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TITLE Advanced Programming

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to apply developed programming skills of object to relevant, practical, topics of distributed applications useful in e-Business and similar areas of IT. The distributed computing applies. N-tier distributed architecture.

Topics in brief:

Part 1 (Quick Revision)
• OOP Using Java (Classes, Objects, Inheritance, Encapsulation, Polymorphism, Abstract classes, Interfaces).
• Java Swing and AWT Event handling.
• Concurrent processing using Threads.
• Relection

Part 2 (Java EE)
• N-tier architecture with a focus on two-tier and three-tier variants. Programming support for particular tiers and their interfacing.
• Servlets and JSP (Java Server Pages)
• JDBC (Java Database Connectivity)
• JPA (Java Persistence API)
• JSF (Java Server Faces)
• EJB (Enterprise Java Beans)
• Web Services through Java
• AJAX Technology, JQUERY with AJAX
• Windows Communication Foundation (SOAP, REST, JSON)

Part 4 (AJAX Technologies overview)
• JavaScript
• JQuery


• Deitel & Deitel, Java, How to Program Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 ISBN 0-13-222220-5.
• Antonio Goncalves, Beginning Java EE with GlassFish 3, From Novice to Professional. APress. ISBN 143022889X.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Before taking this study-unit, it is recommended that students are already knowledgeable in Programming (i.e. Students have already followed any other Programming study-unit at the University).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Matthew Xuereb

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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The 13th Edition of EY’s Annual Attractiveness event will be held on 25th October 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel,

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