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Re: Re: [codecrewny] Programming languages Coursera course.

From: Jamal
Sent on: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:56 AM

Hey Richard, thanks for your input. I actually just joined your group not long ago and am playing catchup now for the next meeting, which I think is on Scala.

The Coursera course does seem a little advanced for a complete beginner but if anyone is interested in checking it out I say go for it. For a good beginner's course I'm thinking those of us that are complete n00bs can work through Codecademy's JavaScript track and Eloquent JavaScript together. I actually just started it a few weeks ago but will be going back to do some of the lesson challenges and can help with any questions on the first three units.

If anyone is interested in doing this let me know.

- Jamal

On Jan 29,[masked]:38 AM, "Richard H" <[address removed]> wrote:

I am not a newbie but I was one in the fairly recent past, and I really like the idea of this group.

I am actually taking that Programming Languages course on Coursera. Although it has just started, it's in the middle of its second unit and it's moving quite fast, introducing major new concepts in each unit that will probably be unfamiliar to beginners (lists and recursion in the first, pattern matching in the second). It's definitely not for people who have no programming experience.

That said, it's totally awesome, it will give you an excellent intro to solid fundamental concepts of programming, and I encourage you to join. There's no penalty for checking it out for a week and deciding whether or not it's for you. If you have a lot of time on your hands and want to try to catch up, I would be available to answer questions about the first couple of homeworks.

Last but not least, shameless plug here: I run a Meetup called 7 Languages in 7 Months NYC ( We're on our third language now. Next meetup is this Wednesday. Beginners are more than welcome, although they are guaranteed to be confused. That's part of the game, though -- you're always going to be confused in this business. Your best hope is to find friendly people to be confused with.

- Richard

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