Saturday, November 13, 2010

Coding for Dummies :: time to get #codefu

"who knows what a server is?" (45 blank faces despite the slide on the screen)
"No one? Good. We're all starting at the same place"

Sometimes, over-enthusiasm gets mistaken for a good idea.
I have given short "HTML for non-engineers" courses at Google a few times and so we decided for Internet Week Europe to pair up with Mel at BBHLabs and bring the idea to the world.
We called it codingfordummi.es


We also decided to try and stick in css, javascript and html5... to see what happens.

The point is not to "teach" HTML or anything like it - but to just open up the engine and have a look, reduce the fear factor, and break down some barriers. The walls between those who code and those who think and those who use are getting unnecessarily high...

Admittedly it was also terrific fun and I think you get the best sense of the event by following the #codefu hashtag from the bottom
Jeremey Ettinghauser did a lovely blog post: http://bbh-labs.com/crash-test-dummy
Paul Truong did an awesome HTML5 overview
Jason Cartwright did some high-speed javascript
and I talked for 3 hrs...

Check out the deck