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Robert Komartin

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  • 19 reviews
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Really excellent - to me it was the refresher I needed regarding the last two decades of software engineering progress! I will be impatiently waiting for the sequel!
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An excellent review/overview of both the classical (relational databases, SQL) topics, as well as the newer trends (XML, JSON, NoSQL) trends in the databases field.
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Thumbs up for the guys at 10gen! They managed to teach an old dog like me* quite new NoSQL tricks seamlessly performed with their beautiful MongoDB! :-) *P.S. Okay, I'm only 37, but in this business this means quite old... When I first touched a computing device, I did it to play Pong and Space Invaders...
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Thumbs up for the guys at 10gen! They managed to teach an old dog like me* quite new NoSQL tricks seamlessly performed with their beautiful MongoDB! :-) *P.S. Okay, I'm only 37, but in this business this means quite old... When I first touched a computing device, I did it to play Pong and Space Invaders...
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An excellent continuation of 169.1x - homeworks sometimes a bit too difficult for someone with my (amateur) ranking, and some of the topics a bit too specialized, but overall another great lesson from prof. Fox and Patterson!
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[Edit] I have upgraded the rating following course conclusion and recap. In the end, it does provide a well-rounded overview of the field (as well as the materials I was so dearly missing before :-)). Nice in its intention, but failing to go all the way because of: a. the lack of course materials b. the style of "just scratching the surface" - which implies it is good for informative purposes, but hardly enough for doing anything in practice. c. the style of the homework - where students are left "on their own" regarding languages to choose, algorithms to use, basically everything a beginner would need to properly address such a topic.
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An excellent entry point regarding RAILS, with great content, great speaker and... great music :-). A LOT of blood and brains scattered around though - but that's what zombies do, after all.
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All the goodies CodeSchool provides are also here - excellent content, excellent video and sound (yes, you may call it 'music') - great learning and great fun. One caveat though - assuming everybody knows HTML and CSS already and going only for the novel features of HTML 5 and CSS 3 ("5 for 3") might be a bit misleading...
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An excellent entry point regarding jQuery, with great content, great speaker and... great music :-).
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A nice entry point regarding Git, with good interactivity (but less than other Code School courses).
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A nice elementary point regarding Ruby language, with good interactivity (but less than other Code School courses).
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A nice entry point regarding R language, with good interactivity (but less than other Code School courses).
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I think it's only fair to start by saying this is one of the courses I've not completed. I found the depth of the topics a bit too much for an amateur like me (even after successfully completing Andrew Ng's ML course). But give to Caesar what is Caesar's - Mr. Hinton is a true Lord of the Neural Networks - the not only masters the depths of the field, but he also does this with grace and good humor - thank you for the great experience!
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For his first teaching attempt (as he kept repeating throughout the course), Steve H. gave us a mind-blowing real-life web development experience! Outstanding and warmly recommended!
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I have hesitated quite a lot whether to write a review for this course - so let me start with the disclaimer: I gave up mid-course, after dutifully going through the initial steps of installing the tools and doing the first three (or four, if you count the intro one too) homeworks. Now, I feel the situation here is a bit more complex to evaluate than with most of the other courses I went through (online or offline): it is not that the course or the professor disappointed me - I might say the main problem is just the opposite... Let me explain: the course is absolutely beautiful, and the professor is brilliant - I might even say he's a genius. But... I felt again and again that all this beauty is just art for the sake of the art - and that the aspects related to "programming as a craft" were (maybe deliberately) ignored... In a nutshell - the course convinced me NOT to use Scala as a language of choice for any practical projects: yes, it is truly beautiful, and this in a manner only the greatest works of art can be - but this is very far from the "industrial strength", languages which will be used not only by the best and the brightest, but also by armies of average programmers. Maybe the efforts of the language' promoters (in courses like these) should be directed towards showing how Scala (and Akka, and Play) can be used EASILY, and IN A PRODUCTIVE MANNER, to develop large scale projects. But maybe it's just me...
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Excellent course and inspired professor. The only problem I see with the course is the fact that four weeks is by far not enough time, which led to trying to fit a lot (maybe too much) in short sessions - often by not mentioning/ignoring the rationale behind the topics presented. Of course, I fully understand the time and effort needed by preparing such course, so my above comment should be taken rather as a constructive suggestion for improving the next releases of the course rather than mindless criticism... :-)
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Well done, Dr. Kearns! Outstanding intro "broadcasting live from beautiful downtown Philadelphia" into the matters of graphs and social networks. Really loved it!
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Excellent content and outstanding teacher. However, what misses (in my view) to be perfect is the style - a bit too oriented towards the classic teaching (relatively long chunks of lessons, a bit too much emphasis on the formal testing on the concepts instead of the practical aspects of the craft, etc.).
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Excellent! I definitely recommend it!