In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of software development with a substantial group software project at its center. Major foci are data structures, object oriented programming, and an introduction to software engineering. Students will extend their understanding of software productivity tools, using revision control for group work, and be introduced to test-driven development as an integral part of software construction.
Students will be introduced to an industrial strength object oriented programming language, extending their understanding of the imperative programming paradigm with a solid grounding in object oriented programming. Inheritance, polymorphism, and parametric types are taught, as well as concepts such as boxing and auto boxing. The important role of standard libraries and their collection types will be emphasized. GUI programming will be introduced.
The course includes a deeper treatment of data structures, using hash tables, trees and lists, which are used to provide concrete implementations of abstract library collection types. The theory of data structures and their time and space complexity will thus be tied to the practice of using standard collections such as those offered by object oriented languages.
The foundations of software engineering including: major development paradigms (such as big plan up front, agile, and formal methods) and risk are introduced.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply fundamental programming concepts, using an object oriented programming language, to solve substantial problems
- Understand basic types and the benefits of static typing for object oriented programs
- Distinguish language definition from implementation, syntax and parsing from semantics and evaluation; understand how program state maps to memory (globals, local, heap) and the implications of heap reachability for memory management
- Develop, understand, test, and evolve substantial programs using a modern IDE, and associated configuration tools; use programming approaches that avoid common coding errors; practice fundamental defensive programming; perform individual and team program reviews; use established design principles to organize a software system
- Use, implement, and evaluate fundamental data structures and associated algorithms; create, implement, debug, and evaluate algorithms for solving substantial problems, including recursive, using divide-and-conquer and via decomposition; select and implement an abstract data type for a given problem
- Perform analysis of simple algorithms; select and use appropriate algorithmic approaches to solve problems (brute-force, divide-and-conquer, recursive backtracking, heuristic)
- Apply the even-driven programming paradigm to construct GUIs
- Deliver and evaluate basic technical documents, presentations, and group interactions, using appropriate tools
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- Individual Assignment (5) [LO null]
- Group Assignment (25) [LO null]
- 2 Lab Tests (20) [LO null]
- Final Exam (50) [LO null]
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Workload31 hrs lectures + 8 x 2hrs of labs/tutorial
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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