Chair of Fairfield University’s
Computer Engineering program Publishes book for computer
programmers seeking to learn Java
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (February
25, 2004) – As more and more computer programming jobs are
shipped overseas, domestic programmers are seeking ways to maintain
their marketability, said Douglas Lyon, Ph.D., associate professor
and chair of the Computer Engineering department in Fairfield
University’s School of Engineering.
With that need in mind, Dr.
Lyon recently completed his third book, “Java for
Programmers” (Prentice Hall 2004), to help
“re-skill” computer programmers who were trained in older
computer languages as well as those who need a more advanced
understanding of Java.
hurting,” Dr. Lyon said, noting that his students often express
their concerns about their jobs being exported. “The only
constant in this industry is change and nothing goes dull so fast as
a skill set. Re-skilling has become a primary way to maintain
competitiveness in the industry.”
“Most of the new jobs
that appear in industry are in newer languages, like Java. Older
languages, like FORTRAN, Pascal, Visual Basic, C, and even C++, are
falling out of favor,” said Dr. Lyon.
For example, a www.dice.com
search showed that there are 50 Java jobs for every FORTRAN job. With
Pascal jobs the ratio is more than 280 to 1. With Visual Basic, a
more modern language, the ratio is a bit better, at over 4 to 1. Even
the more modern object-oriented languages, like C++ are falling out
of favor (with a ratio of 1.6 to 1) and C is even worse off, Dr. Lyon
Java was only invented in
1995, and has gained acceptance as a widely used language in only 9
years. “Computer programmers whose current positions rely on
older languages find their skills are now obsolete. Many programmers
in this area may have gotten their start in the defense industry, but
in order to parlay their talents to, say the 450 dot-com companies in
Fairfield County, they would likely need to learn upgrade their skill
set,” Dr. Lyon said.
Lyon will use his new text in courses he teaches at Fairfield
University for the Master’s program in Electrical and Computer
Engineering offered by the School of Engineering. Dr. Lyon is
co-director of the ECE program.
“Java is becoming the
lingua franca of the Internet, as well as the favorite vehicle for a
first course in programming,” said George Nagy, Ph.D.,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in his foreword for the book.
“Dr. Lyon has set out to do for Java what Strunk and White did
for English: he shows how to write pithy, effective Java code.”
Carl Weiman, Ph.D., Cooper
Union, writes: “Dr. Lyon’s book is unique and refreshing
because it spans all the novel and valuable features of Java
Technology, such as OOP and built-in web functionality, in a clear,
head-on fashion. His crisp writing style and clear examples carry the
reader to the heart of Java and implant the concepts firmly in the
reader’s mind. This book is a must-use for teachers of Java at
all levels and for professional developers in any field of
application that uses Java.”
Dr. Lyon is President of
Milford-based DocJava Inc., a Java technology consulting firm that
does industrial training, program architecture and development. Dr.
Lyon holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in computer and systems engineering
from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked as a researcher
at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as chief scientist at Raytel
Inc. Dr. Lyon worked at AT&T Bell Labs prior to becoming a
faculty member at the University of Bridgeport, where he was also
founding director of the image sequence processing lab. Dr. Lyon
joined Fairfield University in 1999.
In addition to “Java
for Programmers,” he has published “Java Digital Signal
Processing” (MIS Press. 1997), and “Image Processing in
Java” (Prentice Hall 1999).
Programmers” retails for $50 and is available at Amazon.com and
other booksellers. The book can be purchased directly from Dr. Lyon
via his website: www.docjava.com for $45. For more information about
the book, please contact Dr. Lyon at 203-254-4000, ext. 3155. Media
inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of Media
Relations at Fairfield University, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2726.
Fairfield University is a
comprehensive Jesuit university that prepares undergraduate, graduate
and continuing education students for leadership and service in a
constantly changing world. U.S. News and World Report's 2004
"America's Best Colleges" ranks Fairfield third among universities
with master's programs in the North. Approximately 5,000
undergraduate and graduate students from 37 states, 43 countries, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled at the University's
six schools. The University was founded in 1942 in the scenic
shoreline community of Fairfield, Connecticut.
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