Hi just some feedback. I was following an older version of this course a while ago, and I found that much, much easier to follow than this version.
The old one had a few utility methods and stuff (“utils.py” and “vgg16.py”!), but this new one comes with thousands of lines of “helpful” code in the fastai library, way too much to casually understand without a lot of work.
Now I feel like I’m not learning how to use keras or theano or tensorflow or pytorch, I’m just investing a lot of time into learning your made-for-this-course framework.
I’m willing to work hard, but if I put in the work to understand the fastai library it’s not transferrable or useful. I’d much rather have to slowly build up over time all the code for image-loading, transforming, model creation, etc. Then at least that effort teaches me something that’s useful in the future.
As helpful as the fastai library is, it’s not likely to be used outside of this course. Rather than learn it, I’d like to learn how to do those things myself.