Ryan Davis wrote:
> There is a certificate course at the UW starting this fall. It is 3
> quarters long starting at rubynewb, then rails/web development, then
> rubyjedi. no, not the real titles. You are not required to take all
> three courses. do what feels right. To take just one:
> 
>     http://www.extension.washington.edu/ext/certificates/rby/rby_sce.asp
> 
> There is space available. apparently, plenty of space... so take make
> this a success, if you are interested or suspect someone you know is
> interested, PLEASE, help make it happen.
> 
> -----
> 
> Course syllabus for fall quarter is below:
> 
>      1. Basics
> 
>      2. Language Summary
>          hello world
>          invoking methods (go see ri)
>          Basic datatypes: string, range, numbers, regexps, symbols
>          Control flow structures: if/unless/case/loop/while/until
> 
>      3. Testing Concepts & Unit Testing
> 
>            From here on out, the classes and homework will be
>            driven via tests:
> 
>            All homework will have impl and tests where the student
>            needs to write tests for the impl and find any possible
>            bugs and write impl for the tests to make them pass. By
>            attacking on both sides, you'll get a better
>            appreciation for TDD and still have real world examples
>            of (buggy) code without tests.
> 
>      4. Language in More Detail
>          Containers: Arrays, Hashes, Files... Enumerable
>          More control flow
>          Iterators & closures (incl syntax for x in y;
>            break/redo/next/retry)
>          Exception handling
> 
>      5. Object-Oriented Programming Concepts
>          Classes
>                is-a vs. has-a, instances vs classes
>          Methods/messages
>          Modules
>                include/extend, when to use vs classes
>          Philosophical: do the simplest thing that could possibly work
> 
>      6. Playing with Standard Libraries
>          Libraries (find, time, yaml, marshal)
>          RubyGems / RAA / rubyforge
>          tcp chat server
> 
>      7. Projects Week 1: iTunes Data Mining, Inc.
>            or self-driven project you'd rather.
> 
>      8. Projects Week 2: Student Driven
>          Regular Expressions, CSV, Data Mining
> 
>      9. Projects Week 3: Extending by playing with Popular Libraries
>          Hpricot - html/xml parser
>          Mechanize - web scraper
> 
>      10. Playing Well with Others
>          Working with & contributing to the open-source community
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
Sounds fantastic!! How is this to be delivered? Electronically? Or must
one drive up to Seattle from, say, Portland? ;)