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What Pokémon Go can teach coders

July 24, 2016

Hi!

In this video, I use the fantabulous example of Pokémon Go, to illustrate key app development principles. Here you go:

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

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The future of IT industry.

July 20, 2016

Hi!

I got this question today:

Stefan, could you make a video about the future of IT industry? Many people say, that programmers are gonna disappear pretty soon as artificial intelligence will be able to solve programming tasks. What is your opinion?

My answer:

AI has problems with figuring out context in a sentence – so I wouldn’t worry too much. That said, in time it will happen, and when it does (10-20yrs?) … there will be super advanced robotics as well, and super advanced renewable energy.

A massive change in society altogether

So that would suggest to me (if we keep the politicians in check) a society where resources are nearly unlimited. They’re will be no need to work, as there will be plenty for all. I know it sounds crazy, but we’ve already seen a huge upheaval in society with the industrial revolution, where the whole human context was changed dramatically. It will happen again when AI, renewable energy and robotics hit the tipping point.

… So don’t worry about AI taking your coding jobs. When AI can code, the whole world will change for the better.

Stef

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Top 3 Code Teaching / Learning Tips

April 14, 2016

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To get the best outcomes with students (and yourself!), here are my top 3 code teaching tips:

1- Write real code, not ‘lego’ code.
2- Use real coding tools, not code simulators.
3- Build real projects from start to finish.

1. Write real code, not ‘lego’ code

A funny thing happens when students write real code: they start to learn not only how to code, but they learn the concepts behind the code. What I’ve seen over the years is that trying to hide the code from students with block based code teaching tools slows the learning process.

You have to write code to learn to code.

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Should kids learn coding instead of foreign languages?

February 16, 2016

I was reading an article on the debate in Florida, whether to allow kids to learn code instead of a foreign language. I can offer some perspective here, since I am a coder who speaks English and French.

What has been more valuable in my life: knowing French, or knowing how to code?

Coding has easily been the most valuable skill for me.

But if my second language was English (rather than French,) maybe the tables would be turned. I say this because though French is a great language, and I think the more spoken languages you know the better, French has limited use on the world’s stage. English though, is the language of business … it is a must learn.

Coding is much more like English, it too is an international language of sorts. Knowing how to code has many positive impacts on your life, even if you don’t become a coder!

– See more at: Studioweb.com

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook

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Surface Pro 4 is great, but it can also suck.

February 8, 2016

Hi,

So I bought the Surface Pro 4 shortly after it came out, something I rarely do, because it’s dangerous to buy new tech products when they first come out.  So after a couple of months of use, I can tell you that Surface Pro 4 is both very cool and annoying.

The good:

  • Microsoft got the perfect blend of full computer and tablet. Amazing!
  • The pen is great – I take a lot of notes by hand. Love it!
  • Great screen and the kick-stand is HUGE!

The bad:

  • Whatever you do, don’t put it in sleep mode – many times, it doesn’t wake up and you have to restart. And that’s a pain because the Surface Pro gives you no indicator as to what’s going on.
  • The Surface Doc (that cost $250) doesn’t work half the time. It has troubles driving USB devices and even the monitor.
  • Some general minor flakiness: sometimes the touchscreen doesn’t work (you have to restart,) sometimes the pen doesn’t work … you have to restart.
  • Mouse pointer and UI element size issues: sometimes the mouse pointer looks like one of those giant foam hands you see at a football game. Other times, app buttons are so tiny, you need to buy a magnifying glass to see them. I’ve confirmed these issues weren’t the fault of the apps, because in other Windows 10 machines, this problem does not exist. It is Surface Pro 4.

So overall, it is a great computer that is in late beta. Please fix this otherwise great product Microsoft.

Stefan Mischook
Killersites.com

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Teach Code without Knowing how to Code

February 4, 2016

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Schools want to teach code, but they are having a hard time finding the teachers who know how to code. Studioweb solves that problem.

Studioweb allows teachers to take on the role of a classroom facilitator, as students learn to code with the tools that coders use, while building real websites and web apps that work on both smartphones and traditional computers.

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My new book is getting unanimous 5 star reviews!

January 22, 2016

Hi!

Altogether I have 7-8 reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk … but they are all 5 star! It’s a start!

I haven’t asked yet, but if you bought the book, I would really appreciate it if you could head over to Amazon, and give it a review.

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook

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What’s it like to clean up a 20yr old website?

January 22, 2016

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Hi,

Killersites.com will be officially 20 yrs old this March. This makes it one of the first web design, and code training sites on the Web!

What’s it like to clean up a 20yr old website?

Cleaning up a 20yr old web site, is like cleaning up your (recently deceased) 93yr old aunt’s attic – it’s full of old junk!

Since Killersites.com falls into that ‘dead old aunt’s attic’ category, whenever I do a cleanup, I just do what Microsoft does with each new version of Office, I just create a new layer on top.

… Why do you think Office has gone from a hundreds megs, to a few gigs?

This reminds us why using a CMS makes sense:

These days, for content heavy sites, I would never NOT use a CMS. Besides being able to easily add new content to your site, a CMS will make it MUCH easier to keep the look and the feel of the website up to date. Just change the visual template (WordPress calls these ‘themes’,) and your whole site has the new look, and any new header and footer text you need.

… CMS is short for: content management system.

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