1. Front Page Hacker News: Remote Students Make Documentation a Cinch

    There are hundreds of great libraries and APIs out there designed to make developers’ lives better and easier, but poor or nonexistent documentation often undermines the benefit these technologies offer. A team of students in our Remote Beta program sought to remedy this issue that affects software engineers of all experience levels. The result, Sodocan.js, auto-generates skeletal documentation and provides crowdsourcing functions that allow anyone to fill in the gaps. Happy to see such a tool, developers voted Sodocan.js up to the front page of Hacker News.

  2. Remote Beta Students Mentored by Uber Engineers at Weeklong Hackathon

    Uber teamed up with our Remote Beta team to host an online hackathon for students and alumni of the program. The five-day sprint included mentorship from Uber’s engineers, a talk from the CTO of the fascinating agricultural drone company HoneyComb Corporation, and teams of up to five working together to build apps with the Uber API. The winning team has been invited to tour Uber’s offices in San Francisco.

  3. Purify CSS Tool Vaults Remote Students into Hacker News Limelight

    Inspired by past student projects that made meaningful contributions to the open source community, a group of students in our Remote Beta program went into their final project looking for a problem to be solved. After investigating several avenues, they conceived of and built Purify CSS, a tool that speeds up apps by removing unused components related to the staple design language CSS. Since Purify CSS was released, the reaction from the developer community has been overwhelmingly positive, with coders already adding to the framework and using it in their projects.

  4. Hack Reactor Remote Beta Teams Up with Uber to Provide Students With Real-World API Development Experience

    Hack Reactor has announced an exciting partnership between Uber and our Remote Beta program. Through this partnership, the Uber API will be integrated into the Remote Beta curriculum to give students a deep exploration of API development. Once it is fully integrated into the course, students will have the option to build apps and projects with the Uber API. Additionally, Uber Engineers will eventually co-teach sections on API development alongside Hack Reactor instructors.

  5. Virtual Reality Platform Built by Remote Students Opens Possibilities for VR Developers

    While virtual reality has been around in various forms for many years, there is still a high barrier to entry for software developers to enter into the space. A group of students in our Remote Beta program decided to change that by creating a virtual reality platform. This platform, TheseusVR, creates an online space with multiple screens, in which one can run separate apps on each screen. It also incorporates cloud storage. TheseusVR can be integrated with two of the leading virtual reality systems, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

  6. Remote Program Class Lead Makes Digital Classroom a Close-Knit Community

    Our Remote program is, in many ways, a carbon copy of our onsite course, but there are inevitable differences that make the digital classroom a very unique experience. Managing both familiar aspects of the Hack Reactor experience and elements peculiar to Remote Beta, Liz Penny keeps everything running smoothly in an online course unlike any offering out there. She works with students on everything from the logistical to the emotional.

  7. What a Remote Student Learned Building a Popular React & Flux Framework

    After building a React and Flux framework with his Remote Beta classmates, Gunnari Auvinen documented the experience in a three-part series of blog posts. The framework, Tuxedo.js, was conceived as a way to make React and Flux, two technologies from Facebook, easier to use. The result proved popular--Tuxedo.js spent a full day near the top of the tech news aggregator Hacker News. With time to reflect, Auvinen extracted certain lessons taken from his first experience building a framework.

  8. Remote Students Create 3D Video Conferencing Environment with WebRTC

    Inspired by the regular video conferencing that happens in our Remote Beta course, two students decided to take the video chat beyond the standard talking heads and create a more dynamic experience. Dave Mun, who was taking the course in L.A., collaborated with Rory Campbell in London on Real Faces, which creates a three-dimensional, Minecraft-like world in which to have virtual meetings.

  9. Remote Beta Students Analyze Twitter Data Using Watson

    A team of students in our Remote program used Watson, IBM’s natural language processor, in concert with the Twitter API to build a library that developers can use for language analysis and translation. Personify, built by Essam Al JouboriRohan Agrawal and Phil Elauria, streamlines the process of building apps that work with Watson’s language analysis and translation abilities and Twitter’s APIs. The project immediately garnered a lot of attention, making the front page of Hacker News, and receiving over 150 stars on github.