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2 years, 9 months ago
There's good and bad in this course. First the good: the material covered in the lectures is really useful and explained really well. I would like to thank Dr. Supratik Chakraborty particularly for the way i... There's good and bad in this course. First the good: the material covered in the lectures is really useful and explained really well. I would like to thank Dr. Supratik Chakraborty particularly for the way in which he explains concepts with exceptional clarity and detail. I have learned a lot of useful information from this course for which I am grateful. Now the bad: The quizzes! The quizzes bear little resemblance to the taught materials, which is a shame because their weight contributes such a high percentage to the final grade. In contrast to the lectures, which are explained very well, the quiz questions are full of traps. They contain in various degrees a combination of (1) syntax and concepts that are not covered in the lectures (2) overly long and complex code, particularly for a beginner for which this course is supposedly aimed (3) purposely set syntactical tricks designed to trip you up, and (4) confusing and meaningless variable and method names designed to make it difficult to follow the code. In short, there is very little effort/ reward value to be gained from most of the quiz questions and I would be very surprised if the person who claimed they passed with 100% did so without copying and pasting the code into their IDE and getting the answers that way or was not a beginning programer. So in summary, the taught course content is well taught and extremely useful, but the quizzes tarnish what would otherwise be an exceptional course. I was considering paying for the five courses in the series to get the X series program certificate but I think there are probably better alternatives.