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How to Code: Simple Data

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Learn the secret to writing well-tested and easy to improve programs, that will set you up to master any programming language

Start Date:Apr 12, 2019

Before you start

No programming experience required, but many experienced programmers take this course to become better programmers.

What you will learn

  • How to represent information as data
  • How to focus each part of your program on a single task
  • How to use examples and tests to clarify what your program should do
  • How to simplify the structure of your program using common patterns
  • Recognize and represent more complicated information

Overview

This programming course takes a unique approach, as it focuses on learning a systematic programming method rather than a programming language. This practical approach will help you channel your creativity so that you can program well in any language.

This course, part of the Software Development MicroMasters Program, presents a core design method with a focus on numbers, strings, images and lists.

You will learn techniques to:

  • Develop program requirements
  • Produce programs with consistent structure that are easy to modify later
  • Make your programs more reliable by building tests as an integral part of the programming process.

This course concludes with the design of a simple interactive game.

Learners who enroll in the Verified track will receive staff grading for the course project and increased interaction with the instructor and staff.


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"I have taken and completed tens of MOOCs on programming and computer science, I have even been and I am currently a TA in some of these courses. Among them are a few that deserve without hesitation the highest rate. But if I had to choose only one at the top of them it would be these two courses on systematic program design." - edX Learner

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"I have taken and completed tens of MOOCs on programming and computer science, I have even been and I am currently a TA in some of these courses. Among them are a few that deserve without hesitation the highest rate. But if I had to choose only one at the top of them it would be these two courses on systematic program design."
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