Jun 08, 2017
The sessions where clearly explained and focused. Some of the exercises contained slightly confusing hints and information, but I'm sure those mistakes will be ironed out in future iterations. Thanks!
Apr 10, 2017
Great introduction to spark. Fun assignments. Since it was the first ever session, there were quite a few kinks with the assignments. But the discussion forums rescued me any time I was stuck.
創建者 Korbinian K•
Oct 10, 2017
I really liked the lectures and the good and fun explanations by the instructor. However, I found the assignments over complicated with unnecessary machine learning concepts involved. I think a course about Spark should be about core Spark ONLY and applications to machine learning should happen in a separate course.
創建者 Andre H•
Aug 05, 2017
The material of the fourth week is quite dense, this could be split over two weeks (including splitting it into two exercises). The exercise of the fourth week is quite a dissatisfying experience, there is too little detail in the error messages about what failed for students to improve their solution.
創建者 Vesa P•
Jul 03, 2017
I learned a lot and the lectures were good.
The feedback from the automatic grader was sometimes absolutely awful. Cache an RDD in the main -> grader does not execute main -> OOM exception with no stack trace. I guess it prepares you for real life since EMR Spark also has absolutely useless log output if you go OOM.
Thank goodness for forums.
創建者 Aleksei M•
Apr 19, 2017
The selection of content is very good. Yet, the course requires solid amount of polishing. I had a feeling that the real teaching started only in the 4th week, with lots of walking around the subject in the beginning. Worth to mention that in contrast to the first 3 courses in Scala specialisation this one is very heavy on visual aspect. You actually have to see the picture, as the voice channel just references it.
I can certainly recommend this course to people curious about data analysis. If you have had some experience and would like to try Spark or get better at it, then probably a good book can save your time.
創建者 Virginija D•
Aug 07, 2017
Too entry-level after the first two much more challenging courses by M. Odersky.
創建者 Tom C•
Apr 05, 2017
Good information, but a little rough around the edges, possibly due to being its first time out of the gate. Should be amplified with additional weeks of topics, e.g. on Spark Streaming, etc.
The Grader often returns opaque errors ("The Grader Failed"), when the actual problem was that the program ran out of memory or out of disk space. Grader can reject solutions, e.g. on the last assignment, if the programmer uses a different rounder implementation that returns subtly-different results, though the results print out as the same to the rounded degree of precision.
The Grader should be written to accept results that are "acceptably close" to the desired result, e.g. if the desired result is 34.1, to accept perhaps numbers between 34.099 and 34.101 -- perhaps consult with other course-runners for best practices here.
It might be helpful if the course provided a quick intro to running the assignments on DataBricks.
Good first effort.
創建者 Nikita V•
May 11, 2017
I guess it's a goo introduction course into Apache Spark. Meantime I would expect deeper dive into optimizations and algorithms.
創建者 Horia R•
Apr 05, 2017
The course was interesting but it was clear that it is the first iteration. The course seems rushed, there are not very clear explanations on certain areas. Mostly, I had problems completing the assignments based on what I've learned during the lectures.
The previous courses had difficult assignments and you had to think about how you wanted to do something, here the problem was using the Spark API and understanding things which weren't explained in the lectures. Also, not all the areas of the assignments were described.
I am sure the course will become better in time.
創建者 Allen S•
Jul 11, 2017
It's a good course with still some room for improvement. Some lectures are too long and lack dynamism. The code of the assignments is surprisingly un-Scala-ish (var and for loops) for a Scala Specialisation course.
On the plus side we get a very good understanding of the basics of the Spark engine, the different APIs and the SQL module with hands on practice and a forum, all the benefits of a Coursera MOOC.
It's a good start for those who want to learn about Spark with Scala.
創建者 Harold O•
Apr 16, 2017
This is a really excellent course. It deals with difficult content clearly, thoroughly and at a good pace. I would now be happy to use Spark in my work and feel I have a strong base to go on to further study. The exercises are well conceived covering fairly realistic use cases and are of about the right complexity. BUT, the feedback from the automatic grading really lets it down.
The auto grading tests are at too high a granularity, each test tests too many things. They give cryptic errors such as '<some random element> is empty'. You have no idea why the element is empty as the students are given a different dataset to the one tested on. Moreover, the failed tests are invariably nothing to do with learnt course content, but trivial rounding/formatting errors. The forums are a lifesaver, but I still spent a good two weekends working on bugs once I'd got the assignments 70% right. I would not recommend to a completist!
All the same, thanks to Heather for the wonderful work she's done putting it together and the excellent lectures she gives.
創建者 Aaron S•
Jun 04, 2017
Very average. Lectures could be a fraction of their current length, too much time spent rephrasing the same point (sometimes 3+ times!). It was driving me nuts, my mind would wonder if I didn't focus. It would be nice to have local tests that incrementally check progress similar to Andrew Ng's Machine Learning coursera.
