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Video walk-throughs: "live" coding vs going through written code?

João Antunes
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I've done some video walk-throughs and am preparing some new ones, but there's a doubt I still have:

Should I code while recording or have the code prepared beforehand and go through it?

On one hand I think it's cool to see the coding process, but that makes the videos longer and may make them boring.

What do you think?

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Frank Carr

I've been watching some Docker tutorials over the past week or so. I've liked both of them. The live coding ones showed me that some of the things I ran into are the same ones that other people encounter as well (like problems switching from Linux to Windows containers). On the other hand, a well produced and edited demo of a technique makes ideas more clear and concise, especially when accompanied by good, working, code examples.

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João Antunes Author

Yes, well produced and edited videos are probably the best, but require a lot of extra post processing work. I'll probably skip that option for now, maybe when I want to improve my video editing skills I take into account.

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Fernando Costa • Edited

It really depends of your schedule and experience.

Live videos usually go up to 4 hours. Fitting 4 hours in a workday without damaging your family/social/work life can be a pain.

Nevertheless, it's more rewarding since you can see the struggles and the approaches to solve a real problem. If it has a live chat, even better, because more people will throw in their solutions.

With an edited video, sometimes those problems are not even addressed.

I started to realize this, while watching the Coding Train on YouTube. Link below.

youtube.com/user/shiffman

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João Antunes Author

Yeah, 4 hour video sessions are not in my near future 🙂

I'm not going with streaming (at least for now), but rather uploading a stream like recording, which allows me to do the necessary breaks.

But I guess the key takeaway is that you find it valuable the see the process, and not just the thing done, good to know! 👍

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miku86

Hey João,

I like to see "real" work, especially solving errors and other daily challenges. Therefore I only watch & create live coding sessions.

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João Antunes Author

Yeah, I agree, seeing the project being built "live" seems more interesting.

I only worry people may find the longer videos boring, as particularly in the initial steps of a project there are a lot of little things one needs to do that may not be the most interesting - or maybe I'm wrong, could not be interesting to someone who already knows it, but important to someone learning it.

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