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Developing for Fun

719435d98d452de7ac367c828266cf01?s=47 Erika Heidi
November 08, 2013

Developing for Fun

Developing for fun - talk presented at Codeconnexx 2013

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Erika Heidi

November 08, 2013
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  2. whoami • Brazilian PHP / Web Developer living in Amsterdam

    • Works with independent projects • Contacts • Twitter: @erikaheidi • Blog: erikaheidi.com 2
  3. define:fun fun [/fʌn/] noun. enjoyment, amusement, or light-hearted pleasure. Synonyms:

    entertainment, amusement, excitement, gratification [...] 3
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  5. Fun and the Learning Process (...) when we scrub joy

    and comfort from the classroom, we distance our students from effective information processing and long-term memory storage. Instead of taking pleasure from learning, students become bored, anxious, and a n y t h i n g b u t e n g a g e d. Judy Willis, The Neuroscience of Joyful Education “ 5
  6. The Fun Theory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw 6

  7. Fun promotes engagement

  8. Fun makes learning easier

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  11. Programming for Fun • No pressure, no boss • You

    can experiment • Best way for learning new tools • Its YOUR idea 11
  12. Lucky you, programmer! • You have all the tools you

    need • Not a designer? Try ThemesForest • Not a programmer? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 12
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  14. A few thoughts on creativity • programming is a very

    creative activity, if you didn't notice yet • human beings are creative by nature • creative thinking first, evaluation later • most of the ideas we have are based on something else and that's ok. do it different! 14
  15. From the Concept to the Project • Ideas have a

    timing • When you have a clearer idea of what you want, start project design • Take it seriously! • Stay open to new technologies - best opportunity to learn • Think about monetizing possibilities - it might change your model 15
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  17. Open Source Fun

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  19. Fabgit • a fabulous and open source git output wrapper

    • a phar package using whatthejeff/fab • when I received my first pull request ever =) 19
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  22. Placephant • an open source placeholder featuring elephpants • Using

    Silex and Flint • got spread quickly before I even tweet about it • all the cool geeks are using! =P 22
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  24. Twitter Fun

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  26. Great Zoltar • Open source twitter bot application (a fortune-teller)

    • Using Cilex, the cli framework by @mvriel • A reason: plain and simple funny fun (and I loved BIG, the movie) 26
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  29. TweetAuditor • A free monitoring service for Twitter • Something

    I built for myself • Amazing repercussion • No resources to keep it running the way it was built • Refactoring is planned, but the service model must change 29
  30. Image Fun

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  32. FotoMontagens • Easy photo editing / photo montage tools •

    Using GD and Imagemagick • For the brazilian masses! • Successfully monetized with Google Adsense • Refactoring is ongoing 32
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  34. When to use Quick and Dirty The problem with quick

    and dirty is that the dirty remains long after the quick has been forgotten. - Steve C McConnell 34
  35. Plan ahead for reuse • think in reusable components •

    progressive development • open sourcing the components is good 35
  36. Advertisement • yes, it works! • but you need to

    focus on bigger audiences • and you need to keep engaging the public and working hard! 36
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  39. Programmers who don’t code in their spare time for fun

    will never become as good as those that do. 20 controversial programming opinions “ 39
  40. Questions?

  41. Thanks! ;) https://joind.in/9611 41