Mar 11, 2018
Great course, a very broad and in-depth overview of concepts surrounding cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin in particular. Would be great to have an update of course; perhaps once the ICO craze is over? (-:
Dec 23, 2017
I've gained a strong knowledge of Bitcoin's architecture but wish this course was updated to include the developments of the last two years. A few lectures on alt-coins would have been useful as well.
por Clément M•
Jul 31, 2019
Great introductory class. It is very clear, and teacher was wise to give his opinion only in the last lecture. Even though this class took place in 2015, it already spoke about Ethereum and Ripple which are now widely used and recognized, strengthening trust in the opinion and skills of the teachers.
Programming exercices could be redone because a lot of time is passed trying to guess the logic of the code instead of having a practical understanding of blockchain technologies.
por Shannon W•
Oct 08, 2019
It's a bit dry but thorough.
por Cathryn S•
Nov 19, 2017
A good general introduction to bitcoin, and blockchain technology. Unfortunately, this is a very fast moving area and so a course which hasn't been updated since 2015 is fairly out of date now. However, the basic ideas haven't changed so that's valuable. The thinking about where bitcoin, and block chain technology in general, are heading, has moved on a lot - we've had hard forks, bitlicenses were introduced, and the value of a bitcoin topped $8000 this week.
I'm not a software engineer, so I didn't do the programming assignments, just watched the videos and read around the topic. That worked well, and to some extent the fact that it is so out of date means that I was forced to go and look stuff up, which meant I learned more.
por Pablo A B•
Jul 19, 2017
Needed a Certificate of Accomplishment to be really worthy
por Eugene T•
Sep 08, 2017
It was very hard to figure out what is required to complete assessment tasks.
I did't find much correlation between lectures and practical tasks.
por Angel G•
Mar 11, 2018
It's a good course to get a grip on the fundamentals of cryptocurrency, beyond pure technology.
But the content must be updated, and practices are no well designed according to the flow of the course.
por Wai L L•
Nov 21, 2017
The course is good because it covers all areas about bitcon technology, block chain and decentralisation from the past to the future. The assignments are also very useful for enhance our understanding to the basic concepts and course materials. However, it would be better if slides can be shown for a longer time in the videos while instructors are explaining, since some of the students are not English native who may need more time to read the slides (without pausing the video). Thanks all instructors, mentors, and coursera staff for providing this high quality online course.
Sep 04, 2017
Some of the lectures provided interesting and useful content. Others seemed to just be filling time. I was hoping for more of a technical exploration of Bitcoin and other significant cryptocurrencies. This course focuses almost completely on Bitcoin. It also speaks to cryptocurrencies in general, but give no in-depth treatment to any other cryptocurrency. Although it was not what I had hoped for, I did appreciate the wide breadth of Bitcoin related topics. This course provides a significant amount of material to digest for anybody who wants to contemplate how cryptocurrencies and other uses of block-chain technologies might continue to impact our society.
The lab assignments were extremely disappointing. The first lab has enormous potential, but the instructions are awful. The second lab is an interesting idea, but the instructions are even worse than the first lab. I'm guessing that somebody's grad students were tasked with developing the lab assignments, and the second lab was left unfinished when a student decided to leave academia to take a job with Uber. The third lab did not add much to the course.
por Bryan B•
Apr 10, 2018
A little dated (2014) and not enough technical detail, coverage a little too broad. Java homework exercises are great, though
por Mark X•
Oct 23, 2017
i would like more practice, i.e., more programming assignment
por Telmo J P P•
Sep 10, 2017
A good introduction, but could be better. The assignments' code is poorly documented and the assignments themselves are not clear.
por Erik E•
Dec 10, 2017
Most lectures were good, but the assignments are terrible. None of the assignments comes with code comes with tests to run on your own computer, which means that you have to turn the code in to run it. This means that prints and asserts does not work and the only way I could debug was with exceptions. The assignments are poorly described as well.
por Jose M S M•
Jul 05, 2017
Good introduction to blockchain and cryptocurrency, simple and to the roots, to start to know.
por Serjey G I•
Mar 09, 2017
Nice course with troublesome assignments.
por Pietro D•
Jan 05, 2018
The course is great!
The teachers very prepared, but there are some things to change like, for example, the assignments (that are difficult and not consistent with the contents of the course) and some contents that, nowadays, are partly obsolete.
por Ivan G•
Jun 20, 2017
1 Very poor preparation of programming assignments
2 Poor preparation of video content (like switching to video from camera just to demonstrate laser pointer)
por Todd B•
Feb 27, 2017
Great overview of Bitcoin, solid foundation in Blockchain. This industry is fast moving so its a bit dated with its content -- for example, this was done before Ethereum so it is not mentioned at all. Needs to be updated. Plus -- no certificate dings it one more for me...
por Takahiro A•
Jan 14, 2017
Assignments would need to be improved...
por Kin M L•
Oct 22, 2017
the homework is not very well structured.
por Anthony G•
May 25, 2017
Great course material (although it does need a few updates), good lecturers, and gives a very good overview of how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general operate. The assignments however are of a difficulty level completely different to the lectures and quizzes! Much of the resources needed to complete assignments is not in the lectures or other source material, or is only hinted at but not explained in the necessary detail. Java programming experience is a must as non-trivial classes and code are provided as the starting point for assignments.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, but the assignments did not seem to be on par with the rest of the course material.
por Isaac Y•
May 21, 2018
I love the assignments (better than any other classes I knew) but the instructions and also helps weren't clear.
The materials are a bit out-dated. Some of the materials from Week 8 aren't useful.
por Stefano E C•
Mar 13, 2018
Contents are referred to 2014 status of bitcoin and of the related topics.
por Vivek S•
Jan 30, 2017
The course is comprehensive and covers technical, social, economic. legal aspects of Bitcoin. The technical treatment is hands on and gives a really good fell for how bitcoin and blockchain works compared to several other sources where treatment is superficial.
There are several parts of the course I was not able to get a clear understanding - such as implementation of the actual bitcoin core in the stack based script. Also I found the questions for the programming assignments convoluted and not very helpful in describing what is required from the student. Had it not been for discussions on the student forum I would not have been able to complete the final assignment.
Despite the shortcomings I would recommend this for someone who is good in Java and would like to get a technical as well as comprehensive understanding of cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
por Jonathan C•
Feb 14, 2017
It is difficult to complain too much about a free course, but I expected more from a course carrying the name Princeton. The videos were generally well done and interesting, but did contain factual errors almost every week.
Unfortunately the instructors were absent from the forums after a couple replies the first week. The homework assignments were disorganized, provided components contained errors, the grading system had problems and the requirements were often unclear. The assignments require Java programming experience (not mentioned in course description). Most importantly, the assignments in no way reflected what was taught in the course videos. They were of course related, but were implementing parts of a bitcoin node, but in a simplified manner. The textbook PDF is good.
It would have been nice to have assignments working with real bitcoin (or testnet) transactions, sigs, verification, hashing, etc.
Anyhow, I'm enthusiastic about this subject matter, so I'm just happy the course exists, but don't expect a glossy polished course... it's a rough ride.
Here is another Bitcoin course that looks good: https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/bitcoin-decentralized-technology
por Joseph L•
Oct 03, 2017
Interesting introduction to the subject matter. The assignments could use some refinement to make their goal a and the testing a little easier. There were also some errors in the economic analysis presented during the course.