverage Java libraries (I/O, Utilities, Collections, Networking, JDBC, etc.)
  • Analyze and troubleshot complex Java programs
  • Use best-practice design patterns when developing Java code

Audience [top]

Java™ Bootcamp is intended for individuals who wish to learn how to design, build and debug Java applications. This includes software developers, quality assurance engineers, and other individuals with a programming background such as technical managers and system administrators.

Prerequisites [top]

This course assumes students have a programming background, with prior exposure to other structured programming languages such as C or Python. As this course focuses on the advantages of object-oriented style in software engineering, students with recent experience developing and maintaining large software codebases will benefit from this course the most.

Instructors [top]


Adam Breindel brings over 10 years of successes working with cutting-edge technology for small startups as well as major players in the travel, media/entertainment, financial, productivity, and consulting industries.

In addition to web sites, GUI applications, and mobile device software, Adam has also built high-volume middleware for one of the world's largest banks, and produced a new, modern integration to a 1960s-vintage mainframe app for one of the world's largest airlines.

Adam focuses on designing and coding systems in a way that yields predictable results, leverages best practices and high-productivity tools, minimizes excess code, and is fun to do. He has also spoken at tech conferences, written articles and skill assessments, and produced an open source tool for software development. Adam has enjoyed teaching large and small groups, covering topics from nuts-and-bolts Java programming to merging ideal process with real-world constraints in an organization.

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Adib Saikali has trained and mentored thousands of developers at organizations throughout Canada, USA and Europe. His substantial technical knowledge, extensive project experience and ability to look at technical problems from a variety of perspectives, allows him to create innovative solutions to 'real world' problems. If he doesn't know the solution to a problem, he'll keep exploring until he either finds or creates one.

He is an expert programmer with a passion for the interface between business and technology. He began his career as a coder with a number of entrepreneurial organizations, ranging from small startups to (the then 750-employee) RIM. He went on to spend seven years running his own business, splitting time between consulting on technical project leadership for large programming projects, and training programmers on advanced programming techniques for clients such as Wells Fargo, HSBC, and Walmart.

As a technical author, Adib has contributed to several publications, such as Oracle Magazine, and has also spoken at numerous industry conferences, including JavaOne. He holds a Bachelors of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

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Gordon Force has 25 years of product development experience as a developer, architect, director and instructor. Previously, he led development and application support for the ConnectPay and Encompass products at First Data. Agile development, with a heavy emphasis on testing, contributed to an effective strategy for consistently delivering new features on time, with high quality and industry compliance. Gordon now leads NewCircle as CEO.

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Outline [top]

About Java

  • History of Java
  • What is Java?
  • Why Java?
  • State of Java today


  • Installing and configuring Java Virtual Machine (lab)
  • Implementing HelloWorld in Java (lab)
  • Java class/file structure and naming conventions
  • Java keywords and identifiers
  • Compiling and running Java programs
  • Comments in Java code
  • The main() method
  • Installing and configuring the Eclipse IDE

Data Types

  • Declaring and assigning variables
  • Primitive Java types
  • Conversion between types
  • Introduction to arrays and strings


  • Arithmetic operators - including shortcut operators
  • Relational operators
  • Logical-boolean operators
  • Bitwise operators
  • Assignment operators
  • Additional operators
  • Operator precedence

Flow Control

  • Local variable storage: stack
  • Branching statements: if-else and switch
  • Loop statements: while and for
  • Break and continue statements - including labeled
  • Return statement
  • Lab: Calculator

Object Oriented Programming

  • What is OOP?
  • Why OOP?
  • Class vs. Object
  • OOP in Java: classes, fields, objects, methods
  • Java memory model and garbage collection
  • Static vs. instance data and methods
  • Constructors - including constructor and method overloading
  • Constants
  • Encapsulation through access modifiers
    • Lab: BankAccount
  • Inheritance / in Java
    • Types and subtypes
    • Lab: School
  • Interfaces and abstract classes / in Java
    • Lab: OOP Calculator
  • java.lang.Object: super class of them all
    • Object Equality: equals() and hashCode() methods
    • Converting objects to strings: toString() method
    • Lab: Comparing students


  • Reasons for packaging code
  • Packages and sub-packages in Java
  • Protecting package namespace
  • Using packaged code
  • Protecting packaged code
  • Java Archive (JAR)
  • Lab: Packaging


  • Overview of JavaDoc
  • Java API
  • Defining and generating JavaDoc
  • Lab: Documenting Java code

Exception Handling

  • What are exceptions?
  • Why exceptions?
  • Built-in exceptions
  • Exception life-cycle
  • Handling exceptions
  • Throwing exceptions
  • Exception types: checked vs. unchecked
  • Creating new exceptions
  • Grouping and nesting exceptions
  • Lab: Exceptions

java.lang library (Core Java)

