One of my college friends – the ever-so-awesome code warrior Lou Maresca – mentioned that he is a cohost (with Robert Ballecer, SJ- the Digital Jesuit also known as Padre) on a netshow called Coding 101 over on TWiT. Now I have to admit it … up until this point, I really hadn’t heard much about TWiT, let alone shows. Anyhow, Lou asked if I would appear on one of their wildcard episodes, and I figured why not!
So I did some research before the show to see what I was getting myself into.
What is Coding 101 all about?
From what I can tell….
- Wildcard episodes have people from the community come and talk with Lou & Padre about whatever is going on with the guest and what people should know. Some wildcard episodes or topics have included:
- Modules cover languages and lessons on how to work with them. Topics have included:
Basically… this is my cup of tea!
So… what is TWiT and Coding 101 about?
Well, first of all, we did a live recording on September 21. I hadn’t realized just what all that entailed on the TWiT side of things. They have a studio that’s live recording all the time, complete with an IRC chat channel of a lively bunch of people.
The best description of what they do is on their site: What is TWiT.tv?
I’m not going to lie – the first time I logged into the live site, waiting to go live, I had a fan girl moment while talking with Lou. I had done research on Coding 101 but not enough on TWiT to know that it’s Leo Laporte’s baby. I had no idea that our live session was following his segment. I nearly lost it – the “OMG! That’s Leo Laporte! That’s the guy from Screensavers on TechTV when I was much younger! Wait… we’re following him?!?” moment. *facepalm*
So anyhow… we were recording live on September 21. I was nervous, as this was the largest Internet recording – podcast or netshow – that I had done, and I hadn’t worked with such a big crew before. At one point, one of the TWiT crew had said something to me about moving my microphone, and that was the oddest experience ever – having someone else’s voice in my head besides the voices of the show really messed with me. Did I really hear that? Was there a guy’s voice talking to me to ask me to adjust my mic?!?
Overall, how was the recording live experience?
Introverted me was terrified going into this, but Padre and Lou are awesome hosts who keep things moving along conversationally, which put me at ease a ton! The chat channel was great too – very much an interactive bunch.
From the feedback I’m seeing so far, I look forward to returning and probably speaking on PowerShell!
So… where is your wildcard episode? How can we see it?
Check it out: Coding 10184 – Wildcard with Sarah Dutkiewicz