Why is Scheme so Useless? (Scheduling for Telebears, Part III–EECS)

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Programmers begin to be broken down in new ways by Lisp, then recover easily and dominate everything, leaving Cog Sci majors and people who hate programming (me) in the dust, only to be crushed by upper division projects. The EE people grow to hate the sight of computers and are ready to smash them by week ten. This is your destiny.

See what students are saying about the EECS profs…

CS 61A
Brian Harvey, MWF 2-3, 1 Pimentel
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)Simply Scheme - 2nd Edition: Introducing Computer Science
“You should have programming experience before taking this class…This class opens up lots of different perspectives about programming…you should have programming experience before taking this class….Pretty dry, but then the entire course can be so…you should have programming experience before taking this class.”
(Sorry for the repetition, we’re just angry at not following that advice.)

CS 61B
Paul Hilfinger, MWF 1-2, 120 Latimer
Pragmatic Unit Testing in Java with JUnitHead First Java, 2nd Edition
“It’s a rite of passage. People learned to program in that class…out of all my classes, this is the one that taught me the most… His style is “I’ll throw you into the middle of the ocean, and let you drown awhile, then I’ll come and get you out.”…his lectures are boring and become abstract nonsense…Takes pride in getting people to drop his class.”

CS 61C
Mike Clancy, MWF 3-4, 2050 VLSB
The  C Programming Language (2nd Edition)Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Third Edition (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) (The ... Series in Computer Architecture and Design)
“Clancy is not the most organized professor out there. The whole walking barefoot thing is kinda distracting too…He’s an archetypal 70’s nerd teaching in the 21-st century…he’s a good lecturer if you can get past his Urkel voice…Projects were not too hard but for some reason he gave out online quizzes on things that he has not lectured on yet.”

Electrical Engineering 20
Babak Ayazifar, TuTh 1230-2, 105 Stanley
Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems
“Hardest Prof. I have ever had at Berkeley… challenged me to the limits and beyond…He is funny, helpful and unusually clear and I say unusually because EE classes are hard to understand…He’s brilliant, articulate, personable, and an excellent lecturer. Truly one of the best. BONZAI!”

Electrical Engineering 40
Connie Chang-Hasnain, MWF 1-2, 277 Cory

“Worst ever. hard to understand, goes off topic a lot…she sucks ruined my eecs expirience…horrible…Powerpoint slides which failed to teach anything at all. Teaching gradually improved and became clearer towards the end…worst teacher, if you want to call her that, I ever had.”

Electrical Engineering 42 & Electrical Engineering 100 (TuTh 8-930, 10 Evans) Bernhard Boser
Electric Circuits (8th Edition)
“Really terrible. It’s incredibly hard to extract useful information from his unorganized lectures…envelope…useless lectures. He ends up on tangents that no grad student would understand…gets angry when his class does badly on his poorly written exams.”

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