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About the Course

This course will introduce students to the basics of the Structured Query Language (SQL) as well as basic database design for storing data as part of a multi-step data gathering, analysis, and processing effort. The course will use SQLite3 as its database. We will also build web crawlers and multi-step data gathering and visualization processes. We will use the D3.js library to do basic data visualization. This course will cover Chapters 14-15 of the book “Python for Everybody”. To succeed in this course, you should be familiar with the material covered in Chapters 1-13 of the textbook and the first three courses in this specialization. This course covers Python 3....
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Mar 12, 2018

The course is great... You can definitely learn many things... Was kind of hard for me and i went many times back and forth through most of the lectures... However i think i learn many new things....


Sep 23, 2020

I love that this course builds on top of previous ones so you can see it all coming together.

I recommend this course for everyone who's willing to expand the scope of their skills in programming

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By Qian H

Jun 19, 2017

Simple and what we need to do is just use the sample code.

By Jack T

Mar 2, 2017

Would've liked for assignments to be more independent.

By Sourabh S

Nov 21, 2018

Should Challenge more in terms of quiz and Assignment

By offer s

Dec 27, 2015

Course is interesting, but tasks are way too easy.

By Dolar G

May 30, 2019

Good course for beginners, more theoretical

By cheting c

Jan 17, 2018

Assignment could be a lot more challenging.


Jan 7, 2018

I'd rather program more than just be a user

By Chao C

Sep 6, 2016

Would be better if have harder assignment.

By Srdjan J

Jul 7, 2021

Assignments were too easy for this level.

By Lucas T L

May 1, 2021

It is not quite what I was looking for.

By Mark H

Nov 26, 2018

Not as in-depth as the other modules.

By Christophe L G

Jan 14, 2016

Nice course but not enough exercices

By Ayodeji A

Jun 22, 2018

Not as clear as the first 3 courses

By Humza A

Jan 1, 2017

Assignments were way too simplistic

By Douglas O

Mar 20, 2017

I work seemed a little too light.

By Esron D d S

May 27, 2016

It have low practice exercises.

By Jeff S

Dec 28, 2015

Could use more hands on coding

By Amit P

Feb 11, 2017

was expecting more on this.

By Jean E

Mar 28, 2016

Good but for beginners

By Jae N

Aug 7, 2020

A little simplistic

By yassine k b

May 31, 2020

ca va aller ...

By Weerachai Y

Jun 27, 2020


By Audrey D

Oct 24, 2020

Disclaimer: I did not finish the course. I decided after week 2 to use a different course to learn about Databases and Python.

While I value the availability of this kind of courses for free, I just did not like the style of teaching of Mr Severance. I have a hard time watching 15+ minute videos after a full day of work already in front of the computer, when the teacher does not go straight to the point or make clear sentences (if a deaf person was reading the transcript, they would be struggling to follow).

I am just not that interested in the history and how people did databases before etc., but I don't criticise that, some people might be interested. However I think that stretching a simple concept over more than 10 minutes is not helping students to grasp what is going on.

On the other hand, I liked having cheap access to the book because it was faster to read about a subject than to sit for 15 minutes in front of the video, skipping ahead, trying to guess where the important bits are.

Plus, running us through a code that the teacher doesn't write as he explains is not a good way to engage. As a student you think that you understand, but you'd be hard pressed to write that code if asked.

So that's why I decide to go for a more interactive approach to learning, with lots of examples.

By Alan M R

Jan 9, 2018

As an experienced programmer, I am unimpressed. The assignments cover a good set of tools; classes and databases. I would have introduced classes much earlier to emphasize critical coding habits of productive programmers: modularity and reusability. Unfortunately, classes seem to be included here as an afterthought. They are introduced in week 1 and never seen again. Inheritance is mentioned but not explored and an important documentation feature is ignored. The lectures extoll the wonder of SQL but don't even mention outer joins. In later examples, databses are used to house data; but that data is extracted to Python variables with simple queries, where it is manipulated with Python. Programming exercises consist of running his poorly written code and posting results for peer review; students are instructed to grade leniently. Overall, the presentation looks rushed and unpolished. Example code looks like it was hobbled together until it worked and never edited for clarity. If someone I cared about wanted examples of good programming, I would tell them to avoid this.