Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Java with SpringMVC & Android

Code 401: Advanced Software Development in Java with SpringMVC & Android

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Overview

Learn to write clean, crystal-clear, well-tested, advanced Java code using industry standard software engineering patterns while building servers with SpringMVC and mobile apps with Android.

In this course, you will use IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio to create Java applications. You will deploy the applications onto live servers with Heroku, install your Android applications onto your phone, and have the apps communicate with Firebase, Google's realtime database.

The course focuses on fundamental computer science concepts such as object-oriented programming, advanced data structures and algorithms, Big O asymptotic analysis, and the structure of statically typed languages.

This course includes career development curriculum to get you ready for your job search, plus job search assistance after graduation. The Daytime track is 400 hours total. Course hours include lecture, lab, and coworking.

Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to land an entry-level Java or Android Developer position by:

  • Being able to take project ideas from conception all the way through full-stack execution and deployment using common frameworks and tools.
  • Contributing to existing and ongoing projects using professional version-controlled workflows, working in tandem with your classmates on collaborative assignments.
  • Building and contributing to server-side and client-side applications, each using an architecture/framework that promotes maintainability, scalability, and collaboration. These skills will be fully demonstrated during project week when your team develops its own prototype applications, adhering to industry best practices and patterns.
  • Applying Computer Science fundamentals when analyzing the trade-offs between competing solutions when choosing algorithms; when choosing data structures; and when making sure not to degrade the performance or functionality of your server and mobile applications.
  • Participating in a series of career development workshops and the web development knowledge, experience, habits, and practices learned in this course. You will create an online brand, network, and resume, and will demonstrate aptitude in personal and technical interviews of varying formats, in order to conduct a successful job search and obtain a job as a Java or Android developer.

Prerequisites

  • Code 301
    • Students with previous experience can test out of this requirement in their application. If you'd like to test straight into this course, please make sure you have experience with all of the topics listed on the Code 201 and Code 301 course pages.

Topics

Concepts

  • Java Fundamentals
    • Native Primitive Data-types
    • Strings
    • Arrays
  • Java Collections library
  • Static Typing
  • Access Modifiers
  • Java Generics
  • Exception Handling
  • Unit Tests
  • Test Driven Development
  • OOP Principles
  • Concurrency
  • Recursion
  • MVC
  • Identity and Authentication
  • Security and Performance
  • Web APIs
  • Design Patterns
  • Application Deployment

Data Structures and Algorithms

  • Big O Asymptotic Analysis
  • Array Lists
  • Linked Lists
  • Stacks/Queues
  • Trees
  • Binary Search Trees
  • Heaps
  • Hash Tables
  • Sets
  • Graphs
  • Breath-first and Depth-first Traversals
  • Recursive Backtracking
  • Sorting Algorithms
  • Daily Whiteboard Interview Practice

Languages and Frameworks

  • Java
  • SpringMVC
  • Android

Environments and Tools

  • Unix
  • Git
  • GitHub
  • IntelliJ IDE
  • Android Studio
  • SQLite
  • PostGres
  • MongoDB
  • Google Firebase

Career Development Curriculum

Two full days of Code 401 are dedicated to workshops and presentations that teach you the skills you'll need for your job search, such as personal branding techniques, effective networking practices, how to create an attractive resume, mastering personal and technical interviews, job search best practices, and more. An additional one-day job search strategy workshop is held in the week after graduation.

Additionally, during each Project Week, you will work with a team and present projects that will go into your professional portfolio. Learn More »

Material Requirements

You are required to supply your own laptop that meets the below requirements. Chromebooks are not suitable for this course, since you can’t directly control installed software. Most students use Macs. You are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your computer throughout the course. The course pre-work will have specific instructions for configuring your computer to be ready for the first day of class.

  • 64-bit Operating System, like macOS or Windows 10.
  • Fully up to date, with the latest version of the operating system and all security updates installed.
  • At least 50GB of free space on the hard drive.
  • At least 8GB of RAM. 16GB RAM strongly preferred.
  • Free of viruses, and in general working order.

By the first day of class, you will need:

Stacked Modules

Concepts in each of our courses are taught using stacked modules, where a new concept is introduced in each class session, building upon what came before it. This is a challenging style that requires persistence, practice, and collaboration, but allows more concepts to be introduced over the length of the course. This method helps students learn and retain more information in a short period of time. Learn more about stacked modules »

Homework Policy

In order to pass the class, students must attain at least 90% of available points.

Professionalism

Punctuality, participation in discussions, completion of assignments, and demonstration of professional courtesy to others are required, in accordance with our Code of Conduct. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. Passing requires at least 90% attendance. Students should always contact the instructors ahead of time if they are unable to attend all or part of published class / lab hours.

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