Week 19 at an Unbootcamp

September 17th, 2017

Learners Guild, an alternative to coding bootcamps, is working to make itself more participatory, although most of us Learners have our plates full trying to absorb ever more techniques of software development. We not only produce software, but also consume it as tools of production, and we face the same problems of inscrutability and dysfunctionality as the world does with consumer software.

Week 14 at an Unbootcamp

September 16th, 2017

Week 14 at Learners Guild was, for me, week 7 in “phase 2”, and time to be evaluated. Would I be ready to enter phase 3? After that, I continued obsessively working on a web-browser calculator that would be better than the one on Macintosh computers. You can try it out yourself.

Week 18 at an Unbootcamp

September 10th, 2017

The experience of being a software development trainee at Learners Guild is largely a makeover of makeovers. You think your program is finished, but in reality it never is, and if you are serious about it you will probably subject it to a few drastic reorganizations. My 18th week there was a case in point.

Week 17 at an Unbootcamp

September 8th, 2017

During the week ending on 1 September, I customized an instructional module and started building an application that would manage a cooperative learning community, taking advantage of the malleable structure of the new software-development curriculum at Learners Guild.

Week 16 at an Unbootcamp

September 6th, 2017

My 16th week studying web development at Learners Guild was devoted to a team exercise on protecting a web site from sabotage. Luckily, it was a make-believe site that no serious saboteur would care to hack.

Week 15 at an Unbootcamp

August 26th, 2017

My first week in phase 3 at Learners Guild, a return to teamwork, was also the 8th and last week of some Learners’ permitted tenure in any phase. Those who could not progress fast enough faced possible expulsion. Well, it wasn’t so simple.

Week 13 at an Unbootcamp

August 14th, 2017

Week 13 at Learners Guild saw a beginning of a shift from the fundamentals of web technologies to more practical know-how.

Week 12 at an Unbootcamp

August 4th, 2017

The things Learners are learning at Learners Guild is, in substantial part, “packages”, designed to make commonly performed operations easier than just writing the code for them from scratch. But they also add to the complexity of the ecosystem we are learning to work in.