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Multiple lessons

The course is divided into ten lessons plus some additional material. The first couple of lessons could be very useful to beginning programmers becausethey present some important fundamental programming concepts using the Python programming language.

The first lesson also contains some fairly abstract Backus-Naur material that seems to be out of place in an introductory lesson. Don't be too concerned if you don't fully understand that material.While critical for "computer science" students, you can go a long way in programming without fully understanding this material. (It is probably more important for people who design programming languages than for people who useprogramming languages.)

Beyond the first couple of lessons, the course gets into some fairly advanced material. However, if you understand the material in the first couple oflessons, don't hesitate to continue with the additional lessons.

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java

This website is included in the last three items in my recommended path . The material on this website ranges from fundamental programming concepts for beginners to moreadvanced programming concepts for those with programming experience. This material includes the primary learning resources for several courses that Iteach at Austin Community College.

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This section contains a variety of miscellaneous information.

Housekeeping material
  • Module name: Tkc0100: Preface
  • File: Tkc0100.htm
  • Published: 03/17/13
  • Revised: 05/30/13

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Appendix A: Programming knowledge requirements in Texas

Several years ago, I extracted information from various Texas State documents in an attempt to get a handle on the minimum level of programming knowledge thatis required for students to graduate from a Texas high school with one or more courses in computer science.

A list of requirements

By organizing that material, I came up with the following as the minimum list of items thatmust be understood by the graduating student:

  1. General knowledge of computer programming such as the ability to differentiate among the levels of programming languages including machine,assembly, high-level compiled and interpreted languages.
  2. Problem-solving strategies such as design specifications, modular top-down design, step-wise refinement, and algorithm development.
  3. Visual organizers to design solutions such as flowcharts or schematic drawings.
  4. Variables
  5. Expressions and Operators
  6. Sequence, Selection, and Loop Structures
  7. Relational and Logical Operators
  8. Data types
  9. Pretest and post-test loops.
  10. One-Dimensional Arrays
  11. Text files and structures of records.
  12. Sequential search algorithms.
  13. Use of simple data structures such as stacks and queues.
  14. Use of the Java class library.
  15. Command-line user input based on simple menus.
  16. Coding proficiency in Java.
  17. General Programming Syntax, Code Blocks, Comments
  18. Writing and Calling Functions
  19. Passing Function Parameters
  20. Types of Errors (syntax versus logic)


Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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