Todd Millstein

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COM SCI 30
Principles and Practices of Computing See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.6 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness 4.9

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Definitely one of the best professors I have ever had. The tests and homework’s are super easy and make you actually enjoy CS. He is really helpful and easy to talk to. The projects are very doable and clear. He explains things really well and genuinely cares if his students are learning. I think basically everybody received As. He codes along with you in class which makes it super easy to learn. Highly recommend!!

(Fall Quarter 2019)
COM SCI 97
Variable Topics in Computer Science See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.5 Workload 4.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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I took this class to see if I wanted to major in CS and it really convinced me. However, I must admit that I took this class because I received an email that scared me into taking it. It said that incoming freshman with no CS experience should take this class over CS 31. It really is made for people who know nothing about programming and it really taught me a lot. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the class. The homework is really easy and never took a lot of time. The midterms and finals were really easy in my opinion. I don't think you REALLY need to take this class because CS 31 isn't too tough. But this class provided me a strong foundation in basic programming skills and Python which is a language valued by a lot of people. One downside is that it doesn't get into object oriented programming in Python but to be fair there isn't time to do everything. Overall fun class that taught me a lot.

(Fall Quarter 2017)
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COM SCI 131
Programming Languages See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.8

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I would definitely recommend Millstein for 131. The projects are all doable (there is one that takes more time to code and plan, but he gives you an opportunity to work with a partner and more time). He gauged our interest for the C# project and ended up not assigning it. Grading was thus:

Projects - 40%, Midterm - 25%, Final - 35%

I didn't know Java, Prolog, or ML but it was doable. Midterm was very doable (people finished early). Final was harder and trickier. His tests don't have a lot of straight out coding but instead do a lot of multiple choice or short answer/coding problems that ask you details or tricky parts about the language. I would suggest going over concepts and languages very closely instead of worrying about difficult coding questions (which he doesn't do).

I ended up with a B, but I didn't learn each language or concept that closely so that wasn't too much of a shocker.

(June 19, 2012)
COM SCI 132
Compiler Construction Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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COM SCI 132
Compiler Construction See Full Profile

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COM SCI C137A
Prototyping Programming Languages See Full Profile

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COM SCI C137B
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COM SCI C137B
Programming Language Design See Full Profile

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COM SCI 231
Types and Programming Languages See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.3

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I have to say Todd is someone who is super cool and he makes everything easier for me to understand. His course is properly designed so that you would think a lot and also learn a lot without much confusion. His lecture is really awesome.

(Dec. 11, 2012)
COM SCI C237A
Prototyping Programming Languages See Full Profile

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COM SCI 298
Research Seminar: Computer Science See Full Profile

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COM SCI 375
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COM SCI 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum See Full Profile

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