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Course Review: TCP, HTTP and SPDY Deep Dive

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State diagram of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP); the image file uses a small hand-crafted color palette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Provider: Udemy [course page]
Lecturer: Ivan Pepelnjak
Subject: Computer Science / Networking
Delivery: Self-paced, Asynchronous study
Completion Date: 11/29/2013


Description: Ivan Pepelnjak discusses ways to improve load times of your website by looking at developer tools and the ways in which different browsers load content.


Strengths: Ivan Pepelnjak has been teaching this subject professionally for several years now, and has the know-how to get students from point a to point b quickly. As this listing is the recording of one of his webinars, he does spend some time answering questions posed by participants during the event. I kind of liked this format, as it showed the lecturer’s knowledge in the subject matter rather than having a rehearsed script. It is conversational in tone, engaging the student in the process.


Weaknesses: Ivan Pepelnjak has a little bit of an accent, which some folks may have some issue with, but I had no trouble understanding what he was saying. Though it did require some mild google searches to clarify terms I was unfamiliar with (I am still very new to the subject), it didn’t seem like a chore.


Conclusion: I found myself genuinely enjoying this webinar. I found it a great addition for another course I will soon be completing over at Coursera, as well as for my self-paced studies in webpage design and creation. From the point of a designer especially, we have to consider how quickly a webpage loads as we typically create webpages in order to get people to visit them. If it takes too long to load, then a person will more likely than not move on to something else. There is quite a few things to consider, one of which relates to how to make it equally quick on each of the major browsers. This is sometimes a bit of a artform, hence why this sort of course is so relevant. If you make webpages or are simply interested in learning more about how a webpage loads, then I recommend this course.


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