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Easy as Pie? - Teaching Code Literacy



Sarah Allen talks on how to introduce children to the basics of programming, presenting a new related language called “Pie” along with lessons learned from creating a DSL in Ruby.


Sarah Allen leads Blazing Cloud, a San Francisco consulting firm. She is also co-founder of Mightyverse, a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures, and she is President of RailsBridge. Sarah Allen worked on After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video, and OpenLaszlo. Sarah was named one of the top 25 women of the web by San Francisco Women of the Web in 1998.

About the conference

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that aims to bring together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow's technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, mobile development, and the web.

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Oct 28, 2011

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  • Word

    by Alex Miller,

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    One of my favorite quotes: "Teaching a class in Word is like teaching a class in pencil" ~40min mark.

  • Re: Word

    by William Pollock,

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    Liked that too, and the insight/realization that kids today mainly use computing devices (phones, tablets) that are essentially closed platforms, that offer them no means to program by themselves.

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