Startup Engineering Course

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Startup Engineering Course 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 are illustrated through modern Javascript and the latest web technologies, including Node, Backbone, Coffeescript, Bootstrap, Git, and Github. Course Syllabus The syllabus is optimized to eble students to iterate on their fil 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 Devops: Testing, Deployment, CI, Monitoring, Performance Dev Scaling: DRY, Reading/Reviewing/Documenting Code, Paralyzing Founding: Conception, Composition, Capitalization Business Scaling: Promotion, CAC/LTC/Funnel, Regulation, Accounting Summary and Demo week Recommended Background Familiarity with basic programming at the level of Stanford's CS106B is required. Some exposure to HTML, CSS, and Javascript will also be helpful. Suggested Readings To get a sense of the energy humming through Silicon Valley, the following reading will be helpful: First, for the big picture read Why Software is Eating the World, The Rise and Fall of Persol Computing, and Internet Trends. Next, look at these articles on Stanford's Facebook class, The Social Network, and Massively Collaborative Mathematics. Filly, read Startup = Growth and as much of the CS183 notes as you can. This class takes up where where CS183 left off. Course Format The first part of the course will cover modern software engineering principles with a focus on mobile HTML5 development, taught via 5-10 minute video lectures with in-video quizzes, programming assignments, and multiple choice questions. Guest lecturers from t

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