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  1. A First Look at Objects Contents • How to use this lecture • Primitive types in java • Some terminology • Classes and objects • Accessing methods • Packages • Static methods and a first program

  2. A First Look at Objects This lecture presents you with an overview of the object-based features of java. In java you will have to deal with objects and the terminology of object-oriented languages immediately. Initially you will be primarily using objects that are part of the standard java library. This overview will acquaint you with issues that you will encounter during the first few weeks of the course. It is best used to serve as a companion for the initial lectures and assignments. It is not easily digested during a first sitting, but by periodically reviewing this material during the initial weeks of the course you should gain a better appreciation of the nature of object-oriented programming in java. An object-based programmer must be both a librarian and a logician. A programmer must be able to locate, use, and extend classes contained in a rich collection of previously developed code. A programmer must be able to write clear, concise, provably correct code of his or her own.

  3. A First Look at Objects Java is an object-based language. Everything in java is an object except for the primitive types: entity primitive type integer int or long or short real float or double character char logical (true or false) boolean basic unit of memory byte Primitive types designate the amount and organization of memory allocated by the system to standalone variables

  4. A First Look at Objects Primitive Data Types (platform independent): Type Size Range Default Value

  5. A First Look at Objects The Terminology of Java A Java program consists of runtime objects that interact with one another by exchanging messages. A programmer builds (codes) a class which is a prototype for forming objects. An object encapsulates data (primitive types and other objects) with the operations that are performed upon the data.

  6. A First Look at Objects Example -- Consider a Counter (like the dial in an odometer or digital clock) A counter has two (integer) data members: the current count and the base of the counter – 10 for odometer dials, 24 or 60 for clock dials. class Counter Data members Each Counter object keeps two pieces of data – its base, and its current count value privateint base; privateint count; Data members of a class are usually declared as private or not accessible to other objects. Operations on the data Classes also provide public operations called methods that allow other objects to manipulate or view the data members of an object public Counter (int baseVal); publicvoid increment( ); publicvoid reset( ) publicint getCount( )

  7. A constructor for creating Counter and initializing objects Transformations do not return a value Observations that return the value of a (usually private) data member. The type of value returned is indicated in the method declaration A First Look at Objects Let’s briefly examine the operations for class Counter There are 4 operations that one need perform on Counters: There are 3 types of operations in this class Create a new Counter object with a supplied base value. public Counter (int baseVal); publicvoid increment( ); publicvoid reset ( ); publicint viewCount( ); Increment the count by one up to the base value and then roll back to 0 again Transformations that change the value of one or more of the data members Reset the count to 0. View the current value of the count (that is held in the private – inaccessible – variable count.

  8. 10 base count increment reset viewCount publicclass Counter { privateint base; privateint count; //methods public Counter(int baseVal) {//body of the method} publicvoid increment( ) {…} publicvoid reset( ) {…} publicint viewCount( ) {…} } Set by client 0 Default value The object carries references to the (common) Counter methods A First Look at Objects Counter objects are constructed during run-time from the instructions specified in the class. Construct a base-10 Counter called units units Each object holds its own unique data Use the operation new to allocate memory for the object units. Counter units = new Counter(10);

  9. Name of recipient object Name of method to execute Dot operator separates the name of the object from the name of the method A First Look at Objects The operations are invoked by a requesting object sending a message to a receiving object (such as units) to execute the indicated operation. Message is sent to the object units to execute its increment method. units.increment( ); Message to units requests that it return its current count. The value that is returned is stored in a variable named theCount. int theCount = units.viewCount( );

  10. Allocates memory for a reference to a Counter Uses the new operator and a constructor to allocate memory for a Counter object and initializes the base to 10 baseTen 0 base count increment() reset( ) viewCount( ) 10 0 returns an integer that is printed to the screen A First Look at Objects Assume the class Counter that we have just described has been created and placed in a separate file in the same directory as this main program. Write a program to create a base 10 Counter, increment it twice, and display its count to the screen. publicclass CounterExample { publicstaticvoid main(String [ ] args) { Counter baseTen; baseTen = new Counter(10); //increment twice baseTen.increment( ); baseTen.increment( ); //display on screen System.out.println(baseTen.viewCount( )); }

  11. A First Look at Objects Packages Related java classes may be grouped together into packages. A program wishing to use one of these classes must supply the “fully qualified name”. package_name.class_name Note! Sometimes packages can also be grouped into larger packages. package_name2.package_name1.class_name

  12. A First Look at Objects The Java Library The classes used in a Java program come from two sources: 1. The classes created by the programmer • The classes contained in the standard java library (that comes • with the language) The first set of programs that you will write will have a single class of your own construction that will have only a main function and will reference operations from classes contained in the standard library.

  13. A First Look at Objects Heavily used packages (and classes) in the java library Packages used for interactive dialog javax.swing For creating dialog boxes java.io For accessing input stream classes java.text For formatting numerical output java.util For parsing strings to retrieve individual parts To use classes contained in one of these packages in a program that you are writing, begin your program with an import directive that specifies the full name of the package you are using. import javax.swing.*; //allows access to all classes in this package import javax.swing.JOptionPane; //as an alternative, you may import the single class that is needed

  14. First Look at Objects Static methods Methods or data members that are qualified as having staticscope are class methods ( or data members). They can be invoked without instantiating (creating) an object of that class. Two primary examples of static methods that you will encounter very early in your programming efforts are the main function in the classes that you will write, and the functions in the library class Math. Methods in class Math are all declared as static and accessed without creating an instance of a Math object. They are accessed by qualifying the name of the desired function with the class name Math. Examples Math.sqrt(real or integer variable name); Math.abs(real or integer variable name);

  15. A First Look at Objects The function main( ) In java every function must belong to a class. Every program must have one and only one main function in one of its classes. The first several programs that you write will consist only of a main function, but that must be placed inside a class. This function must be declared static so that it will be run without creating an instance of the class in which it resides. Construct a class with your own chosen name. publicclass MyFirstProgram { publicstaticvoid main(String [ ] args) { System.out.println(“My first program!!”); } } Class contains a single function--main Writes a string of text to the screen