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Watch people code in real-time on Livecoding.TV

Natali Vlatko
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Ever had the desire to watch and interact with developers as they code in real-time? Then take a look at the live-streaming platform that allows programmers to teach and market themselves, while others watch and learn.

Livecoding.TV is the name and real-time coding is the game. The deal is that you get to watch people code products, live from the comfort of your own laptop.

The team behind the new phenomenon are hoping to connect people through the programming languages that they love, be it Java, Python, JavaScript, Ruby or a whole stack more. The service allows you to “interact with developers, see them solve real problems and build real products”.

Co-founder Jamie Green describes the portal as a place where they focus on production level coding, rather than teaching the basics:

Livecoding.TV blends education with entertainment, socializing and killing time/boredom to combine into something we hope will be pretty great! You will be able to watch professional coders build real products and, if you are a subscriber, you will be able to ask questions and even access the source code.

Green wants to leave learning basic code to sites like Codeacademy and Coursera. The site itself is modelled on the likes of Twitch, which has become the go-to source for live-streaming of video game play.

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Despite production-level coding being the target, the streams can still be categorised as beginner, intermediate or expert. Live-streams are also archived, meaning a product could have its build documented from start to finish on the platform.

Any variety of products can be built and streamed by the service, with the vast majority being iOS and Android apps at present.

DevWars – a battle of code

Another live-streaming startup to turn heads is DevWars, a concept that pits two teams of three against one another in a battle to produce the best work of their coding ability. All code is done in a single programming language: HTML, CSS or JavaScript.

The battles are live-streamed on Twitch and include set game rules:

  1. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript + jQuery allowed
  2. No Frameworks of any kind
  3. Watching DevWars on Twitch is prohibited during game. Listening is allowed
  4. No Copy and Pasting anything but code from teammates as well as URLs
  5. No editing other languages other than the one you’ve been assigned
  6. Changes cannot be made after countdown is finished
  7. You cannot use animations in CSS, only JavaScript
  8. Libraries are allowed, but copying snippets from libraries are not
  9. No inline styling

The team behind the concept are also hoping to build a big community following for the stream, with Reddit, Facebook and Twitter portals all set up.

The first season of the stream finished recently, with the second season set to launch on May 7th, 2015. Interested punters can sign up to the DevWars mailing list to receive news here.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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