This summer I’m part of the residency program at Hacker School, a three-month-long, self-directed, full-time school in New York for becoming a better programmer. This summer’s Hacker School batch will be wrapping up soon, and the application deadlines for the fall batch are already upon us. I’ve been talking with lots of programmers I know and encouraging them to apply.
During these conversations, I’ve encountered a few misconceptions about what Hacker School is and who it’s for. I’m not an official source of information; for that, I recommend the User’s Manual and this blog post. Having said that, here are a few things I’ve heard people say that attest to misconceptions about Hacker School, and my responses to them.