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Scott Blaydes

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I was taking Rice's Introduction to Interactive Programming with Python (IIPP) when I started Programming for Everyone. Dr. Chuck is a great professor with a style that is engaging and holds your interest. This class worked with small programs, so nothing rough for a programming beginner. For me the practice programs were right up my alley with data types that I have worked with before. This has given me a new approach to dealing with the data that a Systems Administrator deals with. Programming for Everyone was not as deep and detailed as IIPP, but it still teaches the basics to get you started programming. My only complaint is that Dr. Chuck doesn't teach a Programming for Everyone 2 class.
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While I have been around computers most of my life, I always wanted to be a programmer. I flunked out of university when I was younger, but wanted to try to learn now that I am older and I have different priorities. I had never programmed any Python before this class, but I feel pretty confident in my skills now. No, not enough to get a job, but enough to have a solid base. Also, I know what areas I need improvement in. The professors all have their own styles, but each is easy to understand. They really try to put some humor into the class and it helps. You can't say the profs don't care, as they really try hard with the video lectures and keeping an eye on the forums. The project game duels at the end of each week is great too. This was my first MOOC class and I think I was lucky to get a good one to start with. The class has been challenging for me many weeks. My wife is tired of me waiting till Saturday to do my weekly project and then hiding away working on it. One thing I value is knowing what my weak areas are due to the way the class was structured and taught. I am happy with the class and proud of what I have accomplished.