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Collins teaches students how to use the data structures provided in the Java Collections Framework, as well as teaching them how to build the code themselves. His goal is give students an excellent background in creating data structures themselves, as well as make them comfortable using the standard library. Using the Java Collections Framework gives students the opportunity to work with excellent fully tested code. Further, since this is a standard library of classes, students will be able to continue to use it for other courses and as they move into industry.
Another feature of this text is that labs are provided with the book. These labs can be used as open-labs, closed labs, or homework assignments and are designed to give students hands-on experience in programming. These optional labs provide excellent practice and additional material for the students.