Oct 09, 2016
Really good explanation by the instructor. Good assignments. The assignments gave a good insights into functional programming. I loved the way the problems were decomposed into neat smaller functions.
Aug 13, 2017
An excellent introduction to the concepts of functional programming that had the "side-effect" of getting me hooked on the language! (Even though the hipster in me really wanted to prefer Clojure.)
Jan 20, 2019
I find this course to be too academic. It's difficult enough to wrap your head around a new language and paradigme, there is no need to complicate things by using mathematical exercises and assignments. I'm sure this could have been done using much more common use cases and examples.
创建者 Tom Y•
Dec 27, 2018
The course was quite good all in all, and even though I'm already experienced with many of the aspects involved in software engineering in general and in functional programming in particular, I've followed it with much interest and gained some new perspectives. And it's been a great introduction to Scala (a language I had not written code in before).
The teaching is very good! Prof Odersky's explanations are very clear and go into the right level of detail, and the exercises and assignments are interesting and seem to be well thought out.
I personally would have liked the course to be deeper, both in explaining functional programming (e.g. the monad pattern) and in covering more advanced features of Scala (e.g. the less trivial parts of the type system), but I guess the given course is OK as an introduction and I can also go look for the stuff I'm missing in other courses and/or outside Coursera.
Two minor things that damaged the experience to a little extent and which I would recommend to improve for the future: 1. The technical introduction was good enough to get me started, but did not cover some problematic aspects which had me stuck for a long while (it was also very difficult to solve by googling, and a colleague of mine - who's also taking the course - ended up solving it by chance). Specifically I'm talking about worksheets not working properly unless created within a package directory, and for some things unless set to a certain mode of execution (non-REPL). Disclosure: I haven't looked for solutions in the course forums; it's possible that this was asked and answered, or that I could have asked and gotten an answer there. 2. The videos were poorly edited: some bits repeated, some clips were obviously recorded for a specific week number but then given in another week, some parts had obviously been there originally (and other parts referred to them) but then they didn't make the final cut... It's a pity that an otherwise very well made course suffers from such small technical problems, which, while not too grave, cause confusion and increase the mental load the learner has to cope with - which is already laden with challenging stuff - with such non-important and easily avoidable distractions.
创建者 David F•
Jan 14, 2019
The course in general is kind of theoretical. Some of the homeworks are fairly challenging. I found it a useful companion to the Programming in Scala book, which I'm working through at the moment.
创建者 Pere M B•
Jan 06, 2019
Really well explained, with thoughtful examples and labs that make your brain actually comprehend all the lessons.
创建者 Joe H•
Sep 05, 2018
Generally excellent! Reading around other online introductory resources the difference in clarity from the creator of the language, Martin Odersky in this course is very clear. I feel I have a good base to continue my learning from. To make it even better as an introduction I would have liked 3 things. Firstly more examples and exercises. along with the more challenging ones, more correct vs incorrect examples exercises, to reinforce the theoretical understanding that is so clearly present. This would translate more quickly into practical coding skills. Secondly some more tips on the development environment, specifically how to get the debugging tools working. Lastly, updating the code base to the lastest versions of Scala and SBT, so there are no deprecation warnings when building. Having said all that, I'm really happy to have found this course and excited now I've completed it to continue my learning of Scala.
Sep 29, 2017
Very interesting course, it totally changes your mindset from imperative programming. Basically it teaches you to think in terms of recursion instead of loops. Although some assignments can be difficult (and take several hours), they are helpful to understand the concepts and challenging as well so they keep you engaged to the course. Besides, the lectures are very clear and designed to give some hints on the assignments. Since Scala is based in Java, previous knowledge of Java is an advantage, but not a must. However, previous programming knowledge is a must in my opinion.
All in all, a very recommendable course to take.
创建者 Aneesh D•
Sep 23, 2017
A great course. Functional programming really is a different way of thinking about programming and this course does justice to all of its core concepts. The assignments are very well structured and teach all the best practices of the paradigm.
创建者 Darren B•
Aug 13, 2017
This course helped me significantly. There is very little in the way of AFFORDABLE Scala Education out there. This is a problem. There are endless educational resources for Python. Scala has a lot to offer programmers if only they knew where to find adequate educational Resources for Scala.
Make learning Scala easy enough for a 12 year old to learn and you will see it explode.
Make Scala, Easy ! Make Scala, Fun ! This is essential to opening the young minds interested in Computer Programming.
Why isn't there a native Graphic Scala Lib like Python's Tkinter?
Not everybody wants to be a "Big Data" Mining Engineer.
If Scala can produce graphics from the Java Swing library and experimental ScalaFX graphics lib, then isn't it time for Scala to have it's own native Graphic Library that is at the least as capable as Tkinter for Python.
There is no better feeling than the liberating emotion you get from creating programs, games and Apps on your own PC. Let the Power of Scala out.
Make it easy enough for Kids to learn and get out of the way!
创建者 Pritam B•
Sep 28, 2016
I have never worked with Scala before. But this course has not only given me, basic level introduction but also taught me advanced concepts and how to apply those concepts in real world problems.
创建者 Elena F B•
Jul 17, 2019
Great explanations and overall content. Challenging & precise exercises.
创建者 Will D•
Jul 16, 2019
创建者 Derian P T•
Jul 14, 2019
Instead of teaching Scala syntax, it focuses on teaching functional programming logic and conventions, which makes it a very challenging course. If you are looking for an introduction to Scala, this is not it.
创建者 Tamirlan O•
Jul 12, 2019
Good course for Scala beginners. It introduces primary concepts of FP and has interesting practical assignments
创建者 Andrei S•
Jul 12, 2019
Very deep knowledge about Scala! Big Thank you!
创建者 Edmond C•
Jul 10, 2019
This course really throws you into the deep end, but it was a great course and I have learned a lot about functional programming and Scala!
创建者 Krishna L•
Jul 09, 2019
Some of the lectures get into more detail than a beginner would be able to understand. Coming with 15+ years of traditional OOP in Java, I found myself getting lost in some of the content and had to supplement with other online tutorials. For many lectures, a good companion reading link with an option to try out the corresponding scala syntax (such as scala fiddle) would be beneficial.
创建者 Daniel F G O•
Jul 08, 2019
It's a nice introductory course to functional programming. More than Scala is a functional programming course. It allows students to learn how to use immutable objects
Jul 02, 2019
This course a must for a new programmer in Scala and experts that are new to Scala programming.
创建者 Ivan P•
Jun 29, 2019
The course was awesome, but some tasks(llike huffman encoding) are really hardcore. Also, there are not that much information on implicits
创建者 Hans P H•
Jun 28, 2019
Great assignments that was challenging enough.
创建者 Patrick S•
Jun 23, 2019
Excellent course for getting yourself familiar with the basics of Scala.
创建者 Miguel E S R•
Jun 23, 2019
Jun 22, 2019
Good stuff. Challenging, informative and learn from first priciples. The professor is rather experienced he knows his stuff. I recommend, try it out.
创建者 Amey J•
Jun 13, 2019
This is a remarkable course in which the creator of the Scala programming language not only teaches the language but also offers deep insights into the theory of programming and computer science.
创建者 Bright S•
Jun 10, 2019
Good explanations, but gets difficult fast! Several videos I had to watch multiple times.