|CPSC 329||Software Development||Fall 2012|
This course continues the study of programming by focusing on software design, development, and verification - the skills beyond fluency in a particular language which are necessary for developing large, reliable programs. Topics include object-oriented design, the use of APIs, and testing and verification. Techniques common in modern software development will also be studied. Specific techniques may include GUIs and event-driven programming, multi-threading, client-server networking, fault-tolerant computing, stream programming, and security. This course is required for the major in computer science. It includes a required lab component.
|Course Web Page||
There is no required textbook. Material will be handed out or posted on the course webpage.
CPSC 225 is required.
|Rationale, Aims, & Objectives||
This course completes the programming sequence begun by CPSC 124 and 225 - CPSC 124 introduces the basic ideas of programming along with the syntax and semantics of the Java programming language, CPSC 225 focuses on common data structures as the organizational building blocks of programs, and this course addresses the process of creating good software.
This course's primary goal is to increase each student's comfort and success when tackling large programming projects. More specific objectives for students include:
|Course Content Overview||
The course material can be roughly divided into three areas:
An Organized Development Process: One major topic of the course is how to make the process of creating a large program smoother and more successful. We will study both an approach to help guide the process and strategies for dealing with particular phases of the development process. Specific topics include:
Creating Good Software: There's more to software development that just getting a program that works. A well-designed and well-written program is easier to create and easier to extend with new features, and careful testing raises confidence that the program works correctly. Specific topics include:
Modern Software Development Techniques: We will also look at several topics that come up frequently in modern software, including:
The emphasis will be on using the Java API for these tasks, though some general concepts will be considered. These topics will also serve as illustrations for some of the design patterns discussed.