I had some experience with programming, but not being all that good ever, this course boosted my willingness to code and the poise to keep trying. Mr. Severence's teaching calls for a special mention. I'm overly grateful to him to have kept the course interesting and his tone engaging. This was unlike any other class I've ever taken (online or otherwise). I look forward to learning a lot more, both from him and coursera. Can't be thankful enough.
Oh, and this one's a must for beginner's... teaching doesn't get any better than this.