The last Friday of every cohort is graduation day. Students put the finishing touches on their independent projects and get ready to celebrate the 10-week gauntlet they’ve just made it through. Later that night, when the post-graduation celebration draws to a close and the last high-five and bittersweet goodbye fades away, Launch Academy enters the ‘Off-season,’ a time between cohorts (usually a few weeks) when the only souls on campus are the staff. Perhaps off isn’t the most accurate way to describe the weeks between cohorts—things are certainly quieter with the students gone, but the staff is as busy as ever.
The rate of change in software development is staggering, and the offseason is dedicated to incorporating that change into fresh curriculum updates for future cohorts. In the last off-season, we decided to take our updates a step further—with an experiment.
Each EE would have two days to build the app in one of the frameworks and record their experience. They’d then repeat this process two more times in a different framework. By the end of the duel, the book review app would be built a total of nine times. Elise, Kevin and MLG would then compare experiences, ultimately choosing a winning framework to add to the curriculum.
Every language and framework has a tremendous amount of depth. If we wanted to, we could spend all 10 weeks of our on-campus program teaching a single language/framework. But since we’re committed to teaching the full web development stack, we need to be sure that our curriculum incorporates a balance of breadth and depth.
With the rules laid out and the basic selection criteria in place, Kevin, Elise, and MLG got to work.