  • Primitive wrappers
  • String and StringBuffer/StringBuilder
  • java.lang.Math
  • java.lang.System
  • Multi-threaded programming in Java library (I/O in Java)

  • Managing files
  • Byte and character streams
  • Filtered streams
  • Object serialization

java.util library (Collections and Utilities)

  • Collections Framework
    • java.util.Collection
    • java.util.Iterator
    • java.util.List
    • java.util.Set
    • java.util.Queue
    • java.util.Map
  • PRNG in Java: java.util.Random
  • String parsing and matching - including java.util.regex
  • Date, Calendar, TimeZone library (Java Networking)

  • and
  • connections
  • TCP sockets ( and

java.sql library (JDBC)

  • Overview of JDBC and its drivers
  • JDBC API: connections, statements, result sets, metadata
  • Using JDBC: updates, queries

Java 5

  • Generics
  • Enhanced for[each] loop
  • Auto boxing and unboxing
  • Typesafe enums
  • Varargs
  • Static imports
  • Annotations (metadata)

Design Patterns

  • What are Design Patterns?
  • Singleton, Factory Method, Abstract Factory
  • Adapter, Composite, Decorator
  • Chain of Responsibility, Observer / Publish-Subscribe, Strategy, Template
  • Data Access Object (DAO)

Additional Notes [top]

About The Platform

This course is typically taught using Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Students are shown how to install/setup Eclipse as well as how to utilize its most common features to increase their productivity. If so requested, we can also deliver the training using other IDEs, such as NetBeans, IDEA, JDeveloper, and others.

Graduating from this course will allow students to be immediately productive in supporting and developing Java applications. Fundamentals of Java course is a good preparation for Sun Certified Programmer for Java Platform exam.

Java™ and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Runs on Java is written in Java using Spring and Hibernate frameworks. We deploy it on Apache Tomcat Application Server. Both NewCircle Spark and Apache Tomcat are Java applications and thus run on Java Virtual Machine. Spark uses MySQL database for persistence. Our operating system of choice is Ubuntu Linux, for security and reliability reasons. So we practice what we teach. You will learn from real developers.

Student Testimonials [top]

This is a great "highly condensed" course for person even with little programming background, will look forward to the Advance class soon!

Jeng - Freeflow Hardware

Ken Jones is a strong Java instructor and is able to explain the good and bad aspects of Java.

Rob - RSA The Security Division of EMC


Roald - Advance Internet, Inc.

I wish the course could be longer than five days.

Minh - Xerox

It was very helpful for the instructor to check with the group about the pace of the class and slow down to review and fully explain concepts covered. I learned looots. Learning about eclipse was unexpected but I am so glad we did. I did not know we could do so much with the tool and have already installed it on my system. Also enjoyed when the instructor explained concepts on the board and where easy to understand.

Monica - Xerox

very intensive course but great !!!

Duy - PCDT

Excellent course. Knowledgeable instructor. Many thanks...

Mojgan - Xerox

I came into this class with no knowledge & my expectations for myself were *very low*... However I am walking away with a lot more than I bargained for... I actually know something & will hopefully be able to apply it, even if it is just understanding the stack traces better & help writing up better bug reports. I definitely am glad I attended this class & will recommend it to my peers. Ken was both a dynamic & creative instructor & never lost site of the fact that we are people & could only take so much information at one time!! His training was wonderful & his humor helped us all get through 5 full days, that could have been painful if not done well.

Heather - EMC

Adam was very knowledgeable of the subject material and a pleasure to deal with.

Raine - Groundspeak Inc.

One of the best Java teacher I have met. Very knowledgable and lot of demo in class.


Really appreciated the individual computers, the high energy of the instructor, and the selection of examples. Definitely would like to take another course from Martin Folb - he was exceptionally enthusiastic about using Java and had complete command of the topic.

Tom - Xerox

The course was very informative and the instructor was excellent. Ken Jones is perhaps the finest instructor I've ever had the pleasure of receiving a training session from. His energy is very effervescent, his knowledge is impressively extensive, and he's great at instantly coming up with analogies and examples to clarify points in students' minds.

Matt - RSA Security

Material was presented clearly, instructor was well prepared and demonstrated superior knowledge of subject matter.

Matt - Advance Internet, Inc.

I found there was very little that could be done to improve this course, especially given the beginner level, the pace was just right and the amount of material covered was quite broad. I learned a great deal more from this class than I expected, especially given the very short term nature of the course. I really feel I was given a good fundamental understanding of Java. The instructor was clear, concise, worded himself clearly and unambiguously, and rigorously pushed the class to apply good coding practices. I would definitely take this course again if I had to do it over again.

Ignas - Xerox