Week 22 at an Unbootcamp

October 14th, 2017

In week 22 of my software-development studies at Learners Guild, I got into the swing of improving and debugging the Guild’s own software. Luckily, that software is far from perfect, so there’s plenty for us Learners to do.

When the quake starts, duck or run?

October 1st, 2017

I learned today that recognized seismic engineering experts are divided as to what people who find themselves inside an older concrete building should do if a big earthquake begins. Whether you decide to duck or to run out, you can cite at least one reputable engineer’s advice in your favor.

Week 21 at an Unbootcamp

September 29th, 2017

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.

In California, 10,000,000 win while 60 lose rights

September 28th, 2017

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 20 at an Unbootcamp

September 23rd, 2017

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 14 at an Unbootcamp

September 23rd, 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 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 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.