Professor Alex Rudnick Reviews
May 27, 2022
I would take this class with anyone but Darrell Long. Some diehards nerds keep recommending Long as a “rite of passage”because “you learn a lot…” but at the cost of your sanity, mental health, and getting accused of cheating. Unlike Darrell Long, Alex Rudnick is super chill and kind. There’s no unnecessary stress or academic drama in Rudnick’s class. Rudnick treats his students humanely.
As for someone who entered this class without knowing C at all, this class taught me C, and it’s now my favorite language.
He is so kind and understanding, but it’s week 8 and we haven’t gotten anything graded except for assignment 0 and the midterm.
If you’re worried about not getting grades back in a timely manner, then you should worry more about yourself. I can’t see how anyone can fail this class or get a bad grade because everything is so straightforward unless you’re one of those people who take classes just to get a barely passing grade. This is one of the most lenient professors, and I’m sad to hear that he might not be teaching next quarter, so don’t waste your chance.
The class itself was fine, except that all our assignments are YET to be graded. It's the middle of week 9 and there isn't anything in the grade book. We have our HW7 out and HW8 + an optional HW coming out this weekend. Also what about regrade requests? The graders will have to work through the summer which isn't fair and they even have exams/assignments due soon. Really disorganized from what I can say.
The content of the class is fine and it actually does help when Rudnick does DEMOS during class time to visualize it a bit more. Also, he draws it up which is nice.
Rudnick is one of my favorite professors so far with his kindness and understanding of the community of CS. My only problem is the grade request which makes it hard for me to feel good about him as many don't know their grade and will be out of luck for Fall 22' CSE 13s as it is full.
I should've brushed up on C beforehand as it would hit me how to do things really late. Also, read the book! Read before you can, I was lucky I knew a good amount from CSE 30 (while loops, recursion, graphs/linked lists).
Class was overall great, learned a lot from this course, and introduces us to data structures
Yes, it is useful for real world applications and coding interviews.
Does not grade assignments till week 10.