One of the great things about going to conferences is the chance conversations you have with people about random topics. Having a few days to cover a bunch of topics in a bunch of sessions creates the space to talk about new things and have a lot of these types of conversations. During a conversation at RubyConf in Denver last month I found out about a Google project called Blockly which has become a bit of an obsession of mine in the month since then.
It’s pretty early days for Blockly and there’s still a lot of changes being made to the core of the code, but it’s already a very cool concept. There’s a demo using mazes which I’ve been particularly interested in – I think it’d be a good way to teach programming basics to kids while still being a fun puzzle game. I’m working on creating a series of mazes to do just that. I’ll post more when it’s complete.