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Programming Methodology

By Mehran Sahami

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This course is the largest of the introductory programming courses and is one of the largest courses at Stanford. Topics focus on the introduction to the engineering of computer applications emphasizing modern software engineering principles: object-oriented design, decomposition, encapsulation, abstraction, and testing. Programming Methodology teaches the widely-used Java programming language along with good software engineering principles. Emphasis is on good programming style and the built-in facilities of the Java language. The course is explicitly designed to appeal to humanists and social scientists as well as hard-core techies. In fact, most Programming Methodology graduates end up majoring outside of the School of Engineering

Customer Reviews

Best Course You'll Find

This professor is just a gifted teacher, plain and simple. He grasps the concepts fully and completely, and explains them from the ground up in a way that's both interesting and totally understandable. You don't have to sit and study and try to decipher what he's talking about; you just sort of watch and learn. Orders of magnitude better than anything else I've found on beginning programming.

The only complaint I've got is that the video/audio is fairly poor. Often you have to wait for the right camera angle to be able to see the projector clearly enough to read it, and the audio is bad enough to be irritating after a while. It's totally workable (it is from '08 after all), and better than a lot of other courses on iTunes U. If they re-recorded in HD with better mics though it would be wonderful.

If you're looking to get into programming, start here.

After years of searching..this is IT

I have wanted to learn Java programming since 1997 but could never find the "right" learning material until now. Although he does talk very fast, he is completely thorough. I also love how he uses real life examples to explain tough concepts. This man was born to teach computer science. If only he was around years ago! Needless to say, I highly recommend these videos!


Everything I've watched so far I learned in my AP Computer Science class. Mehran's approach is a lot more "noob friendly" than how it's taught in High School