So Coded – A Web Conference in Hamburg

On 19th & 20th September 2013 there will be the first So Coded Conference in Hamburg, Germany. I just recently joined the awesome team of organizers and as you can imagine, there is a lot of stuff to do…

The conference aims at Ruby, Python, JavaScript, PHP developers and their shared passion for the interwebs. At the conference, there will be space for up to 150 coders at a sweet location, the LOLA in Hamburg Bergedorf, to learn, teach, hack and have fun! The nice LOLA-Bar is open to relax and chill in between sessions or to hack on your projects.

The team of organizers did a great job already to get in touch with some awesome folks, but we are still reaching out to international speakers to present an incredible lineup for the attendees. Engine Yard, GitHub, 6wunderkinder, Travis CI just dropping some names…

If this sounds cool and interesting for you, grab one of the few early bird tickets left!

And if you think that your company should support So Coded, have a look at the sponsoring section.

“computering” – a different presentation style

Keynote is nice, but it’s not well suited for technical presentations. Live coding on the other hand is hard and often fails horribly because of some minor typos etc.

Some month ago I visited the Python Usergroup Montreal and I saw an awesome live coding session from Rory Geoghegan. He was typing incredibly fast and 100% correct! Watching him, at first I was baffled, then I was amazed and then I got suspicious…

Rorey used Keyboard Cat to replay his code!

The “computering” gem

If you are into Programming-Screencasts like me, you should definitively watch the PeepCode Play by Play episode with Aaron Patterson and Corey Haines. In that episode they have a pairing session on some Ruby code. At some point they drift off and start computering with dinosaur-hands:

(Find all animated GIFs at the PeepCode Blog)

Based on the Keyboard Cat and inspired by the dinosaur-hands i created computering. With the computering command line application you can pretend to type amazingly fast and 100% accurate even in dinosaur-hands-mode!

computering is just a couple of days old, but you can already build interactive command line presentations with it using a simple Ruby-DSL. I used it for our last Ruby Usergroup Meeting and held a talk called OMG Rails4!

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