CPSC 225: Intermediate Programming
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Instructor: David J. Eck (email@example.com)
Course Handout: http://math.hws.edu/eck/courses/cpsc225_f16.html
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:15--12:10 PM
Lab: Tuesday, 1:30--2:55 PM
Office Hours in Lansing 313 (but also check the Lansing computer lab):
Almost always: MWF 10:00–11:00
Usually: MWF 1:30–3:00
Some Useful Links
- Introduction to Programming Using Java, the textbook for the course.
- PDF version of the textbook, good for reading on-screen.
- Java 8 Documentation
(local access only -- from off-campus use Oracle's copy: Documentation
- A Style Guide for Java Programming.
- About Linux -- Local information about using Linux at HWS.
- Download Site for JDK 8,
where you can download a Java programming system for Windows, if you want to be able to compile Java programs on
your own computer. You want to download the "Java SE Development Kit," and it is very likely that you want the version for Windows x64.
(For Mac OS, you should be offered the choice to install
Java the first time you try to use it, but it also available at the above web site. For Linux, it should be installable using
your regular software installer, but it is also available on the download site.)
- Download Site for Eclipse, which we will use for programming.
Grab the "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers" if you want to use it on your own computer.
First Week: August 29 and 31; September 2
Welcome to the course!
Read Chapter 8, Sections 1 through 3 in the textbook.
Looking ahead, we will cover Subsection 8.4.1 but will
not cover 8.4.2. (However, I encourage you to read all of Chapters 8 through 13 in the book, even the parts that
are not an official part of the course.) On Monday, I will talk in general terms about Sections 1 and 2. We will cover Section 8.3
in some depth on Wednesday. That section is about exceptions and the try..catch
statement. You have probably encountered exceptions already; this section adds
detail. Please read Section 8.3 before class on Wednesday!
On Friday, after the Thursday lab, we might have to review some things from Introductory Programming.
If not, or in any remaining time, we will talk about 8.4.1.
The required reading for the first week also includes the
course handout and the
style guide that will be handed out on the first
class meeting. And you should read Lab 1 before
coming to lab on Thursday.
Second Week: September 5, 7, and 9
It turns out that we didn't have time to talk about Section 8.4.1 (assertions), so we will leave
that as a reading assignment only (and no, it won't be on the test).
On Monday, we will discuss Section 8.5,
which is an introduction to the analysis of algorithms. The question here is how to talk about the
run time efficiency of an algorithm, and how to compare the run times of different algorithms for
performing the same task. This is a question that we ask about many of the the algorithms that we study
later in the course. We will take a somewhat informal approach. If you take our algorithms class
(CPSC 327), you will study the analysis of algorithms in a more detailed and mathematical way.
We will move on to Chapter 9
on Wednesday. You should read Section 9.1
before Wednesday's class. Section 9.1 discusses recursion. A recursive method is one
that calls itself, either directly or indirectly. Recursion turns out to be a powerful tool for
expressing algorithms. We will spend Wednesday and Friday on recursion.
Third Week: September 12, 14, and 16
The reading for the week is Section 9.2.
This section introduces the idea of linked data structures. It concentrates on linked lists.
A linked data structure is made up of "nodes." A node is an object. In a linked data structure,
a node typically contains one or more pointers to other nodes of the same type. In a simple linked
list, each node contains a pointer to the next node in the list. We will see that it is often possible
to use recursion to process linked data structures, although recursion is usually used with more
complicated data structures than linked lists.
Fourth Week: September 19, 21, and 23
The reading for the week is Section 9.3.
This section introduces the important idea of Abstract Data Type (ADT). It uses stacks
and queues as examples of ADTs. We will look at two implementations of the stack ADT,
one using linked lists and one using arrays. We will implement the queue ADT using linked lists.
We will also look at some applications of stacks and queues.
Fifth Week: September 26, 28, and 30
The reading for the week is Section 9.4.
This section covers binary trees, binary sort trees, and expression trees. We will look at the structure
of trees, how they can be created and how they can be processed recursively. In particular, we will
see the difference between pre-order, in-order, and post-order traversals of a binary tree.
We will also have to return to a topic from Section 9.3: postfix expressions and how they
can be evaluated using a stack. It is possible that we might get a start on Section 9.5
by the end of the week.
Note that there is a test coming up next week, on Wednesday, October 5.
Sixth Week: October 3, 5, and 7
There is a test on Wednesday, October 5. A study guide
is available, and copies were handed out in class on September 30.
Monday of this week should be mostly review for the test. We will go over some of the
sample problems from the study guide. On Friday, we will talk about
Section 9.5, which covers the
recursive processing of ordinary infix expressions.