This is by far one of the best online-courses I have completed. Thumbs up, it was well worth my time and it will definitely help me on my never-ending journey of becoming a better software developer.
I'm a 13 year old 8th Grader from California. I loved this course and learned a lot! Thank you Mr.Schocken for putting together such a wonderful course! It was a thrill to finish the course finally!
por Ola M•
I do not know to be honest, but this course is definitely not for beginners. I liked the lecture also it took lot of time to understand , but the project was very difficult and I spent a lot of time in trying. I will complete another part of the course to be able to better define my opinion.
The difficulty design of coursework is unreasonable, and the difficulty span is large, which is unacceptable
por Anders P•
From Nand to Tetris part II is an incredibly valuable learning experience giving you the knowledge of all software layers, starting with assembly code all the way to high level code - essential for any professional application developer. Be aware, the work load of part II, in relation to part I, is massive. In my own experience, you'll need three times the time you used to complete part I. My three main suggestions for improving this course are; firstly, to shorten the video lecture, as subjects are repeated somewhat throughout the individual videos, secondly, decrease the weekly projects' scope - they are too massive risking to loose the student along the way, thirdly, provide more information from a single source on how to complete projects - information is currently spread throughout video lectures making it difficult to synthesise, while the information provided is too ambiguous. Having said this, my initial recommendation holds - And I wish you a pleasant experience with it!
My journey started with a game I bought a few months ago. In this game I had to construct some logic gates. I had no idea about these things and started searching the internet for information on the subject. First I landed on nandgames, an online logic gate creation game. And then I found this course. And this course is by far the best I have ever taken.
Building a computer from scratch with all the software and services, seeing all the beauty of the thoughts and ideas behind the machines and algorithms is a real eye opener. There is a lot of hard work to be done in this course, but at the end you have a very good idea of how computers work.
Many thanks to Simon and Noam for offering this course to anyone interested. Thank you for the expert presentation and all the tools and goodies you have created for Nand2Tetris. If there is a third part, I will get it immediately.
por Guo F•
A remarkable journey! This course covers a great deal of content, but the projects are well-paced and organized so I never lost the momentum.
The videos are very good company of the book as they give additional information about how to implement the modules.
The official website is also useful: http://nand2tetris-questions-and-answers-forum.52.s1.nabble.com/
I was really amazed and inspired by the Cool Stuff on the nand2tetris website. It shows how a simple language can do great things. But I also feel ignoring operator precedence is the most pitiful thing. Maybe it facilitates the implementation but that makes writing buggy Jack programs a lot easier.
Thank you Noam and Shimon.
por Christopher J L•
This is a fantastic course. It gives an in depth dive into computer science via an awesome case study - build your own computer! The pace is good for a user with intermediate experience with software. If you are a beginner with little experience, this course will be hard. The lecturers are very passionate and engaged and it makes for a wonderful learning experience. I would highly recommend doing both part 1 and part 2 of the Nand to Tetris course.
The grading interface could be better but the TA (Eytan) was highly responsive and patient, as well as informative. I think that the grading interface could be improved (output from the automatic grader), I'm not sure if this has been done already. But, this course is a real gem and definitely helps me understand the inner workings of computers, which is important for me as I come from a pure math background. Thank you!
por Daniel N•
This is by very very far the best (and most difficult) course I've ever taken- together with Nand to Tetris Part I. Part II requires much more effort and it took a long time for me but I cannot even begin to describe how fantastic of a journey it has been. It helped me in many different ways to become a better programmer. I'm very grateful for everyone who worked hard for this course to be available! Thanks so much!
por Steven G•
This is a brilliant and very challenging project oriented course. Even as a IT professional doing this course for fun the workload can be very demanding. Be prepared to work hard and for long hours to get through this course. But the tremendous feeling of accomplishment at the end makes it all worthwhile. I have not felt this way since my undergraduate days. Thank you for reigniting my passion.
por James T•
Absolutely phenomenal. One of the best and most instructive courses I've taken. This provided a much deeper understanding of computer internals than I'd previously had, and I'm shocked by how much ground was covered in this course. It took a lot of work, and while it is listed as 'beginner', I imagine it would be quite challenging to complete without having any experience programming.
por Vivek N•
By far the best MOOC I have taken - the focus on actual projects rather than simple quizzes keeps one continuously challenged.
