COM SCI 143

Database Systems

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Alfonso Cardenas Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness
He's an okay professor. He has a somewhat soft voice, so if you sit in the back, you might not...
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Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.3

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He's an okay professor. He has a somewhat soft voice, so if you sit in the back, you might not hear him. He tends to read off slides, so it might be boring at times. A lot of the material can be done through reading, which is based on a book he wrote himself. If you have a good TA, then it will be helpful to understand the material. His exams and homework are really not that hard, so if you just do the reading, you should be able to get a decent grade.

Junghoo Cho Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 1.9 Easiness 1.6 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
Great lecturer and great lecture notes. First project was easy; second project was...
Fall Quarter 2015
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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Great lecturer and great lecture notes.

First project was easy; second project was difficult.

Did well on the exams, but really messed up on the second project.

Overall, would recommend the class because I did learn a lot from the lectures. Would really recommend starting very early on the second project. There's minimal tests given for each of the early parts, so you'll likely spend a ton of time debugging when you think you have your finished project.

(Fall Quarter 2015)
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Tyson Condie Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
He's not the greatest lecturer at UCLA, but the material is presented in an easy-to-understand...
Winter Quarter 2015
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Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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He's not the greatest lecturer at UCLA, but the material is presented in an easy-to-understand manner. His slides are really good.

I thought one of the best parts of the course were the "bunnies" -- mini-quizzes worth nothing that gave concrete examples to in-class material. Condie went through the examples in full depth, and that really helped out with understanding the material.

Most students ended up not attending class. It put those who did at a significant advantage. I would recommend attending class, if only to go through the bunnies and midterm in-depth.

(Winter Quarter 2015)
Carlo Zaniolo Full Profile > 2.3 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness
Class: I hear one complain (from other student) about expectation of going to this class that is...
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Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.8

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Class:
I hear one complain (from other student) about expectation of going to this class that is to learn MySQL ONLY. I can tell you right now that you did not just learn MySQL. You learn to write MySQL query better, setup database schema with various of I/O calculation and theory.

Professor:
He uses slides, and they are OUTDATED slide. Some of mysql on the slide does not work anymore on the newer version of MySQL. The essential query statement still is the same. He lecture alright, he could put you to sleep if you didn't follow him for one second; because he MUMBLES. However, it is strongly encouraged that you go to lecture, because the book DOES NOT do a good job at all. The textbook is one of bad textbook ever. You might misunderstand something in the text and you definitely will; therefore, it is better to go to class.

Projects:
The projects are connected dependently, meaning whatever you did wrong on previous project, you might did wrong again on the next one if you don't correct it.

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