In this episode, you'll hear:
- How Val Town created a standards-based and open social website
- Why and how Vals were designed to be composable and interoperable
- How focusing on end-programmer programming will pave the way for Steve's vision of teaching users to code incrementally and customize their experiences with third-party software
Here's a glance at the episode...
- [3:00] Steve shares his background on teaching kids to code, running the Future of Coding Podcast, and starting Val Town
- [16:00] Steve explains his adoption plan: start with the hobbyists and making a delightful product, then create features that work for businesses
- [18:00] We discuss how Val Town took a note from Twitter and prioritized small composable snippets of code in the browser
- [24:30] We explore the pros and cons of utilizing the mighty @ sign and JSON in Val Town
- [30:30] Steve describes Val Town as a social website. In this age of centralized social media and its pitfalls, Val Town is a way to make your experience on the web more interoperable and shareable.
- [34:20] Val Town's goal is to be what GitHub is to Git
- [40:00] Steve shares what's new in ValTown v3
- [47:25] Steve explains who his current users are (programmers) and his vision to make Val Town a place where people can incrementally learn to code over time
- [58:00] We learn the plans for Val Town post v3
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Val Town v3 comes out on Monday, October 23rd, 2023!
Episode Links and Shoutouts:
Causal Islands Theme Song by depatchedmode
Editing by Becky Vazquez