|1/7||Overview, Introduction and Quickstart||HW1|
|1/14||Tools: Unix (VMs, IAAS/PAAS, shell) and the Command Line (Text Editors, DVCS, Dotfiles)||HW2|
|1/21||Frontend: HTML/CSS/JS, Wireframing, Market Research||HW3|
|1/28||Backend: SSJS, Databases, Frameworks, Data Pipelines||HW4|
|2/4||APIs: Client-side templating, HTTP, SOA/REST/JSON, API as BizDev||HW5|
|2/11||Devops: Testing, Deployment, CI, Monitoring, Performance||HW6|
|2/18||Dev Scaling: DRY, Reading/Reviewing/Documenting Code, Parallelizing||Project|
|2/25||Founding: Conception, Composition, Capitalization||Project|
|3/4||Business Scaling: Promotion, CAC/LTV/Funnel, Regulation, Accounting||Project|
|3/11||Summary and Wrapup||Project|
|3/18||Demo Week (Demo Day on March 22, 2013)||Project|
The first half of the course will cover modern software engineering principles with a focus on mobile HTML5 development, taught via lectures, quizzes, and programming assignments. Guest lecturers from top Silicon Valley startups including Uber, Square, Stripe, AirBnb, Twilio, Taskrabbit, Judicata, Counsyl, Asana, Heroku, and Twitter will bring these concepts to life with real engineering problems from their work.
In the second half, you will apply these concepts to develop a simple command line application, expose it as a webservice, and then integrate other students' command line apps and webservices together with yours to create a mobile HTML5 app as a final project. Lectures will continue in the second half, but will be focused on the design, marketing, and logistical aspects of creating and scaling a startup. No other homework will be given in the second half to permit full focus on the final project.
Grading will be based on class participation (10%), homework (40%), and the final project (50%). The best final projects in each category (e.g. genomics, transportation, law, etc.) will qualify for prizes sponsored by startups.
This class takes up where CS183 left off, putting theory into practice. Here's a more formal description from the Stanford Bulletin:
Balaji S. Srinivasan is the co-founder and CTO of Counsyl, a genomics startup that grew from a Stanford dorm room to test more than 2.5% of all US births within less than three years after launch. Counsyl won the Wall Street Journal's Innovation Award for Medicine, was named one of Scientific American's Top 10 World Changing Ideas, and is now one of the largest clinical genome centers in the world. Prior to co-founding Counsyl, Dr. Srinivasan taught data mining, statistics, and computational biology in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University.
Vijay S. Pande is a professor of chemistry, structural biology, and computer science (by courtesy) at Stanford University, the director of Stanford's Biophysics Program, and the founder of Folding@Home. The project integrates volunteered computers and PlayStations to perform simulations of protein folding for disease research, and is the Guinness record holder for "most powerful distributed computing network". Professor Pande's current work includes novel simulation methods for high-precision drug binding affinity calculations, protein design, and synthetic bio-mimetic polymers.