We were looking at some educational content out there for open source data tools and we noticed some flaws.
- There's a lot of hype.
- The new tools get a lot of attention while the old tricks still work just fine.
- The people who write the documentation typically don't understand what it is like not to understand it.
It's a real shame. We can really do some good if a diverse set of folks understand data tech but there's a lot of barriers. Part of the problem is learning anxiety. There's an overload of content but a lack of direction. No sense of calm. This website hopefully gives a small remedy to this situation by sticking to a few principles.
1. Calm Content
Tech needs to have less skill anxiety. We don't want to overpromise or even suggest that you "must have these skills". That would be non-sense. Instead we just hope to show you tools and thoughts that might make your professional life more enjoyable.
No experience points, paid-for certificates or pressure, just short videos and code snippets.
2. Patience and Iteration
Great blogposts are the result of an inspiring idea, not a deadline. Educational content is the same.
We want the contributors of this project to delight in the idea of finding the best analogies, metaphors and examples for code and algorithms. You cannot force this by having a team work on this project full time. Instead you let it happen by having a small group of trusted folks do their day to day work while keeping track of lessons they learn along the way that can be shared.
3. Show, don't tell.
A lot of educational content out there is lengthy because the content 'tells' rather than 'shows'. One could explain how an oven works, but this won't teach you how to cook. Instead you should start from scratch and from there solve a problem. This is a more reproducible attitude, especially to somebody who is learning in a hurry.
This project is an experiment and it is more like a blog than a company. It will calmly evolve over time and we'll see where it goes. The best teacher for this platform won't be the type of person who is willing to make content full time. Instead, it is someone who is also learning over time and when inspiration strikes is able to make amazing content.
This is great news because that means we don't have to consider investors with unhealthy growth ambitions. The incentives can align towards calm content for the people interested in learning as well as a calm side project for the contributors.
This feels like it is something that should exist. Which is why we started it.