I started the rewrite of my Cairns talk about programming, blogs and wikis on Office Writer / MS Word but was also making another version on a new wiki I have just created, Learning theory evolves
The linear word doc became unmanageable because I kept cross referencing multiple blog and wiki posts from the past and sometimes selecting extracts from them. After a while my presentation became too large and it was very difficult to keep the doc version and the wiki version in synch. I only have a 30 minute time slot.
I can only put it together coherently in hyper media
I have to do it in this way. Present an introduction, which is essential philosophical / developmental:
- ... programming is one of the best games
- we author ourselves with language, with the help of others
- eat your own dogfood
- routine skill development / open ended challenges
- serious / fun
- doing / documenting
- individual / group
- spoon feeding / eat your own dogfood
The reader can find their own path through this and decide what to do with it. That suits the reader / audience / perhaps future collaborator better too.
Most of it was created and documented in hypermedia as we went along, by myself and my students. Since it was initially created there it has to stay there and be documented in that way. Otherwise it would be artificially constrained and truncated. You can't put hypermedia back into linear format. It's silly to try.
It will succeed or fail on the quality of the philosphy / dynamics. The detail is important too, of course, but there is too much detail, so the audience is invited to pursue their own interests wrt the detail.
The current version of my presentation is here.