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Are you interested in a video stream of a website being built from scratch geared towards beginners?

  • # March 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while. CSS-Tricks has really helped me come a long way the last 2 years or so and I’ve been thinking of giving back.

    Basically what I would do is use a stream service like Justin.tv to stream the creation of a website live to viewers. Viewers can use the chat service and ask questions and discuss with each other as I build and I can answer questions explain why and how to do certain things. I would start building from scratch and use a mock and at the end we’d have a full site.

    These will be sort of like Chris Coyiers screencasts #12-#14 about converting a photoshop mock into a website.

    #12
    #13
    #14

    The goal would be to help beginners/intermediates to learn the flow of creating a site, ways to build faster, best practices, things to look out for, and hopefully make web development a bit clearer. When starting out, a lot of things can be confusing.

    If there’s enough interest, maybe I’ll make it a weekly thing where there’s a new topic of focus each week, but who knows.

    So, any interest? Ideas? Suggestions?

    # March 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’d be interested in both subscribing and helping :)
    Although live audiences would be a severe limitation for several reasons
    Different timezones will cut out a lot of viewers
    Beginners won’t be able to keep up with the ability to pause and rewind
    Bandwidth will be a big issue also

    Maybe start off with video uploads and move on to streaming

    # March 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Different time zones isn’t an issue. Justin.tv keeps archives so anyone at any time can go back and re-watch it from beginning to end. If you can’t watch it live, you can’t watch it live. That doesn’t mean you can’t watch it though. Bandwidth is not an issue either.

    One thing I’ll have to make sure I do is that when I answer a question, to state what the question is before answering so anyone watching from the archives can know what was asked so they know what I’m talking about.

    # March 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    here’s an interesting idea, you could display relevant information below the video based on the time its at

    i.e. lets say half way through a video you change topic you can then use a script to change the content on the page

    # March 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I’m not following

    # March 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    with html5 video you can trigger events at certain points during playback
    lets saying you’re working on a piece of code 10 minutes into the video, you can then use JavaScript to display the code under the video for the viewer to copy, or if you talk about a site you can show a link at that specific time of the video

    This is fairly new so it will give you an edge if you get it done nicely :D

    # March 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    If you have the time, check this out, its been a while since I watched this but I think its between 15 or 20 minutes in that he gets to video triggering

    http://marakana.com/s/what_s_new_in_html5_media_with_paul_kinlan_from_google,614/index.html

    # March 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I think you might have skipped over a bit when reading my post initially. My goal is to stream how to build a website, kind of link Chris Coyier’s Screencasts #12-#14 about converting a photoshop mock into a website, but instead of uploading a video, I would do it live so people can ask questions in real time.

    #12
    #13
    #14

    # March 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Lol for some reason I thought you might have been building a site like justin.tv
    silly me, I think I should go to bed now

    # March 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    lol, nooooo. Not build a site like justin.tv, just use it.

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