Every now and then, it seems that new and interesting technologies just come out of nowhere. A buddy of mind sent me a link today and simply said, something like “check that out”. I didn’t know what it was and he didn’t say much.
When I had some time to look at it, which I just did like 20 minutes back, I was really really excited. You see, I have been trying to cultivate some interest in programming in the young family members, cousins, nephews, nieces, and even my youngest sister. One of the problems you have, when you start thinking or even embark on teaching someone to program, are the following: which language would be easiest while being fun and eventually usable (you don’t want to tell someone they are learning to program, but can’t create even simple interesting app), and how quickly you can go from coding to seeing results. There are other issues too, like how good is the development tool and the help system.
So here is to LightTable and I hope they keep developing it. There have been so many good things coming my way in the last few weeks. Not too long ago, it was Ember JS and Handlebars. Before that was Backbone (which lead me to Ember JS). I found out about the Foundation CSS library while researching even more Ember JS. And while cool, but not web centric, I have been learning quite a bit about OpenStack cloud platform. It is a great day to live very long.
Updated: May 01, 2013 @ 5:04 AM PT