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Mashimo

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This was one of the best courses I did on edX. I didn't know about data science nor Python before (I didn't take the 6.00.1x course) but I have programming experience that helped me. The lessons and the instructor were clear and enjoyable. The assignments interesting and fun, although the grader was very picky sometimes forcing you into spending extra hours to polish a solution that was already working, just to make it exactly like the grader wanted.
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The course is good as an introduction to the Android platform: all main classes are (briefly) described and references to dig deeper are given. Of course is a bit superficial, the subject is too big to be handled in few weeks. The assignments are not really engaging (you just have to fill ToDo parts in existing but incomplete programs) but just after the course I started to make small apps - one for every topic - and this helped a lot to further expand what I learned. If you think it as a kick-off to start learning Android is a good course, just do not think it will make you immediately an Android programmer.
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Content-wise, the course was quite interesting, combining a general introduction to startups and their economics with some technical backgrounds about how to bootstrap it and create a first concept. The course was also done very good, I enjoyed the main teacher and it was good organized. For a software developer, the concepts were not too new and generally a bit too easy. Probably it is more targeted for non-technical or less-technical startupers-willing-to.
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This was my first Coursera course and I quite liked it. Plus: very high quality, no big errors, material is great and interesting, the topics are absolutely relevant (SaaS itself, BDD, TDD, Ruby on Rails, legacy code), and Armando is entertaining. I actually enjoyed both the theory and the practical part. HW1 was great, much netter than the other HWs. Minus: very dense and fast paced, a lot of stuff is compressed in 6 weeks; you really need to bring programming skills as pre-requisite and willing to learn Ruby on the side (if you don't know it already, I didn't and costed many hours); David is a bit monotone when speaking and not so easy to follow (some words get lost); some quiz questions were strange or questionable. All in all, a very good experience.