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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Hi

    I think this is a great idea too.
    Anyone who wonders why Ruby on Rails, is so popular need go no further than their screencast page to see how easy it is http://www.rubyonrails.org/screencasts/ [rubyonrails.org].
    Of course we know its probably easier and more fun in Perl.

    My recommendation for creating such screencasts is wink. http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ [debugmode.com].
    (Its opensource, Windows/Linux and creates a Small flash swf file from your demo)
    It comes with 2 screen cast tutorials.
    After looking at those, that you be up and running a in a matter of minutes.
    When I am recording sound I use the key stroke mode but when talking keep off the keys and mouse so all the audio is captured in one frame.
    I find the best approach is to say what you are going to do and then do it.
    Your mileage may vary.

    Does anyone else have recommendations for screen cast software?
    (The tutorials for Java one (http://developers.sun.com/learning/javaoneonline/ [sun.com])are quite nice, a kind of simple power point presentation where the pages are linked to audio - anyone know of something similar in Perl )

    But before we run off and start recording things I think some planning might (?) be in order.
    In much the same way as the CPAN is huge asset to the Perl community I think a Comprehensive Perl ScreenCast Network
    (Someone please think of a better name!) has the potential add similar value to the community.

    I would like to see all the screen casts in one central place, so they are easy find.
    I would like to see some control over screen casts.
    How would you feel if someone started teaching you poor Perl practices?

    So maybe initially a page on CPAN like the script page. (which I don’t mind helping/maintaining).
    Maybe a new section in on PerlMonks?
    But going forward something more like scripts submission mechanism on the vim site http://www.vim.org/ [vim.org] where you can vote and leave comments about scripts.

    Do we need a place to put other assets from the tutorial? e.g. completed files.

    Does anyone have any ideas on the best place to host such a page(s) and take this idea to the next stage.

    So just to summaries, I’m not saying we shouldn’t use something like video.google.com, we probably should. I am saying there should be a central place people go when they are looking for a screencast, which has votes and comments (searchable text etc )about screencasts, and links to screencasts where ever they may be.

    I'm keen to help make this happen.
    If I can help in any way let me know.

    - AutoMagicMike