Welcome to your very first week of Java! We're so happy you're here!
This week we'll focus on unpacking the multitude of concepts from the pre-work, and familiarizing ourselves with Java's development environment. We'll also revisit Behavior-Driven Development, a concept we previously learned about in Intro to Programming. This time we'll take it one step further by creating coded, automated tests for each behavior we identify during the BDD process.
To focus on developing strong Java fundamentals and good, professional testing habits, we will not create any websites this week. Instead, the programs we write will be similar to those from the pre-work. We'll work exclusively within IntelliJ's development environment, the terminal, and REPL this first week.
However, next week, we'll dive into Spark, a front-end framework that will allow us to build web applications with Java back-ends. This will add a challenging layer of complexity. Take advantage of this first week to solidify your familiarity and comfort working with the Java language.
At the end of the week you will submit an independent project that will be reviewed for the following objectives: