The course is fairly advanced and you would need to review the materials many times to understand the concept. The assignments are definitely fun and not as straightforward as other courses.
Superb study material. Learnt a lot during this course. I am not much into mathematical stuff, but got a hang of how to break problems and improve efficiency through parallelism.
By Kyoung-Seop P•
What a difficult course it is!
Nevertheless, it was very helpful.
By Daniel D•
Very well delivered course, more examples are needed though.
By Youwei Z•
good in general, theory part on complexity is too tedious
By Dean T•
Needs to be updated for more modern versions of Scala.
By Seoh C•
unhelpful assignment instructions and test cases.
By Konstantin K•
good overall, but sometimes overly complicated
By Shi Y•
Some instruction is pretty confusing
By Ilya D•
Assignments weren't challenging.
By David P•
Nice course! I learned a lot...
By rafael f o•
Spanish traduction please
By Théophile G•
Pretty good course
By Pedro R•
learned a lot
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By Adam S•
Good learning materials, however the assignments are designed for compute science students rather than professional software developers as the most important part of the assignments is not parallel code, but it is algorithms. Yes, there is parallel code in the code of the assignments, but it is mostly written and your task is to implement the algorithm using this existing parallel code, while in my opinion it should be the other way around - you should implement parallel code and algorithms code should be already provided for you.
By Evgeniy S•
This course is quite hard to understand with tasks especially at the end of week 4. I'm not sure that this is very useful now, cause no examples and explanation of current libs in scala for parallel programming, just couple of main classes or methods. From time to time a lot of good examples reg parallelism and associativity, but I'm not sure that we need this kind of deep math and algorithms here in current tasks. This course has academy level of understanding and not adapted for all kind of Software Engineers, etc.
By Aleh V•
Wrongly assumes that it'll be easier for students to jump from the conventional 'parallel' java paradigms and constructs to parallel streams.
Not a good job on explaining why. It'll require from students some efforts to create the right picture in their minds.
Exercises are great and partially make up for the above mentioned shortcomings.
Some example code is very bad and goes against all the 'good' things being taught by Martin in the first course of the specialization.
By Valerio M•
Interesting course, but far too short. It ends up giving a quick introduction to some of the aspects of parallel programming. I enjoyed the assignments, apart from last one where the difficulty was more about the context of the example than any parallel programming aspects. That example, extended, could be a good capstone project, but I think it was not appropriate as a course assignment. I prefer courses that follow a book, and this course didn't.
By Rachapong C•
This course is interesting like the 1st and 2nd course.
However, don't expect to receive any feedback or help in the forum like the first 2 courses. There is none.
I've completed the course for 12 days and yet my questions in the week 1 and 2 forums still haven't been answered at all. The question on the final assignment still haven't been answered either, so I'm still in the dark of how a part of my program was wrong.
By 家伟 陈•
Not friendly with beginners in Scala. You will be presented with tons of Scala code with minimal detailing on algorithms. Obviously the lecture expects you to be quite familiar with Java and Scala. And the lecture is not very informative either (at least for green hands in Scala). I found that the best way that works for me is to pause at each slide, study the code, and then go on to see what the lecture has to say.
By Sangam K•
I didn't like the last assignment. I didn't think there was much to learn there. I would've liked to implement more splitters and combiners. I did like the first 3 assignments very much. The lectures were pretty good, but I found myself loving some, and hating the others. I would've preferred more practical applications over theory. I think the lectures are un-necessarily math heavy.
By Hadrien H•
Content is good, less well polished than Odersky's courses though. Painful exercises with a lot of time spent on understanding the instructions instead of focusing on learning parallelism methods (especially the final assignment). Overall happy to have learnt from this, but clarity of assignments should be improved.
By Andy D•
In my view, this course was nowhere near as good as the earlier courses by Prof Odersky. The materials and pacing seemed all over the place - in some cases excessive time was spent going through quite trivial concepts, while elsewhere the course seemed quite rushed when looking at much more complicated ideas.
By Shad A•
This course could have been better in my opinion, if we could have exercise that would deal with the concepts in more detail. I felt myself involved deeply in understanding the problem statement, rather than practicing the concepts explained in the course.