Behind the mirror: The birth of Light Table
At Microsoft I had the unique opportunity to sit behind a one way mirror and watch people try to solve problems. I saw firsthand how they use their tools, how they go about understanding new code and finding bugs, but what struck me was how little we’ve done to help people get their work done. It made me realize that we don’t fully understanding our own craft and that there’s so much more we can discover. In this talk we’ll discuss the things I learned behind that mirror and from the front of a classroom, so that we can imagine what the future of tools could be.
I grew up as part of the nintendo generation, having learned the parts of a computer at the age of two and later learning numbers and colors from a Sesame Street game on the NES. I started programming at the age of ten and took my first paid development gig at 17. Since then I’ve built websites large and small, written frameworks and libraries used by thousands, taught developers around the world, and helped envision the future of development at Microsoft. These days, I’m the co-founder of Kodowa, where we’re building Light Table, a new vision for how we create and learn.