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Welcome to Software Engineering in Java at Olin College, Spring 2011.

Instructors:

Allen Downey and Mark Sheldon.  

Meetings:

The class meets Tuesday and Friday from 9am to 10:40 in AC318.
Here is the class mailing list.

Topics:

  • Intermediate Java programming: if you know Java already, great.  If you know another language, you will have a chance to pick up Java.
  • Design patterns: solutions to recurring software challenges.
  • Software engineering tools including Eclipse, Subversion, JUnit and JavaDoc.
  • Software engineering practice, including pair programming and agile development.
  • Frameworks for distributed computing, including Google's AppEngine for web applications and Hadoop for parallel computation.

Textbooks:

We will be using Head First Java and Head First Design Patterns.  If you already know Java, you might not need Head First Java, or you might prefer a different Java book.

These books exceed the 500-page limit I suggested in my Textbook Manifesto, but they have a lot of pictures, so I am cutting them some slack.  Also, they are reasonably priced.




Coursework:

This is an experimental course, so we will be making some things up as we go along.  But there will probably be:
  • Homework
  • Quizzes
  • Exams: Feb 15, Mar 29, finals week.
  • Project
We will start the semester with a warm-up project, and then the major project will be a search engine that includes a web front end, a back end with a database, an indexer that uses Hadoop MapReduce , and a code parser of some kind.
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