Pangkaraniwang Developer (PD) is an online learning site that teaches software development concepts.
I've had it with newbie developers (and a bunch of "senior ones") not knowing their shit.
Ok, seriously now.
PD aims to help deal with the following problems facing the local IT industry:
By giving away lessons for free, no strings attached. Visitors don't even need to register in order to access the lessons.
Also, to avoid falling into the W3Fools trap, all content will be continously revised with input from the local developer community.
PD is not meant to compete with these sites. In fact, it will be using these sites as reference.
On the other hand, PD will be introducing two other features that these sites do not have:
While it is true that a developer will not go far without solid grasp of the English language given that most documentation are in English, there is no reason for a teacher to use a local language in order to better connect to students, and in turn, better teach complicated lessons to them.
At this point we only have one language (Tagalog, as you would've noticed from the title of the site) but hopefully we would get teachers in all major languages in the country.
Basically, it's a lot easier to learn when you're in charge of what lessons you want to learn.
We all know that the traditional linear approach in learning tends to be inefficient. For example, Lesson 5 was introduced early in a course, but it's only relevant to Lesson 20. By the time you reach Lesson 20, you may have forgotten the concepts in Lesson 5.
But if instead you use a wiki-like approach where each lesson is linked to both past and future lessons, the situation is much more efficient. You can go from Lesson 5 to Lesson 20, then at Lesson 20 you can go back to Lesson 15 where another relevant topic is introduced, and so on.
By using a graph (more specifically, a directed acyclic graph) instead of a linear lesson plan, we also solve the following problems:
As mentioned in the video, this project could be called an "un-startup".
Unlike most startups that focus on building a product to get a positive monetary ROI, this project focuses instead to its goal (building up the local developer pool) while minimizing costs.
So angel investors are pretty much out of the question.
Best case, we could get sponsorships from companies that need competent developers. Realistically, though, most companies would just leech off the lessons for free. Tragedy of the commons, anyone?
So yeah, this whole thing will be funded from my pocket.