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
Startup Engineering is probably a bit overly ambitious and tries to introduce too many different topics all at once, which can leave students scratching their heads and following along with instructions to complete homework assignments without necessarily...
Startup Engineering is probably a bit overly ambitious and tries to introduce too many different topics all at once, which can leave students scratching their heads and following along with instructions to complete homework assignments without necessarily knowing what they are actually doing. I think the main issue people had is that the course plays out more like an extended tutorial or series of resources than an actual course. The video lectures are extremely brief and not particularly insightful: all they do is go through the lecture PDFs which are 30-50 page detailed info dumps on various topics related to the tech stack they are using and start-ups. They are a useful resources, but they take an enormous amount of time to go through in detail, since they have links to other resources that themselves take hours and hours to look through. It also seems that the main lecturer was likely too busy to make comprehensive video lectures, since they are so short and were often late.
All in all, I came out of it known a little bit about a lot of different things that I didn't know anything about going into the class, but it barely scratches the surface. I would not recommend taking this course unless you are willing to sift through gobs of written formation. The lack of engaging video lectures made this course one of the more disappointing MOOCs I've encountered, but there's a lot of useful information to look through if you have the patience.
Anonymous completed this course.
Solid course from Stanford where by the end of the course you will have complete crowdfunding app.
To do so you'll use Node.js, Twitter Bootstrap, Github, AWS, HTML5, CSS, Coffeescript etc. in the process of the development, debugging, and deployment.
Anonymous completed this course.
the whole course was the best free course i ever experienced