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Skillswap - Back To Basics


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First talk for Back To Basics evening. What is a website? Why should we make one? Perhaps it's best not to make one sometimes.

First talk for Back To Basics evening. What is a website? Why should we make one? Perhaps it's best not to make one sometimes.

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  • 1. Back To Basics @twombh Tom Buckley-Houston
  • 2. Thanks | Evening | Future● @PMStudioUK Next● @iamdanw● @garybristow Skillswap:● @t_pk LINUX● @markedup Drinks in the Watershed afterwards
  • 3. “Zen mind; Beginners Mind”
  • 5. Like Button
  • 6. Lings Cars
  • 7. Froogle
  • 8. th The 4 ParadigmOrality Literacy Printing Marshall McLuhan Walter Ong Jack Goody Clay Shirky
  • 9. Retrograde● Skills● Styles● Formats● Expectations● Business models
  • 10. The Tao of Programming Geoffrey James
  • 11. The Warlord of WuThere was once a programmer who was attached to the court of the warlord of Wu. The warlordasked the programmer: “Which is easier to design: an accounting package or an operating system?”“An operating system,” replied the programmer.The warlord uttered an exclamation of disbelief. “Surely an accounting package is trivial next to thecomplexity of an operating system”, he said.“Not so”, said the programmer, “when designing an accounting package, the programmer operatesas a mediator between people having different ideas: how it must operate, how its reports mustappear, and how it must conform to the tax laws. By contrast, an operating system is not limited byoutside appearances. When designing an operating system, the programmer seeks the simplestharmony between machine and ideas. This is why an operating system is easier to design.”The warlord of Wu nodded and smiled. “That is all good and well, but which is easier to debug?”The programmer made no reply.
  • 12. The Master ProgrammerA manager went to the master programmer and showed him the requirementsdocument for a new application. The manager asked the master: “How long will it taketo design this system if I assign five programmers to it?”“It will take one year,” said the master promptly.“But we need this system immediately or even sooner! How long will it take if I assignten programmers to it?”The master programmer frowned. “In that case, it will take two years.”“And what if I assign a hundred programmers to it?”The master programmer shrugged. “Then the design will never be completed,” he said.
  • 13. Impress peopleMake money You started it so you should finish it Why!? I need you to want a website Its what everyone else is doing Create community Cos your boss says so Publicise useful information
  • 14. Man Up Dont Make A Website! You can say noTumblr/Soundcloud/Paypal/Eventbrite/Youtube/ Facebook Page/Shopify
  • 15. Universal Rules For Making Useful Things● Listen ● Experience● Discipline ● Documentation● Compromise ● Testing● Drafts/Iterate ● Enjoy It● Coherency ● Ask For Help● Consistency ● Take Risks● Research ● Dont Make Me Think
  • 16. “The master programmer movesfrom program to programwithout fear. No change inmanagement can harm him. Hewill not be fired, even if theproject is cancelled. Why is this?He is filled with Tao.”