Learning The Stack


Learning a new thing can be scary. Especially when all you have are some docs and a massive code base to learn from. That’s why we are here to help you learn, build, and contribute. Ask us questions at contact@semester.ly or on Discord!

Our Stack

Component Technology Style/Methodology Tutorials
Database PostgreSQL Django ORM Making Queries with Django
Backend Framework Django PEP8 Writing your first Django app
Frontend Framework React Redux/Airbnb React Basics, React, Redux.
CSS Framework SCSS BEM/Airbnb CSS Basics, SCSS, BEM

Tutorials and Resources

Learning the Backend

Django is a Python Web framework that provides a huge number of tools for web developers to quickly write scalable code with minimal configuration. It is used all over the tech industry by companies like Spotify, Instagram, YouTube, and DropBox!

Writing your first Django app is the official Django tutorial. It is top notch! The official documentation can be found at the same url and provides high quality information about how to build with this modern web framework.

Learning React/Redux

React is a Javascript library created by Facebook for “building user interfaces”. It allows developers to make encapsulated components that can be written once and used anywhere.

Redux is state container that makes React development easier to manage long term!

If you’re a beginner, we’ve created a React tutorial that will teach you the basics of developing a React app all via codepen. This is a great way to get started!

We highly recommend continuing with React via EggHead’s React Fundamentals video which teaches you everything you’ll need to know.

Finally, finish off with EggHead’s Redux tutorial. You’ll be a pro after that!

Learning CSS/SCSS

The most important step is to learn the CSS basics.

With that, you can dive into SCSS, a css preprocesor.

For development, we use the BEM methedology (learn about BEM here!) and the Airbnb style guide.

Learning Scraping/Parsing

Here’s one insightful article. And here’s another article!