I’d like to start working on a book on the streaming API, but I’ve learned that actually walking people through code and installs is best before writing it all down. I’m learning a lot about where the sticking points are by helping people install the new version of the framework. It seems like running processes in Linux may be the biggest hurdle for most. I have always assumed that this was the starting point for PHP coding, but apparently not.
Most of my recent support work has been done through Twitter, which sucks as a support medium. Getting Twitter people to use email is surprisingly difficult. I’ve known this for a long time, but it still confuses me. I think my best bet is to start running Google Hangouts on the streaming API code. It will let me share my screen, and get real-time feedback and questions. I’m a big believer in this. I used to teach dBASE for about a dozen years, and nothing beats trying things in front of a live audience when it comes to learning what works and doesn’t pedagogically. Google Hangouts will also let me save the session and post it on my site.
I’ll look into this and see if I can start next week. Watch my Twitter feed for details.