How to Code: Simple Data

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Learn systematic program design to write programs that tell a clear story about what they do, are well-tested and are easy to improve.

MicroMastersSoftware Development
Course Format:Instructor-Led
Start Date:Apr 25, 2017

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 course takes a unique approach, focusing on a systematic programming method rather than restricting learners to any one specific programming language. This practical approach will allow you to apply your skills and creativity more widely and to program well in any language.

The course is part of the Software Development MicroMasters Program and 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.

Before you start

No programming experience required, but many experienced programmers take this course to become better programmers.
  • Instructor-Led: course contains assignments and exams that have specific due dates, and you complete the course within a defined time period.
  • Course ends: Dec 10, 2018

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Learner Testimonials

"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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