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What were your programming classes like?

Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:37 AM

I took 3 out of 4 years of a Computer Science degree at a local University (I ran outta money and ended up with a general studies degree). I know I didn't finish the Computer Science program, but I did take all the programming courses.

I can't imagine that they were normal-at least I hope they're not. After 3 years I'm still left with the feeling that I learned essentially nothing. The whole program was screwed up.

My programming teacher embodied the "do whatever works" principle. He'd assign a project and we were basically left to Google how to do it. Turn it in and if it did what he wanted, you'd get an 'A'. Turn in anything, and you'd get a 'C'.

I am unfortunately a very linear thinker and object oriented programming does not come easy to me without guidance-which we didn't get. Left to my own devices I'll make a single thousand line file that works, but is a nightmare to try to read. I know I should be able to figure it out, but for $500 a credit hour I don't think a bit of instruction was too much to ask for.

Anyway, what were your programming courses like? Did they teach you the correct way to write a program? Did you do GUI's or just console apps? Ever touch MVVM?

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Re: What were your programming classes like?

Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:56 AM

I have had a lot of different programing teachers and yes there have been one or two that took the approach you mentioned however that has not been the norm. I took a class teaching design patterns using java to make android apps. talk about learning curve trying to learn android API/development environment at the same time as commonly used or just brain twist fun design patterns. I worked my tail off and got a C than retook the class during the accelerated summer term and worked my tail off again and got a C+ lol learned a lot though. from all my time in school I do kinda feel like all my knowledge is super generalized. for example I am familiar with 7 programing languages but I do not feel fluent in any of them. I'm hopping to remedy that this year(thats what I said last year). I have learned a lot from school but at the same time I can see that until I sink my teeth into a project of my own or get a job where I get to be paid to sink my teeth into somebody else's project I will never get that knowledge and skill depth in any one area. I'm sorry it sounds like your experience with school thus far has been not that wonderful.
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Re: What were your programming classes like?

Posted 08 June 2015 - 04:38 PM

My programming education went as follows

intro. comp sci --> intro. C/C++ --> data structures --> algorithms ---> low level C (systems) ---> embedded C ---> OS programming ---> network programming ---> graphics programming ---> android programming


I think that was it, but to be honest, it was hard af, but I learned a lot
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Re: What were your programming classes like?

Posted 09 June 2015 - 10:45 AM

I had 1 programming class in college and 1 programming teacher in college. It went like this

Ask professor a question -> Professor says to Google it -> pay the school $36,000 -> Read a "Learn to program in 30 days" book -> Use what I learned from the book in everyday situations.
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Posted 25 June 2015 - 09:57 AM

I'm only in highschool, and my school doesn't offer many computer related classes, but I had an awesome opportunity to take an online Java programming class, and although the content itself was very poorly written, and somewhat outdated, it was a ton of fun to be able to take a class and spend an hour of school learning about something I love. (Even though most of the time I had to go on YouTube to figure out what the lessons were trying to tell me.) :smartass:
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Posted 25 June 2015 - 10:06 AM

The problem I had with programming classes is that I already knew some programming by the time I took them. So half the class I spent actually correcting their bugs when they had some. They would be showing some code to the class, run it, hit bug, scratch head and I would have to raise hand, point out bug and then they would thank me.

Yes, I was a mentor even back then. :D
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Re: What were your programming classes like?

Posted 25 June 2015 - 10:14 AM

I echo Martyr2's sentiments. I didn't get a lot out of programming classes because I could program by that point. I always found the theory and math classes to be more beneficial, as I learned new concepts and problem solving techniques to incorporate into my CS studies.
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Posted 05 July 2015 - 02:26 PM

Hello i understand where your coming from when it comes to object oriented programming some can be more challenging than other syntax. In addition i got my 4 year degree in software engineering the first two years were all gen eds i completed those quickly no real problems. The last two years was when the real work began since i knew basically nothing in IT and software at the time i was a newbie in a class of 10 all dudes of course and over time i realized how awesome programming is and how rewarding the disciple can be.

The classes were tough out of all 10 guys i was the one who didst have a background in IT it was embarrassing but i stuck it out and went through my courses and made new friends along the way and learned from them as well as the professors. Some classes were challenging others not so much each professor had his or her take on the curriculum that was handed out to us. The programming classes were the most fun that is where we as a team and group collaborated the most on assignments and projects. This was the time to shine and program and show the rest of the class what i was capable of in programming. But it was not perfect i had my struggles in certain classes for example operating systems and software architecture these classes were the most difficult to me.

Overall out of the 10 guys including myself that started i was one of the last 5 guys who made it through the whole program. :smartass:/>/>

here is the program i took at the University of Phoenix

CIS/207 Information Systems Fundamentals
PRG/211 Algorithms Logic Computer Programming
ENG/211 Technical Writing Fundamentals
MTH/219 College Algebra
MTH/220 Advanced Algebra
POS/355 Operating Systems
WEB/240 Web Design Fundamentals
MTH/221 Discrete Mathematics
BSA/310 Business Systems
BSA/375 Business Systems Development
CMGT/410 Project Planning & Implementation
DBM/380 Database Concepts
CMGT/400 Information Assurance & Security
NTC/362 Fundamentals of Networking
PRG/420 Java Programming 1
CMGT/445 Application Implementation
BSA/335 Intro to Software Engineering
CSS/422 Software Architecture
POS/408 .NET 1
POS/409 .NET 2
PRG/421 Java Programming 2
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Re: What were your programming classes like?

Posted 08 July 2015 - 06:51 PM

As far as programming I have only taken one class that is currently in it's last couple of weeks, however, I have already completed all the programming assignments for it. Thanks to the help of some of the members on this site guiding me in the right direction on a few of the assignments I have 100's on almost everything.

My class is an online one, however, learning wise, this class was just you learn as much as you make yourself learn. Thought I could have bought the book studied it myself and still understand the same amount as I do with or without the class. The teacher was very difficult to communicate with and did not help with any of the problems that you were having. The only plus is that if the code wasn't a 100 grade he let you revise and resubmit it.
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