New YouTube Video and Week One report: Sunshine on my shoulders
What a blast our first week has been! It is all working: the site works, heart strings of old hacks like me are being plucked, and plenty of interest has been generated with very little promotion by myself or Shane. What a joy it is to see so much activity so soon with just a couple reddit, blog, and YCombinator posts to get the word out.
Over the weekend, I finished the FOLDER keyword, which allows you to create folders in your account to keep files separate. With that feature, we have everything you need to load and save files at ClubCompy. I've created my second screencast video and I'd love for you to watch and see just how technologically advanced ClubCompy has become!!! :) Here's the link:
In that video, you my find interesting how I discuss the Compy Clipboard, which allows adult users like you to copy and paste Tasty Language code, (rather than typing it into the shell.) I recognize that adults don't have time to fuss with the shell, and I want adults to have fun with ClubCompy, writing programs and being productive with their favorite external text editor.
Kids, on the other hand, should not be told about copy and paste until they reach high school when they start typing big reports. Copy and paste is a scourge and breeds laziness and poor programming habits. Join me in the campaign to end clipboards forever! Well, erm, ok, maybe that's too extreme.
OKAY so, this coming week, we fuel the rocket and move it to the launch pad. First and foremost, you may have noticed that I SSL encrypt all pages of ClubCompy (going WAY above and beyond the call of duty, if I may say.) I want kids' interactions with ClubCompy to be as safe from internet predators as possible. The downside to the https redirect setup I have is that the site gets extremely low rankings on google -- low to the point where if you google ClubCompy today, you won't find the actual http://ClubCompy.com site in the search results! Since many, MANY people do all of their navigation to websites via Google search, I simply must conquer this issue, or else we lose a huge swath of potential users. I have a plan, and this week Google will learn to love us!
Also, this week I plan to add proper styles to all pages that need styles and Shane and I will add the sorely needed "About Us/Contact Us" and "What is ClubCompy?" pages. I had to make my Christmas deadline, and I launched the site as soon as I had the hardware setup to do it. So I just cut some style and content corners to make all that happen. ;)
Finally, there are a couple of creature comforts that I need to implement before I can unleash the masses on ClubCompy.com, and if I have the time, I will add them: the site needs password recovery and change password functions. It's all about polish this week, and then ... the big push and ClubCompy media blitz extravaganza!! Oprah, I'm ready for your "favorite things" show! (Call me!?)
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