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Unit 0.1.1 Welcome to LAFF-On Programming for High Performance

These notes were written for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is offered on the edX platform. The first offering of this course starts on June 5, 2019 at 00:00 UTC (which is late afternoon or early evening on June 4 in the US). This course can be audited for free or you can sign up for a Verified Certificate. Register at

While these notes incorporate all the materials available as part of the course on edX, being enrolled there has the following benefits:

  • It gives you access to videos with more convenient transcripts. They are to the side so they don't overwrite material and you can click on a sentence in the transcript to move the video to the corresponding point in the video.

  • You can interact with us and the other learners on the discussion forum.

  • You can more easily track your progress through the exercises.

Most importantly: you will be part of a community of learners that is also studying this subject.