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Alex A
@conatus
:D
John
@artworkjpm
Anyone learning javascript / jquery? how are you finding it? how will you use your skills when you finish tutorials, what will you make?
Carolina Sawney
@assembly21
Hi there,
Does anyone recommend a good tutorial about polyfills. I need to apply one for one html5 element on a three page portfolio website with a contact form, a gradient, a shadow and a transform or animation. I've searched online, but the quality seems diverse and not knowing the topic, I thought I'd better ask here. Thanks a lot in advance.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
hi @assembly21, you might need more than one polyfill, it might make more sense to try something like modernizr
Carolina Sawney
@assembly21
Yes, I have to use Modernizr, but only one polyfill, because it's an exercise. Is it just the link to Modernizr then?
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
I don't really know a huge amount about it to be honest, but I was under the impression you add a link to modernizr, which will automatically detect all of the things a browser can and can't do.
Then you can use Modernizr.load() to load polyfills
Adrian Silva
@skiold
hi there, what to expect as a first time coach in Brighton tonight?
Adrian Silva
@skiold
oh, I finally found the link to the invitation
Rosa Fox
@Rosa-Fox
Hi, 18.30 - 21.00pm will be eating pizza and chatting. 7pm - 9pm we split into pairs and take the students either through tutorials on the website, or help them with their own projects if possible. If you would like, Ryan who co-organises Codebar can sit with you and give you some mentoring advice before the coding starts? Otherwise there is some advice here: http://www.codebar.io/effective-teacher-guide. See you later!
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Hello guys, joining in to help with anything needed in London. My friend invited me to this actually said that maybe I could coach... anything I should be aware of as a first timer? Is there any guide to contributing to the tutorials or
just writing future ones?
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Oh, now that I've seen the link I see it fills up pretty quickly.. so just gotta wait for a better chance
Alex Jahraus
@fanaugen
Sorry guys, can no longer attend tomorrow – I see that there’s less than two students per coach anyway, so you’ll be fine without me :)
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Wish I could go... but I understand this waiting list has maybe 20 before me...
Despo Pentara
@despo
There were 2 coaches and 20 students on the waiting list last I checked. @fanaugen if you change your RSVP your spot should be given to the next person waiting.
@knuxus is it as a coach that you want to attend? The waiting list for coaches is never that long (just checked again, there are 3 people now, and another one was already allocated a spot)
Despo Pentara
@despo
@knuxus sorry I missed the previous messages. You should definitely coach! Invitations go out on Wednesday night usually, so if you respond by Thursday morning, or even Friday (for the coach invitations) you should get a spot. The tutorials are all open source at github.com/codebar/tutorials so you can improve things, pick up existing issues or if you have any suggestions about missing tutorials you are more than welcome to do one. Pretty sure I have a brief guide on taht somewhere, just need to find it. :)
Alexander Kustov
@alexanderkustov
Thansk for reaching out @despo , i'll see to it
Alex Pounds
@creature
Coaches coming to London tonight: do any of you have a laptop that a student can use?
Despo Pentara
@despo
@creature I will bring one spare, hopefully we should be able to get a couple more.
Alex Pounds
@creature
Super!
Nick Jacobs
@njacobs5074
Hi everybody. I've signed up as a new coach at codebar. I was working through the JS tutorials and I thought that the AJAX Part 2 would be a good place to introduce functions in JS as first class entities and some basic information hiding techniques using closures. Thoughts? Comments? Thanks.
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
njacobs5074: I think rather than introduce them there they might be better suited to their own tutorial, then perhaps an AJAX part 2 revisited, with new technique applied.
njacobs5074: pretty big opinions seeing as I haven't done any work toward it :P
John
@artworkjpm
Am I being silly here but when I try to download the files for the javascript tutorial here http://tutorials.codebar.io/js/lesson2/tutorial.html the download file is unreadable as its a strange compressed one, not a regular zip file?
Baris Balic
@barisbalic
artworkjpm: are you using windows?
David Miller
@Orangetronic
It's compressed with a utility called gzip. If you're on a windows system, you'll need an archive facility like Power Archiver or Winzip to extract it.
John
@artworkjpm
oh I just downloaded a disgusting license heavy winzip to get these files... :S
Alex Pounds
@creature
@njacobs5074: I agree with Baris. Students often find it really hard to get their heads around AJAX, so I'd expect first-class functions & closures to be a total brainmelt there. And you could definitely get an hour's tutorial out of them alone...
David Miller
@Orangetronic
@artworkjpm :worried: I wonder if there's a better Windows way to deal with gzip… I know Winzip is pretty dire…
Alex Pounds
@creature
We recommend 7-zip in the getting started guide, but I don't know if that's "adequate" or "actually good".
Nick Jacobs
@njacobs5074
@creature @barisbalic I do see your respective points about having a "redux" with closures & functions and then the overloading concern. I'll hold onto this thought for now because obviously you want to introduce these more advanced concepts at the right juncture. Thanks for your feedback.
David Miller
@Orangetronic
@creature, it's open source… so it'll be less bloatware-y than winzip :)
Jon Kelly
@jkbits1
7-zip aways feels a bit unintuitive, but it works fine on Windows
It would be really nice to have a tutorial on closures to add to the other tutorials
Alex Pounds
@creature
@njacobs5074: I think having a tutorial on it is a really good idea, though! If it's something you're interested in, I'd say have a crack at writing one and send a pull request. :)
And I'm sure we can pair you up with a student at Codebar so you can get some live feedback on it.
Nick Jacobs
@njacobs5074
@creature: Challenge accepted. I'll give it a stab. :)
Andrew Betts
@triblondon
Just signed up as a coach and got my first invite to the event at pivotal on the 14th. Is it dog friendly?
Alex Jahraus
@fanaugen

@triblondon not sure, but tweet your question to @nodunayo, our host at Pivotal Labs, she’ll be able to help.

Also some people (like myself) have dog allergies, and the room at the Pivotal Labs offices is rather small, but I guess sitting far away from the dog should not be a problem :)

Kriszta Matyi
@matyikriszta
@triblondon I asked Nadia, our host at Pivotal Labs, and the office is unfortunately not dog friendly. Hopefully you can still make it to the workshop!
Andrew Betts
@triblondon
OK, thanks folks. It's not a problem, I'd be sad if I arrived to find you had a whole menagerie and I had left Shadow at home.
Jarkyn
@indykid
@matyikriszta how do i switch from being a student to being a coach...
Kriszta Matyi
@matyikriszta
@indykid subscribe to the London Coaches group and unsubscribe from the London Students group. You should start getting invitations for coaches :)
Tomáš Fejfar
@tomasfejfar
Hi, I subscribed to Cambridge group as coach. I am still not sure though how much knowledge am I supposed to have. I've been developing PHP web apps for 9 years now. I think I have enough experience to guide anyone through the first tutorials except the Ruby one. Do you think that's a problem? I could go thŕough the Ruby tutorial and learn it, but there is no chance that I will have answers to every problem the students may have.
Jon Kelly
@jkbits1
@tomasfejfar As a coach at the London codebar group, most coaches only coach some of the tutorials, so it's not necessary to know everything. Many students have little experience, so the role of coaches is to be part of a supportive environment, just as much as answering questions. Have a good time coaching!
Tomáš Fejfar
@tomasfejfar
Happy to hear that! :) I'm looking forward to it.