Week 23 at an Unbootcamp

Change is in the air at Learners Guild. Learners are responding creatively to institutional changes. One of my responses this week was to reach out to a software project I’ve been using, to start contributing improvements to it. I’m now experiencing the benefits that motivate masses of software developers to volunteer that way.

Week 20 at an Unbootcamp

Students JavaScript and web application development at Learners Guild in Oakland begin by creating pieces of applications, and after a few weeks entire make-believe applications. After about 20 weeks, however, they may begin participating in the creation, repair, and improvement of real software that is in current use. I’m about to make that transition.

Week 19 at an Unbootcamp

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.

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