Programming Games
with JavaTM
7th Edition
Using the JCreator 5 IDE

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PROGRAMMING GAMES WITH JAVATM(Table of Contents) uses Java GUI (graphic user interface) programming concepts while providing detailed step-by-step instructions for building many fun games.  The tutorial is appropriate for both kids and adults.  The games built are non-violent and teach logical thinking skills.  To grasp the concepts presented in  PROGRAMMING GAMES WITH JAVA, you should have experience with building Java projects and be acquainted with using the Swing control library.  Our tutorial LEARN JAVA GUI APPLICATIONS will help you gain this needed exposure.

PROGRAMMING GAMES WITH JAVATM explains (in simple, easy-to-follow terms) how to build a Java game project. Students learn about project design, the Java Swing controls, many elements of the Java language, and how to distribute finished projects. Game skills learned include handling multiple players, scoring, graphics, animation, and sounds. The game projects built include, in increasing complexity (Game Screen Shots):

  • Safecracker – Decipher a secret combination using clues from the computer.
  • Tic Tac Toe – The classic game.
  • Match Game – Find matching pairs of hidden photos – use your own photos!
  • Pizza Delivery – A business simulation where you manage a small pizza shop for a night.
  • Moon Landing – Land a module on the surface of the moon.
  • Leap Frog – A fun arcade game where you get a frog through traffic and across a raging river.

The product includes over 900 pages ofFull-Color self-study notes, all Java source code and all needed graphics and sound files.

This course requires Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.  You also need the ability to view and print documents saved in an Adobe Acrobat format.    To complete this Java tutorial, you need to have a copy of the Java Development Kit (JDK) v7 installed on your computer. This is a FREE product that can be downloaded from the Java website.    This site contains complete downloading and installation instructions for the latest version of Java.  You can also download all Java documentation from this same site. Look for the Standard Edition of Java  (Java SE).

Our tutorials also use Xinox JCreator v5.0 LE as the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for building and testing Java applications.  A free 30 day evaluation version of JCreator 5.0 LE is available for download at the JCreator Web Site.   The Xinox website contains downloading and installation instructions for JCreator.   If you are using Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 you can use the FREE shareware JCreator Version (5.0.008) to complete this tutorial.  If you are using the new Microsoft Windows 8 or above, you must purchase and download JCreator 5.10 or above + for $35.00 from the JCreator Web Site.


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Please note that this tutorial was previously published as “Programming Kid Games with Java – 6th Edition ” .   The new 7th Edition is now available in a color printed edition.