Below I'll post a private email I sent to Dr. Fitzpatrick telling him what I thought about the course:
My name is Robert Mattera and I'm a graduate student at Rutgers University in Plant Science. For years now I've been saying I wanted to program but just couldn't take the plunge because it seemed too difficult and kept putting it off.
Well, I just finished watching the last lecture for your online course and I would like to tell you that this has been the best college-level course I've taken in my time as a university student (both undergraduate and graduate). I am so glad I decided to take this course, not only because I finally learned how to program but also because how amazing this class was. I appreciate how clean, smooth and professional the videos looked and am very grateful that your explanations were very thorough and clear. The assignments were perfect and actually enjoyable to do (most of the time haha).
My favorite part of the course was not only your quirky remarks and nerdy (but hilarious) jokes but also that you made programming extremely interesting and you went about showing the material in a way that every video had an 'a-ha moment' for me. As few and far between as a-ha moments are for scientists this was a big deal for me. I'm truly grateful at how much effort and passion you and your team put into this course to make it engaging for the students. I am very sad that it is over.
The biggest thank you,