6.090 Building Programming Experience: A Lead-In to 6.001

As taught in: January IAP 2005

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Benjamin Vandiver

Course Features

Course Highlights

The course is offered during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) - a special 4-week term that runs the full month of January.

Course Description

This course will serve as a two-week aggressively gentle introduction to programming for those students who lack background in the field. Specifically targeted at students with little or no programming experience, the course seeks to reach students who intend to take 6.001 and feel they would struggle because they lack the necessary background. The main focus of the subject will be acquiring programming experience: instruction in programming fundamentals coupled with lots of practice problems. Lots of programming required, but lots of support provided.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .class, .java, .scm, .tex, .zip.