Fall 2022 - Professor Ding is kind of a GOAT in that he prepares you a lot for the tests. He provides study guides very similar to the exams, so as long as you do the study guides, you'll get a good score. He also allows group submissions for the homework, which is great. I definitely leaned into these policies and probably didn't do as much work as my group-mates, so I didn't absorb that much of the material. That being said, his lectures are extremely boring and disorganized in that they are not organized by topic at all and he just starts typing things. He also does not record these lectures. As someone with a social science background, it was hard to adjust to the style of the class because most of the time I had no idea what was going on.
Winter 2023 - Just like 10A, Professor Ding provided very helpful study guides for his tests, so you are able to get a good score if you understand how those codes work. That being said, while I understood the code, I could never write it myself. But honestly, that didn't really matter because the class is very conceptual. The second half of the class has some homework assignments that don't require coding at all, and ask you purely about the concepts. I loved this, because thats the part I understood, but I don't know how well it actually taught me how to code. So take that as you will.