All courses in the Preparatory phase are completely free and regardless of your background, this is where you should start. In the first course, we'll cover what software development is, what the job market looks like for developers, and what learning at Launch School is about. The second preparatory course contains the pre-requisites for the paid courses. These preparatory courses will walk you through everything you need to get started. This includes using the command line, working with git and GitHub, an introduction to your first programming language, and a small taste of problem solving and debugging.
|100||Programming & Back-end Prep|
The courses in this phase will provide you with a solid foundation in general programming and problem solving with Ruby, and teach you modern web application development from the ground up. After completing this phase, you should have a solid understanding of how to break down problems and express your solution and ideas in code. You'll also be exposed to server-side web application development and be comfortable working with stateless server-side code. Finally, you'll fully understand the protocol underlying web development, HTTP, and how to work with relational databases and SQL.
|109||Assessment: Ruby and General Programming|
|120||Object Oriented Programming|
|129||Assessment: Object Oriented Programming|
|130||Ruby Foundations: More Topics|
|139||Assessment: Ruby Foundations More Topics|
|179||Assessment: Web Development|
|180||SQL and Relational Databases|
|189||Assessment: SQL and Relational Databases|
|201||HTML and CSS|
|209||Assessment: HTML and CSS|
The Capstone Program is an optional, admissions-based, and final phase for students who have completed all the above core courses. The goal of the Capstone Program is to give students an intense finishing experience that results in a career-launching job. Because the end goal of Capstone is very ambitious, it requires in total 4 to 6 months of full-time focus. All participants are selected among our top students. It's not uncommon for Capstone participants to call it the hardest thing they've ever done. The projects, graduates and salaries coming out of Capstone are outstanding and rival those at top tier universities. Read more about the Launch School Capstone Program.