Startup Engineering

I heard praises about Coursera from a friend and a colleague who finished the Stanford’s course Introduction to Databases on the same platform. I thought to give it a try and after searching through it’s extensive list of courses, I found one that has drawn my attention. It was Startup Engineering, also from Stanford.

I was very eager to take it, and was a little bit disappointed when it was delayed, but in the end, it was worth waiting for! Every week was covered by video lessons as well as PDF transcripts. Often, PDF transcripts contained even more information than videos, with the links to all relevant additional reading resources.

We were learning about web development in general, node.js, git, linux command line, Amazon web services, but also a little bit about market research and chalenges that startups are facing. Course was graded 70% by answering multiple choices questions and 30% by programming assignments. There was also a final project, but it was not graded.

In my oppinion, the course succeded in providing additional knowledge and tips for experienced developers, as well as being completely available for junior ones. Big thanks to Stanford University, Coursera, and all the lecturers for providing all this for free to people all arround the world.

By Aleksandar Jakovljević

My name is Aleksandar Jakovljević and I am a web developer from Belgrade, Serbia. I was born in Smederevo, in 1980. I started focusing on web development since late 2003. I am mostly focused on open source web technologies. I specialised in PHP, focusing on Symfony framework, with skills in Drupal and WordPress, too. I worked more than 7 years for art_net studio. I work for Computer Rock (former Spoiled Milk) since April 2011. I love the web and everything related to it. The possibility to publish your ideas quickly and make them available to the entire world is what made me decide to pursue a career in web development.

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