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Live Coding: Will it Sink or Soar?

In our last post we’ve talked about fostering curiosity and passion on the next generation with regards to coding. It’s also been briefly mentioned that the professionals needed to teach students how to code is scarce aggravating the problem.

However, there is a new phenomenon that has recently emerged that may possibly end this dilemma in coding: live streaming.

Watching people code in real time

I know many of you out there are still scratching your heads on why people would watch a live streaming of someone playing a certain game. But now, it would seem the coding community has adapted the trend.

This particular phenomenon has gained enough popularity that a subreddit is organizing a virtual conference via Twitch that would educate people how to code – in real time. The coders invited in this conference will be covering topics such as GUI programming, how terminals work, introductions on search engine, front-end design, and many others.

There are seven talks overall that’ll start at 12:20 UTC up to 21:00 UTC.

Sites have also been made that will cater this niche – and to mention a couple.

While there are skeptics doubting the success of this movement, there are others who have already invested. Livecoding has received backing from European Pioneer that’ll help the site get off the ground. Jamie Green, one of the company’s co-founders, didn’t give an exact amount, although according to the European Pioneers’ site it usually invests $52,000 to $264,000 to its companies.

Can it deliver?

This is the question that others have voiced. There may be excitement watching people play games live, but watching people code? It may be unlikely. There is also the matter of novices versus those who already know the ropes. The knowledge gap between these groups may cause some confusion and frustration from the streamers and viewers, alike.

There is also the matter of how the streamer can hold their viewers’ attention as they go through a particular topic, as well as the ability to simplify things in order for to be understood.

Answers to these questions remains to be seen. However, since these sites, and the whole concept, are at their infancy – became available in beta earlier this march as stated by Jamie Green – it is still too early to bring the hammer down.

Coding communities

But if these sites do indeed make it, it would mean a lot to the coding community. It can increase the reputation of coders, bring the coding community closer; it’ll provide more resources on the web about coding, increase the learning progress of other coders, and so much more.

The promise of this phenomenon could potentially bring an end to the scarcity of people who are needed in teaching the next generation how to code, and may even inspire others who haven’t consider teaching as a profession in the first place.

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