Thursday, September 27, 2012

110000110101000000 Students!

In the first programming quiz ever offered on Udacity, students were asked to write a program that prints the number of minutes in seven weeks. SPOILER: solution below!

print 7 * 7 * 24 * 60

Now, seven months after the first release of Dave Evans’ introductory computer science course (CS101), over 200,000 students have written this line of code. From such simple beginnings, these students have gone on to do some amazing things. Some took more Udacity classes. Some went straight to building projects of their own. Some got jobs at large companies like Google and smaller startups like TrialPay.  Four of those students were even hired at Udacity! 

Artist's rendition of what 100,000 students studying computer science may look like.
That’s a big number. Two hundred thousand. We’re pretty proud of Dave, our editors, our TAs, and of course our students for helping to make this happen. We’re proud, but we aren’t even close to satisfied.

Because this course, like every course made, isn’t perfect.  Since its launch, we’ve been constantly tweaking CS101.  Later this week, you’ll see even more additional content added to the class. Over time, we plan to continually re-edit, re-record, and--when necessary--recreate our courses.

If you’ve already taken CS101, what will you take next? If you haven’t, well, what are you waiting for?