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Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

Written 3 months ago
With so many glowing reviews, I don't think mine matters, but here it is anyway: This course is amazing.

This course is so amazing that a) I realized I threw away way too much money on a different "introduction to python" course that had live instructors and one-on-one access to mentors because this class was free and far more beneficial; and b) when I'm done writing this review, I'm going to sign up for the whole Coursera Python for Everybody specialization.

The Python playground is amazing, but it isn't even necessary because the instructor provides such great material for getting Python installed and running on your computer (with windows, mac, and linux instructions), even a complete beginner would be able to follow the instructions and make a functioning script in no time. But the playground is just a lot of fun to play with, and makes tinkering as a beginner super easy.

I spent one whole day and finished the entire Getting Started with Python course (auditing, no quizzes), and learned more than I learned in the first 4 weeks of a 6 week paid course. Dr. Chuck is GOOD at what he does. He presents material in a very down-to-earth manner in clear, plain language that's technical, but not over my head. I have very little experience with programming, and know the basics of computers and computing, but even the introduction to hardware architecture was fascinating and I learned more about hardware than I expected. I felt a lot more prepared to dive into programming after that lecture.

The amazing thing is that so much is crammed into such short lectures, and yet the material is still accessible.

Speaking of accessibility: the lectures have captions AND interactive transcripts. The audio is crisp and clear, as is the video-- without background noise or distractions. The dedication to accessibility has blown me away and is another big reason I plan to support Coursera by paying for the specialization path.
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Jennifer audited this course.

Python Data Structures

Written 3 months ago
This class is top notch. I took it because I'd signed up for the intro course and loved it, and ended up signing up for the whole specialization. This one was even better. Accessible, concise, interesting, and fun.
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Jennifer completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Using Databases with Python

Written 3 months ago
This course, like every other course I've taken from Dr. Chuck is phenomenal. It's tougher than the previous three courses in the specialization, but he gives you absolutely everything you need to complete the assignments-- as long as you go over all the material he gives you. :)

I hadn't expected this to be more about SQL, JSON, and other not-directly-python-related things, but it is, and I have a greater appreciation for how versatile python really is, and what I might want to be when I grow up. :)
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Jennifer completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Using Python to Access Web Data

Written 3 months ago
This class is phenomenal-- python for accessing real-world web data! Presented in Dr. Chuck's fantastic style, it was easy to follow, and even when I had trouble and had to rewatch videos, the information I needed was there-- I just needed to review it a few times.
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Jennifer completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

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