Web development students at Learners Guild, before they graduate, get to work on real software systems. I have just started doing that. The transition has been intense, but friendly. Meanwhile, the Guild is proceeding with its plan to bring Learners into partnership as co-designers of the next iteration of the Guild itself.
Two battles over the rights of 10 million Californians living in housing communities have recently ended. The right to full financial disclosure was dealt a blow for 60 Berkeley residents, but the right to assemble and speak in common spaces was made the law for all 10 million. If you are one of them and you want full financial disclosure, you have several options, all problematic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.