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Learning Java with Games

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This innovative approach to teaching Java language and programming uses game design development as the method to applying concepts.

Instead of teaching game design using Java, projects are designed to teach Java in a...

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This innovative approach to teaching Java language and programming uses game design development as the method to applying concepts.

Instead of teaching game design using Java, projects are designed to teach Java in a problem-solving approach that is both a fun and effective.  Learning Java with Games introduces the concepts of Java and coding; then uses a project to emphasize those ideas. It does not treat the object-oriented and procedure and loop parts of Java as two separate entities to be covered separately, but interweaves the two concepts so the students get a better picture of what Java is.

After studying a rich set of projects, the book turns to build up a “Three-layer Structure for Games” as an architecture template and a guiding line for designing and developing video games. The proposed three-layer architecture not only merges essential Java object-oriented features but also addresses loosely coupled software architecture. 

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Games classified into text-based, event-driven based, and sprite-animation based, so that every game could be incrementally built up

Lets teachers and students easily recognize and schedule their projects. The Java language elements are introduced accordingly, from static to dynamic      

The reader will learn how to analyze a real world application and how to apply Java language to solve real world problems

During implementation, students will immediately see the effects of their programming effort, making learning interesting and engaging

Term projects and working teams can be easily formed

Teaching resources, including answers to exercises and online coding resource where any student who wants additional practice can try coding questions based on the book material

1 Java programming and game development: a project HelloWorld

2 Basics of Java programming: a project PrintXmasCard

3 Java operators: a game GuessInt in text

4 UML and its usage: a game WheelFortune in text

5 GUI programming with graphical drawing: a project PaintXmasCard

6 Software components and event handling: projects CalculatorApp and ImageSlider

7 Event driven: a game Anagram in text

8 Event driven with an update-paint chain: a game Blackjack

9 Key control: a game Sudoku

10 Mouse control: a game Agnes 

11 Animation programming: a digital clock and an analog clock

12 Merge visualization, event-driven, and animation: a game WheelVideo

13 Animated sprites and collisions: a game Pong

14 Multiple screens: an extension of the game Pong

15 A three-layer software structure for games: a game PongStruTwo

16 Usage of the framework: projects SymBall and Tornado

17 Image sprite and UML state machine: a game Breakout

18 Sound effect and composite class: enriching the game Breakout

19 Dynamically changed sprite’s structure: a game Worm

20 Chess-like game: a game Othello

21 An introduction of artificial intelligence: extensions of the game Othello

22 Visualizing array sorting algorithms

23 Animating conversions between binary and decimal

24 Animating binary arithmetic computations

Appendix A: References

Appendix B: The three-layer software structure for games

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Chong-wei Xu is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Kennesaw State University, USA. He obtained his master degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D degree from Michigan State University. His research interests include Parallel Computing, Internet Technology, and Video Game Construction.

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Chong-wei Xu is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Kennesaw State University, USA. He obtained his master degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D degree from Michigan State University. His research interests include Parallel Computing, Internet Technology, and Video Game Construction.

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