Web Application Architectures: Week 1, 2 & 3 recap

One of the courses on my Coursera watchlist started a few weeks ago, namely Web Application Architectures. As I’ve mentioned before, I wormed my way out of the Computer Science module on networking in my third year of university, so naturally that decision has come back around to bite me.

I took this MOOC to help fill in some of the blanks for me, and to brush up on Ruby on Rails. By brush up, I of course mean start basically from scratch, because the amount of RoR I crash coursed when I was doing a second year module in Databases has long since vacated my brain.

The MOOC has been very enjoyable so far – one of the highlights has been learning to use version control correctly. I’ll be creating separate posts for the various (mis)adventures I had just trying to get started with this MOOC, including installing Ruby on Rails, coding in the cloud and using BitBucket.

One of the things this MOOC has going for it is that there is no social requirement i.e. no mandatory discussion forum posting or peer assessments. The videos are informative, and the programming assignments have been a bit simplistic but with very good instructions. Overall, I am glad to be taking this course, and would have considered the Signature Track for it.

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