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Maciej Pilichowski

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The course that changed my life like no other course. Interesting, solid, informative with plenty of quizzes and homeworks. Pity it has also exams -- I don't like them (in general). If you are interested in this topic this course is must-take.
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Inspiring and enjoyable. Normally I dislike Udacity format of courses, but for this one it worked well. The instructor, Eric Haines, attitude was great, enthusiastic and willing to help students understand the subject. He does not show off with what he knows, he truly teaches. And he managed to cover quite some material. WOW! You don't see that every day. I didn't give 5 stars, because there are too many quizzes, and too little programming assignments, it is shaped more towards students who don't have experience with programming at all, so for example loop is a complex structure. In other words is a bit too easy. Of course I highly recommend it!
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NOTE: I watched the lectures, nothing else. I didn't have any hopes with this course, I just enrolled to grab some videos and maybe watch one or two of them. What a surprise! The lectures are given in beautiful English, they are full of examples, and they are related not only to companies, but family, and personal life as well. So in a way, this course might help you become a better leader, but a better (more aware) person as well. It help you understand your inner "you" and how to interact with other people. The video material is top- notch when it comes to technical issues, clarify of the image, crystal clear audio. I wish there are more courses prepared so professionally as this one.
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Exciting subject, Prof. Van Hentenryck is walking enthusiasm, each assignment is tough and challenging and there is plenty of room for improvement (of solution, not the problem). And the course is sooo addictive. The course is not without issues -- the lectures are huge in length, and the format is not balanced well -- you learn about all theory upfront and then you guess which approach to take. There are no small, warm-up problems, to test given technique. Despite any problem that you can face, my advice, take this course, you can be frustrated, but you won't regret it (the course is VERY time- consuming, so make sure you don't have any other commitments).
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The lectures are excellent and interesting, I had a lot of fun watching them. The very first lecture hooked to me to entire course and made me learn NetLogo. The one, big, downside is -- it is all pure theory, the course is too easy, no challenges (real ones), no programming assignments. So it is less like regular course, it is more like a teaser.
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I love the enthusiasm of Prof.Ng and the quality of the lectures. You simply cannot not understand what you see and hear. However this is theoretical part -- the course includes homeworks, but they are so easy ("fill the gaps" kind) that they are barely useful. In other words -- you won't get a chance to get your hands dirty during this course.
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This course has all the ingredients, it is interesting, fun etc and generally I recommend it, but there is one flaw -- not enough depth, the course is too easy, and second, there is too big promise ("building robotic car"). After finishing the course I know how the small pieces work, but I still couldn't put them together to make something useful.
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This course was prepared like any other course but at the same as the competition -- I like the challenge factor very much. The Staff did much better job that the counterpart course at Coursera, here you can enjoy the content. There were some problems, one of them -- lack of official scores, so you never knew how good your program really is, unless you go sift through the forum. I mark this course as hard, because achieving top scores was hard, other than that, I would say the level was medium.
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#1 course, I didn't see any course close to this one so far (~60 courses and counting). This course is not only interesting, it is prepared with love in heart and competence in hands, unlike current junk seen so often at Coursera when Staff does not pay attention to technical details or audience, here, both Professors did -- they trusted students and motivated all of us to work. And the course is challenging, there are open problems, so there is plenty of space to solve the problem, but later move from 99.998% to 99.999%.