I have been intrigued by these free MIT offerings for some time. I enjoyed several of their Astro Physics lectures. I have also been putting off learning Python and brushing up on Javafor about 6 months. I am an Electrical Engineer and do not consider myself a beginner programmer. However, I have no real course before in Object Oriented Programming. I did once teach a bunch of Cobol Mainframe programmer's OO in a Distributed Computing Environment. That was almost 17 years ago, and I am sure Java has changed.
I should do this as well. I could probably benefit from an introductory course, from a MIT view, to assure the proper structure. Of course, I will not need 3 or 4 lectures to understand loop constructs.
Don MarangThere is just so much stuff in the world that, to me, is devoid of any real substance, value, and content that I just try to make sure that I am working on things that matter.
Dean Kamen -------------------------------------------------- From: "Alex Midence" <alex.midence@xxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 9:55 AM To: "programmingblind" <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: Good resource for beginning programmers
Hi, folks, Thought I'd share this. I don't know how many of you may know this but MIT puts a bunch of their courses on a site that they make available to everyone called OCW which is short for Open Courseware. I've found a nice link in this site to their Introduction to Computer Science and Programming course which was taught in fall 2008. It's a whole semester's worth of lectures, assignments, readings and so forth. Most of us probably can't afford to take time off our jobs and attend MIT but, we can still get the benefit of some of their excelent curriculum this way. I think it beats just reading a book and learning that way. Posting the link below. The language they use for this course is Python. I'm actually planning to put c++ on pause for a while while I take this course as time allows since Python appears to be a much quicker way to learn programming. If anyone wants to join me for the occasional study session, e-mail me privately and we can help each other out from time to time. Probably watch two hours worth of lectures on a weekend night or something like that. And yes, if anyone's curious, they do have a c++ introductory course there but it's all lecture notes and pdf's. The lecture notes look like they don't do squat for you if you didn't attend class as really good lecture notes written by any self-respecting instructor should in order to motivate you to show up for class. The cs course with Python has all the bells and whistles short of truly being able to enroll and have the instructor available. Here is the link: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-00-introduction-to-computer-science-and-programming-fall-2008/ Regards, Alex M __________ View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind
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