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Java: Learning to Program with Robots

On the surface, this is a book about robots. Look deeper, and you will find a book about learning object-oriented programming. Java is the specific object-oriented programming language used, but the general techniques will apply to many object-oriented langauges.

Why robots when we're really learning about programming? An object-oriented programming language uses software objects to model real-world objects or concepts. For example, a program might use software objects to model real-world bank accounts, employees, or a window on your computer. To learn about object-oriented programming we need some simple objects. Robots and the cities they inhabit will be some of these objects.

Robots are a learning tool. They provide an easy launching point for learning all the important object-oriented concepts — objects, classes, inheritance, polymorphism — as well as traditional concepts such as selection, repetition, step-wise refinement, and parameters.

2018-02-28: Robots is reaching its end of life. I am no longer providing new passwords to the instructor resources and this web site will be taken off-line on Nov. 30, 2018.

Contact: bwbecker@learningwithrobots.com.