Spiritual sequel to Peter Thiel's CS183 course
on startups. Bridges the gap between academic computer science and production
software engineering. Fast-paced introduction to key tools and techniques
(command line, dotfiles, text editor, distributed version control, debugging,
testing, documentation, reading code, deployments), featuring guest appearances
by senior engineers from successful startups and large-scale academic projects.
Over the course of the class, students will build a command line application,
expose it as a web service, and then link other students' applications
and services together to build an HTML5 mobile app. General principles
including Node, Backbone, Coffeescript, Bootstrap, Git, and Github.
The syllabus is optimized to enable students to iterate on their final projects as soon as possible, with technical material in the first half of the class and entrepreneurial considerations in the second half.
- Introduction and Quickstart
- Tools: VMs, IAAS/PAAS, Unix Command Line, Text Editors, DCVS
- Frontend: HTML/CSS/JS, Wireframing, Market Research
- Backend: SSJS, Databases, Frameworks, Data Pipelines
- APIs: Client-side templating, HTTP, SOA/REST/JSON, API as BizDev
- Devops: Testing, Deployment, CI, Monitoring, Performance
- Dev Scaling: DRY, Reading/Reviewing/Documenting Code, Parallelizing
- Founding: Conception, Composition, Capitalization
- Business Scaling: Promotion, CAC/LTV/Funnel, Regulation, Accounting
- Summary and Demo Week
Balaji S. Srinivasan and Vijay Pande