SOURCE: Holberton

June 16, 2016 11:59 ET

Innovative Full Stack Engineering School Is Teaming With PagerDuty to Teach What Being a Real-Life DevOps Is Like, Sometimes at 3am

So You Want to Learn DevOps? Then WAKE UP!!!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2016) - Students at the Holberton School, San Francisco's innovative new school for teaching students of any age to be full stack engineers, are being woken early, really early, to learn just what's it's like to be a part of a DevOps team.

DevOps is a set of practices, a philosophy aiming for agile operations, to expand the collaboration between developers and operation folks to make them work toward the same goal: contribute to the entire product lifecycle, from design, development, shipping, up to the production stage. This is a radical shift from the industry norm of separate engineering and operations departments which often operate in opposition to each other.

Holberton is partnering with PagerDuty, a 6-year old IT incidents management startup, to wake students up to the reality of on-call engineering. Students will be on-call, 24/7 for their personal projects but also for group projects. In the industry, engineers are often on-call for systems they did not build, but that they still need to support; in that situation the challenge is even trickier.

"Uptime is the number one goal of any SRE/DevOps/System administrator team," said Casey Brown, manager, Site Reliability Engineering at LinkedIn. "Nowadays, well established companies like LinkedIn, Facebook and Google are also expecting developers to be fully responsible for their code in production. Having production in mind and being ready for it is something that every good developer must have, yet no school prepare students to that."

"One of the core precepts of the Holberton School is that our students learn by doing, and being on call is a lot about experience, it is not something you can learn in a book," said school founder Sylvain Kalache. "With this program, students will already have one and half years of on-call experience, because we put our students through their paces, and that sometimes means a panicked call at 3am. What better way to be prepared?"

The school has been innovating since its inception last year, offering unique opportunities for students from its tuition model and admissions process to certificate verification process. Students apply to the program using a four step, hands off, software-based admissions process that is meant to start the curriculum at the onset. Once the students are accepted, which is harder to do than Harvard, they are guided by seasoned mentors and attend cost free until they have graduated and are working. And to ensure that student certificates are the real deal when applying for jobs, certificates are secured and are accessible through the blockchain, the technology behind bitcoins, ensuring a high-quality certificate recognition for Holberton School students and tackling the threats of false resumes and fake certificates.

About Holberton School
Holberton School is a project-based alternative to college for the next generation of software engineers.

Using project-based learning and peer learning, Holberton School's mission is to train the best software engineers of their generation. At Holberton School, there are no formal teachers and no formal courses. Instead, everything is project-centered. The school gives students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve, and gives them minimal initial directions on how to solve them. As a consequence, students naturally look for the theory and tools they need, understand them, use them, work together, and help each other.

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