Some of you might remember that I tweeted about Ruby screencasts a month or so ago.. well the idea is still alive and well!
In fact we had such a great response that several ideas emerged which different teams are now pursuing.
I can't speak for anyone of the other teams, but here are my thoughts on the idea I've been working on personally. Once the branding is done, and I've come up with an editorial style, I think we'll be ready to do some sort of screening for anyone who wants to join the presenting team.
In short, this idea is something like Egghead.io but for Ruby, and with a twist! Here are some more detailed thoughts:
- We'll focus on client-side/isomorphic Ruby to begin with (so Opal & Volt etc). (Just like Egghead.io did with Angular.)
- We'll then explore other new Ruby tech such as Lotus, Cuba, etc.
- We're leaving the brand name open in case we want to move into non-Ruby stuff later (though we don't have any plans to do that.)
- We may do some training courses on tech or frameworks, again like Opal & Volt. (If we do, our approach here will also differ from what's currently out there.)
- We won't really be aiming to cover general Ruby or Rails as these topics already have great resources (such as Railscasts, GoRails, RubyTapas, CodeSchool etc) but may do if there is a demand.
I would personally like to cover the topics that interest me most - right now that is Opal, Volt and other cutting edge (or highly performant) Ruby tech.
I hope people will like our screencasts because...
- They'll (hopefully) be of a high standard, short and concise.
- Free or really cheap (or subsidised by sponsors).
- All profits (after we pay presenters/staff/expenses etc) will go to tech projects.
I think we have come up with a really strong and memorable brand which perfectly reflects both our topic (cutting edge Ruby) and the project itself - I can't wait to share it with you all! (Unfortunately it's not quite ready yet.)
Well, what do you think? Would this be of interest to you? Would you be interested in joining the presenting team? (What topics would you like to cover?).
Any other thoughts or feedback also appreciated - and if any of the other teams want to join in (or post up threads about their ideas) that's cool too