Ratings for Hellerstein, J M
Based on 23 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I remember my time with Joe. Anyway, 186 is supposed to be a "useful" class. Databases are pretty much rampant in the world now, so it would be a good idea to familiarize oneself with them. However, this class is not the best way to do that. Hellerstein as a lecturer seemed fairly underprepared. I never really got the feeling that the course was headed anywhere, it just seemed so meandering. Some of the projects were pretty cool as others have expressed, however the d3 one was completely pointless. Piazza was pretty helpful for this course. I'm not sure if that was due to the students or due to Hellerstein himself, but I pretty much abused it to get the projects done. The exams were pretty whatever. All in all this class was pretty whatever. I at least learned how SQL works!
Submitted April 29th, 2016
Submitted May 24th, 2015
Comment: I'm feeling very meh about this class. The material is "useful," especially since databases are used everywhere, but it's just not taught in an engaging way. Lectures were not always clear and were quite boring. It was also apparent several times that Hellerstein hadn't gone over the lecture beforehand - he'd get tripped up over something and he'd have to pause and think about it. The assignments were also pretty useless. To be clear: the class is very easy and light-workload. But I learned almost nothing from the assignments. Just about the only useful assignment was where we got to practice SQL. The tests were very straight-forward, but this meant they were also somewhat nitpicky (easy to mess up a calculation for).
Submitted May 16th, 2015