Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
- Thomas Edison
In the software industry standing still is like falling into a hole; you may not totally disappear but you'll have to dig yourself out. Constantly upgrading your skill set as a software developer is a requirement, not an option. Southern Polytechnic State University's Continuing Education programs offer a wide variety of classes in many fields. The size of programming classes is limited to a maximum of 10 students to allow student/teacher interaction. We teach Java technologies. There are two classes which teach the Java programming language and a certificate program which teaches the core technologies, excluding EJBs, of the business platform, J2EE and GWT. The classes are taught as a series of lectures followed by hands-on lab work. For the certificate programs the lab work must be completed and checked by the instructor to receive the certificate. Classes are are taught at Southern Polytechnic State University's Continuing Education Center or on-site. Businesses may request custom training classes aimed at getting their development teams up and running with a particular set of skills.

About Java and Java Technologies
Since its arrival in 1996 Java has consistently proven itself to be the language for web based development. With the introduction Java2 Enterprise Edition, J2EE, Java firmly established itself as as a leader in business development platforms. Combined with Java's write-once-run-anywhere, WORA, paradigm Java freed companies from being tied to a particular hardware platform.

In May, 2006 Google introduced the Google Web Toolkit. The GWT, as its known - the full name is a trifle unwieldy, is used to develop browser independent web based applications with the look and feel of a traditional desktop application. The nice folks at Google have created a toolkit that overcomes the two biggest obstacles in designing browser based applications - cross browser differences and maintaining a gui in multiple languages, usually HTML/JSP and Javascript. With the arrival of GWT the GUI for an entire enterprise can be maintained in a single language, Java. Additionally, the deployable modules for browser based applications created by GWT do not require the JRE to be installed on a client's computer - it's all HTML and JavaScript.

In March 2012, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution ran an artical on GWT which Susan Cole of Karakuricode contributed. It's contents can be accessed at the this link.

Android is a a complete environment for mobile devices. It runs on a number of hardware platforms, unlike Apple's IOS. Android runs on a Linux kernel and is comprised of a three tier software stack. The software stack is comprised of a set of libraries and the virtual machine. The application framework sits over the libraries and virtual machine and handles managing applications and their resources as well as hardware devices such as Bluetooth, WIFI and cameras. There are several built in applications that sit over the application framework, including, but not limited to, web browsers, a contacts list, and, if applicable for the device, a phone dialer/manager. Android has a built in database, SQLite, which provides the ability to persist data to the device with a standard mechanism. Android leverages all the features of Java so there is no language learning curve, just learning the features of the Android stack. Following thru on the WORA promise of standard Java provides companies with a head start on leveraging their existing development staff.

SPSU Training Courses
XML Development and Processing

Extensible Markup Language, or XML, is one of the core parts of enterprise data delivery systems. XML is a platform- and application-independent method of exchanging data. Its flexibility has also made it ideal as a configuration tool for many enterprise applications such as application servers and web servers.

The following topics are covered in the class: development and processing XML documents, development and use of validation schemas, and development and use of transformations. All programming is done in Java.

This class may be taken individually or as part of the E-Business Solutions in Java Certificate.

2 Saturdays, 8:30 am to 5 pm,
September 29 and,
October 6, 2012

Business run on databases, and that's a fact. Traditional database development techniques are difficult to implement and test effectively and even more difficult to modify after the application is in production. Object Relational Modeling (ORM) systems bridge several paradigm gaps between object-oriented languages, such as Java, and relational databases. The leading ORM for Java development is Hibernate. Hibernate is a framework that solves the paradigm mismatches between programming languages and databases by providing a mapping mechanism between Java and the tables in the database.

The course covers object-to-table mapping, including collection and inheritance, annotations, querying with HQL and criteria, effective data-retrieval techniques, transactions and conversations, and effective program design.

This class may be taken individually or as part of the E-Business Solutions in Java Certificate.

3 Saturdays, 8:30 am to 5 pm,
October 20,
October 27 and,
November 3, 2012

Spring is a lightweight application container and framework that can replace traditional EJB containers such as WebSphere or JBoss or be embedded inside these containers. Spring provides several core enterprise components such as database access, aspect-oriented programming, web or traditional application environment, and application authentication. It also provides dependency injection, which allows the application to configure which resources are required or available for parts of the application.

Topics covered in the course are good application structure, manual and automatic wiring, working with databases, cross-cutting enterprise concerns with aspect-oriented programming, and web and non-web-based application development. Database work uses Hibernate and MySQL. Hibernate is not covered in this class and students are not expected to know Hibernate or SQL. Java classes needed to work with the database are provided.

This class may be taken individually or as part of the E-Business Solutions in Java Certificate.

4 Saturdays, 8:30 am to 5 pm,
November 3,
November 10,
November 17 and,
December 1, 2012
Thanksgiving week off
Google Web Toolkit

The Google Web Toolkit, GWT, finally delivers on the promise of cross-browser, desktop-like web applications. It is quickly becoming the de facto standard for creating web-based applications. GWT solves the problems of browser differences and removes the need for multiple languages by allowing the UI and the server components to be written in Java. It does not require a browser plugin.

Topics covered include UI components (checkboxes, text fields, etc.), layout managers, event handling, connectivity to remote resources, browser history management, image management, and internationalization.

This class may be taken individually or as part of the E-Business Solutions in Java Certificate.

3 Saturdays, 8:30 am to 5 pm,
July 7,
July 14 and,
July 21, 2012

Android is the application environment for many of today's smart phones and tablet PCs. It is a direct competitor to Apple's iOS operating system used on the iPhone. Android provides a full complement of UI components, event handling, on-device database management, and full integration with the device's hardware capabilities such as GPS and accelerometers.

Course topics include an introduction to micro-platform computing, developing UIs and layouts, menus and dialog boxes, cross-application resource sharing, animation and threading, and deploying applications to Android devices. Development will be performed in Eclipse using the Android simulation platform. An Android device will be available for students to test deploying applications.

This class may be taken individually or as part of the E-Business Solutions in Java Certificate.

4 Saturdays, 8:30 am to 5 pm,
August 18,
August 25,
September 8 and,
September 15, 2012
Labor Day week off
Beginning Java This five-day course provides a gentle introduction to the Java programming language for those who have never programmed before or whose skills are rusty. Topics include classes, objects, control structures, arrays, graphics, class variables and methods, primitive types, and class design. It covers the most recent version of Java. The course features extensive programming labs during which you write and test programs under the supervision of the instructor.

5 Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm,
Next session TBD

Accelerated Java This five-day course is designed to bring you, the experienced programmer, quickly up to speed in Java. Topics include Java fundamentals, objects, arrays, graphical user interfaces, data structures, class design, abstract classes and interfaces, program organization, exceptions, streams, threads, and networking. It covers the most recent version of Java. The course features extensive programming labs during which you write and test programs under the supervision of the instructor.

5 Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm,
May 5 thru June 2, 2012
The Duke® logo denotes a course which is not intended to teach the Java language. Students must have completed SPSU's Accelerated Java or Beginning Java or must have at least 6 months current working experience with the Java language. Students who have completed the Beginning Java class at SPSU may wish to gain practical experience before attempting this course.
The star denotes a course for which a student may receive an optional certification. Certification ensures employers that the student has a knowledge of the core principles of the technology covered in the course.

To obtain certification all course labs must be completed and must implement the functional requirements of the lab (they have to work). Students have one calendar week from the last class to complete and turn in their labs. Additionally, students must take an on-line examination. The examination is given during the last hour of the last class. Students may use course and personal notes and refer to their labs during the examination. The examination is graded on-line and the student must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly in order to pass.

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