Welcome to CS302!

Welcome to Introduction to Programming!

HelloWorldWe are excited to help you learn to read and write computer programs using the Java programming language.  Java is widely used to write programs for all kinds of computers to run. To get started with the course, please complete the checklist below by the first week of class.

See you in class!

Jim Williams
Gary Dahl

Getting Started Checklist:

  1. Sign up for the zyBook
  2. Sign up for Piazza
  3. Activate your CS Account
  4. Determine if you have any Exam Conflicts and Request other accommodations
  5. Install Java 8 and Eclipse on your computer
  6. Find Team Lab
  7. Review the Syllabus
  8. Complete the Course Survey


1. Sign up for the zyBook

The zyBook E-Text for this class costs $67 and will remain available for your use through 1/6/2017.  In addition to providing you with readings (and interactive demos), the participation portion of your grade in this class relies on your completion of the participation activities found throughout the assigned readings.  To obtain access to this zyBook:

  1. Sign up at zybooks.com using  a @wisc.edu email address.
  2. Enter the zyBook code: WISCCS302Fall2016
  3. Click Subscribe.
  4. Complete the How to Use zyBooks.

NOTE: We will be discussing material from the first chapter of this book at our first class.  You’ll see this on the syllabus.

For students who would like to have a traditional bound text covering similar content: We recommend the following optional supplemental text: Daniel Liang, Introduction to Java Programming, Brief Version, 10th edition, Pearson, ISBN 9780133592207

2. Signup for Piazza

Piazza is an online tool for asking and answering questions for all students, TAs and instructors in CS302. Piazza is available to you anywhere you have access to the internet. It is delivered and supported by a company called Piazza.


piazza_logo_blueGo to: https://piazza.com/wisc/fall2016/cs302
Click “Join Classes”
Continue filling out the forms being careful to enter your WISC.EDU email address, first name and last name.

Logging In to Piazza

Once you’re logged in, you can stay logged in on that computer. You will need to relogin if you check Piazza from another computer.

Go to: https://piazza.com/wisc/fall2016/cs302/home
Click “Login to Piazza”

3. Activate your CS Account

UWCrest_4cAs a registered CS 302 student, you are provided an account on the CS lab machines. Note that your CS username (and password) are different from your UW NetID.
Activate CS Account

Note: It appears that some accounts may not be available until after the first day of class.  Please wait to contact lab support about any problems you encounter setting up this account until after the first day of class.  For students who register after the first day of class, expect at least a one day delay before your account is ready for activation.

Your CS account is necessary for logging into Lab computers. Additionally, having a CS account adds an alternate address/alias (yourcslogin@cs.wisc.edu) to your campus (@wisc.edu) email address.

4. Determine Exam Conflicts and other Accommodation Requests

This course has midterm exams the evenings of Oct 13th and Nov 17th. By Sept 23rd (Friday of the 3rd week of classes), fill out the Exam Confirmation and Accommodation Requests form. This form asks if you have any class or lab conflicts with exams or any accommodation requests such as for McBurney VISAs, Religious Observances, team travel, plays, etc.   

Exam Confirmation and Accommodation Requests

You must confirm exam attendance or submit all exam conflicts and accommodation requests by Friday of the 3rd week of classes.

5. Install Eclipse with Java 8 on your computer

We strongly encourage students to install Eclipse and Java on your computers making it possible for you to practice programming at your convenience. This practice is invaluable for learning the Java language and improving your programming skills.eclipse-426x100

Instructions to Install Java on your computers

6. Prepare for Team Lab

Team Labs start meeting during Week 2. The team labs are located in the Computer Sciences building in the first floor rooms 1350cs, 1370cs. Login using your CS Account (activated above).

Your L: Drive

Your CS account also provides you with space to save your Java files on your L: drive. When working on the lab computers, make sure to save your files on the L: drive. Do not save them on the C: drive since other people can access files you put there.

Startup Eclipse

Eclipse is the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that we use for Java program development in CS302.

Eclipse Tutorial

7. Review the Syllabus

Please review the course information including policies and syllabus.

Course Information and Syllabus

 8. Complete the Course Survey

This anonymous survey will provide us all with a sketch of the course composition in terms of programming experience, motivation, and goals.