Week one was a prep week, but I felt like we jumped right in without much fanfare. As housekeeping, we reviewed the syllabus and posted to the “Getting to Know You” forum, and we learned about and installed the JDK (Java Development Kit). Then we read and were quizzed about the text of “Intro to Java,” which included writing, compiling, and running a simple program as demonstrated.
That’s all well and good, and I’m incredibly excited about becoming proficient with Java, but I realize it will be a significant learning curve and that I’ll have to take major ownership of my learning this semester in order to do well.
For me, the most engaging part of programming is actually putting the program together and seeing it run smoothly for the first time. I get a little thrill when it works, and when it doesn’t it’s kind of fun to sleuth through the bugs and figure out how to fix them. Seeing something I’ve created actually work as intended is immensely satisfying for me.