Aug 24th, 2023
If you’re reading this, you are likely wondering what happened to Vericlass and why it wasn’t updated until literally the last minute this summer.
For nearly three years I developed Vericlass as a course-finding tool for myself and anyone else who wanted to use it. When I was in college, the motivation for this work was obvious–I was the first and main user of the software. Any use to others was largely coincidental: I only advertised the site when I first launched it in summer 2020, and only then at the urging of my friends. After that, other folks were free to find it on their own.
But, if you really find Vericlass useful, and you can’t stand for it to end, I have a proposal. If you know how to program, are an undergraduate at Harvard, and would like to maintain the software going forward, send me an email. I would be happy to onboard you to the existing codebase, and even help you write that aforementioned roadmap to overcome tech debt and maybe even write new features. Potentially, if you don’t want to improve it, the roadmap could just be “how to update relevant scraper configurations each semester.” If you’re worried about whether you have enough relevant experience, recall my description of myself in summer 2020: you, like I, will figure it out. If nobody volunteers, then fall 2023 will be the last semester for which I update the Vericlass data, and the project will be officially laid to rest.