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Ask HN: Best courses you took?
17 points by nitishmd on May 8, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 11 comments
What are some courses that you took and thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot? May be its mooc, open courseware, openly available university courses. If you can post links that would be great.

If you haven't had much functional programming experience I can't recommend Dan Grossman's Programming Languages class on Coursera enough.[0] You go through three languages in the course, Racket, ML, and Ruby.

[0] https://www.coursera.org/course/proglang

Alain Fournier's CS 414 (computer graphics) at University of British Columbia.

He tried to give me 110% in the course but said the silly mainframe wouldn't accept the value.


Oh my, I had no idea he died of lymphoma 15 years ago.

I really enjoyed Stanford's Startup Engineering course on Coursera. There are no open sessions, but I believe you can still access the content.

Here is the link:


Finite Automata on Coursera. Jeff Ullman actively participates in the discussion forums and he [along with Aho] literally wrote the book.


It is typically offered once a year in the late fall.

[Caveat] The course appeals to me for the same reason TAoCP does: it is conceptually rich and no holds barred...by which I mean that technical detail isn't withheld for the sake of infotainment, and as a result it shows me how little I know by exposing the depth of possible human understanding.

Second this. Although a bit dry at times, Professor Ullman's course was very thorough in terms of content - another cool note, he was Sergey Brin's Ph.D advisor.

I'm taking a course on Angular and it's been one of my favorite experiences so far with online learning.

The link is: https://watchandcode.com/

Discrete Optimization with Pascal Van Hentenryck on Coursera - https://www.coursera.org/course/optimization

It doesn't look like there's any open sessions now.

Shriram Krishnamurthi's Programing Languages course (CS1730): http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs173/2012/

How does this course compare to coursera's Programming Languages?

I have not (yet!) taken Dan Grossman's course, so I can't compare them - sorry.

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