Computer Training (Stanford Engineering Everywhere)

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 21, 2008
Updated • Nov 16, 2017

Stanford School of Engineering started its Stanford Engineering Everywhere program which offers access to computer science courses on a newly created website. This is not only useful to computer trainers but anyone who is interested in computer science in general.

The available courses are divided into three categories which are; Introduction to Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Linear Systems and Optimization. Of those courses the Computer Science courses are aimed at beginners while courses in the two other categories are designed more for advanced users.

Courses include an introduction, the actual lessons, handouts, assignments, exams and software. The actual lessons are available as videos which can be watched online, and as html / pdf transcripts that can be downloaded to the computer.

The video lessons require Microsoft Silverlight. Below is the list of available courses:

Introduction to Computer Science

  • Programming Methodology CS106A
  • Programming Abstractions CS106B
  • Programming Paradigms CS107

Artificial Intelligence

  • Introduction to Robotics CS223A
  • Machine Learning CS229

Linear Systems and Optimization

  • The Fourier Transform and its Applications EE261
  • Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems EE263
  • Convex Optimization I EE364A
  • Convex Optimization II EE364B

The lessons can also be viewed on YouTube, iTunes, Vyew or downloaded as wmv or mp4 torrents.

There is unfortunately no complete package download of all the lessons and pdf documents. The mp4 torrents have a size of about 650 to 700 Megabytes while the wmv torrents a size of roughly 150 Megabytes.

Closing Words

Free online courses are always nice, especially if they come from a reputable institute such as Stanford University. Most courses are more about the theory behind certain programming concepts and less about actual programming, but if you are interested in these kind of things, or want to strengthen your background in this regard, they should make for a good intro.

Update: A fourth set of courses has been added to the web page:

  • Programming massively parallel processors
  • iPhone application programming
  • Seminars and Webinars

It is interesting to note that the iPhone application programming course leads to the iTunes website from  where it can be downloaded to the local system. To do so, you do need iTunes installed on your system.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

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      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

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    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

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    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

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  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

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  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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