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Tufts University: Bil Lewis - Computer Science - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Bil Lewis | COMP115 - Database Systems | Computer Science2005-12-14

Review:
The guy is amazing.

He seems to know everything. Not only how to do things, but why you should do them. His classes are full of insightful commentary about how computers relate to the rest of society, what's good, what's bad. He can trace a database operation down to the exact tracks on disk that are being read without breaking a sweat.

And his stories! He is funny. I heard he sometimes does standup comedy and uses his classes for material. He's the kind of guy who would write reviews of himself.

Workload:
Easy.


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Bil Lewis | COMP115 - Database Systems | Computer Science2005-03-27

Review:
This class was... interesting, to say the least. This was the first time Prof. Lewis taught the class (Fall 2004) and let's say, he's no expert on databases.

The class essentially progressed chapter by chapter in the book as he stayed a chapter ahead of us, reading it himself. Nonetheless, he was honest when he wasn't sure of something, freely admitting it, but also wrote the book authors complaining that something was incorrect in the book. So, he certainly cared about the class. He eventually got a response back, and they agreed with him.

Prof. Lewis is a character -- I am still trying to figure out where he is from. He seems to have traveled everywhere and done everything, from conferences in Sweden to teaching high school in Kenya. His website at www.lambdacs.com gives some hints on what he's done. He ended every class with a bizarre story, and I have to wonder if they weren't all actually true. I really don't know.

Prof. Lewis' areas of expertise are in multithreaded programming and Java. I would be interested to seem him teach classes that coincide with his areas of expertise -- I think he would be a good professor.

As much as I liked him, I have to admit the class was really worthless. I learned very little, and nothing of practical use.

Workload:
Nonexistent. We had some book homeworks and then a project and paper at the end of the semester.

Professor does not like the idea of grades. Easy A.


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