創建者 Gian U L•
May 07, 2017
In the assignments, I had the feeling that the goal was more "guess what they want" than "write it correctly using what you have learnt". Stating more clearly the requirements and improving error messages from the grader may help.
創建者 Lance F•
Mar 27, 2017
This course took a lot of work to create. I would have like more quizzes during the lectures and the assignments to have walk through the steps more. The best course I have seen online is the Machine learning course by Andrew Ng. https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning/home/welcome.
I did really enjoy the course. Thank you.
創建者 Sam Z•
May 03, 2017
good: the concepts and on-hands skills taught by the course are good.
bad: the assignments. you cannot complete them just by following the course material, forcing you to waste quite a lot of time either: (1) learning from other sources; (2) looking for answers on the forum; or (3) brute forcing an answer till rage quitting :)
another bad point: the course is supposed to be focused on spark & big data analysis but it has 1-2 lectures (around 40-60 mins) pretty much devoted to showing some SQL. << this could be summarized to around 10-20 mins and/or give a link to quickly learn/try to some other source.
創建者 Rafael G•
Mar 31, 2017
The material in this course is very interesting. However, there were a few important issues:
Lots of typos in the slides
Lots of problems with the assignments
At the end, I feel like a beta-tester (it would be OK if it was clearly stated and if we had a discount).
It could also be nice to add 1 or 2 weeks to this course.
創建者 Yann L M•
Mar 19, 2017
Lectures are great. Explanation are very clear. Assignment was having issue like incorrect and/or vague reporting which made them needlessly painfull. I'm quite sure that the next iteration of this course can get a 5 star rating, but for now, it's only 3.
創建者 Luis V•
Oct 01, 2017
Good course but with many outdated concepts (mostly valid for Spark 1.x) and some pitfalls. Need many improvements, actualization and some reshaping in the distribution of the topics and sessions of the course. The topics left for the last week are some of the most important and central in current Spark 2.x and they include at least as many fundamental concepts as the rest of the course.
創建者 Aaron H•
Jan 23, 2018
Instructor was good and knew what she was talking about. The assignments were also good, but the grading was weird. Spent a lot of time try to figure out the unwritten requirements that would make Coursera's tests pass.
創建者 Kyle J•
May 22, 2019
Pretty good, but one of the assignments was poorly set up. Some of the provided code was broken and it was very hard to debug.
創建者 Vladyslav S•
May 06, 2017
Relatively decent video lectures, if not that blurry which makes text hard to read. Accompanied with awful practice lessons: - code templates are written with little to no style, even file reading is done in 3 different ways in all 3 lessons; - grader output is very confusing and almost useless; - unit tests, very useful to avoid some common caveats, were present in the first lesson, disappear completely in the last one.
Probably following spark's programming guide is better time investment, even if it misses some "humanity" of video lectures
創建者 Owen N•
Apr 09, 2017
Course material was pretty good, but the lectures were hard to watch. Lots of editing problems, and blurring on the text (gave me a headache several times). Would rate higher if the videos were improved.
創建者 Mikołaj J•
Jun 05, 2017
So many mistakes in the slides. Coding exercises are so hard to comprehend, it's tough to know what you are trying to achieve. I have already done a course in spark, this was supposed to be just refresher, but now I'm just confused...
創建者 José F•
Apr 18, 2017
a let down and not up to par with other courses in the series.
Huge amount of time is wasted bsically repeating that the API is close to scala collections'. The huge amout of time is wasted again on very simple dataframe APIs including several slides presenting the show() function. Allow me to repeat : several slides presenting the show() function.
Finally the assignments are unimaginative and mechanical. The desciption is really confuse and most of the time is spend trying to chase small differences away to please the grader.
The sole part of the course that seemed interesting was the shuffling one, that was unfourtunately ignored on the assignments
Not related to the course but to spark: What utter mess are dataframes and datasets filled with boilerplate type conversions and runtime erros. I shy away in disgust form this untyped IDE-unfriendly monstruosity.
創建者 Bulat S•
May 19, 2018
The course is too basic.
創建者 Dan O•
Mar 25, 2017
Slow videos repeating several times the same thing (not a pedagogical / "good to fix an idea" kind of repetition), which makes them hard to follow.
However the worst are the exercises: the first time after 3-4 other Coursera Scala related courses where I have to actively check the forums for minute details about what is expected / implied for the solutions to pass the grading.
Things like what to do when updating the kmeans and you have duplicates, subtle differences between average and mean, etc. ...
In all other courses the expectation of the exercises were sufficiently clear and straight forward that I never had to check the forums to solve them.
Also, the code style of the exercises is literally an anti-pattern in idiomatic Scala, against everything learnt in the previous Scala courses: "var" all over the place, low level loops like in C or Java, etc. ...