The sense of accomplishment from building the entire stack of computing from ground up is really amazing.
The course instructors are great presenters and orators - there's no chance of getting bored - they bring great enthusiasm and passion into what they teach.
por Vinicius S•
This entire course honors what it claims. It has the ability to demystify computers and how they work. And that is great. The sense of accomplishment is enormous, a step forward for anyone studying in this field. It was a long, hard course, but it was worth it. I would like to thank Professors Noam Nisan and Shimon Schocken and all the staff and fellow students. Thank you!
por Yechen H•
This is a great course to a great amount of knowledge about the compiler and programming language, and get some knowledge about the operating system.
I would definitely recommend to anyone in the tech area to take this course and wish I had the chance to take this course early in my career. It would have provided me with great knowledge and understanding.
por AKASH Y•
Again a very good course. Even this course is a great one but I feel its not for beginners like Part1.Before opting for this course you should have a good knowledge of any programing language. Otherwise you will find it difficult to do some projects. But again the course shows you how the small pieces solve a big puzzle in efficient way.
por Xander L•
Absolutely superb. It's incredible how much ground is covered from start to finish, yet the design of the course, the languages and the computer itself are so elegantly conceived that the creators have achieved the seemingly impossible: to provide a deep understanding of every level of a modern computer system in 8 weeks. Thank you!
This course changed the way I think about programming and computers in many ways. Understanding and implementing the essential abstractions which make computers do their magic was one of the greatest learning experiences I ever had!
I'm thankful to the authors and they have all my respect for putting together such a great course!
por Sam S•
Excellent course. Very engaging projects and a big step up in difficulty / commitment from part 1. Anyone considering this course should likely have a basic knowledge of some programming language (Java, Python, whatever), as the compiler project will be a big challenge if you need to navigate a new language while completing it.
por Sijo X•
Best course aver done! the joy of building a general purpose computer from scratch. It was a tough journey for me but I enjoyed every bit of it. you will learn what happens inside the computer , how the compiler works. what role the OS do , and how we design a language. There is not better way to learn computer science.
por Robert S•
Easily the most challenging and reward course I've taken on Coursera. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning how computers work to take both parts of this course. Be willing to give 10-20 hours each week to work on the programming projects, I was grateful for the extra buffer week to finish up my work.
por Finlay H•
Incredible course, automating testing could have been improved (more coverage of tests and more rigorous tests). However, I don't believe that was the point of the course or important in what was being taught. It has changed the way I view computer science and I have found it truly insightful.
por Dan E•
Some issues along the way where certain things were a bit non-obvious with what was expected of the projects or otherwise would have liked to be able to exchange messages with the instructors on some key questions and issues. But the content is great and I am happy with what I learned.
por foad v•
Just as the first part of the course the second course is equally interesting. So much information to learn from this course yet taught in a very student friendly, intuitive and interactive way. Doing the programming exercises makes this course even more exciting. Check it out!
por Egon R•
Absolutely amazing. Learnt more about hardware design and compilers in these two courses then back in the university. And additionally made a childhood dream of mine come more then true - building a computing system at my own (heck, i even got a compiler and OS as a bonus!)
por Kelly L•
Learning about virtual machines, translators, parsing, syntax analysis, building a high level language compiler, building operating system libraries. A challenging course and very rewarding to complete and come away with a deeper understanding of computer architecture.
por Mark V M•
This was a great course which tied together so many loose ends for me. E.g., I knew that OO languages would add a hidden "this" parameter, that compiling would get rid of symbols, that malloc worked with a heap, but now I REALLY know how all that works.