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Once the site grows bigger, Livecoding.TV plans to monetize its platform the same way Twitch does too — through viewer donations, subscriptions, and private channels.
Now you can watch people code — live — 24/7
First published April 7, 2015: 11:28 AM ET
When you log into Livecoding.TV, you can browse videos based on whats currently being live-streamed, whats archived (all live-streams are archived), which live broadcasts are coming up, coding language, and difficulty level.
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Livecoding.TVis a new platform where people can watch and
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Its the love child of two exploding trends in technology and digital media right now: live-streaming and coding.
Earlier this year, a website calledWatch People Codeemerged from asubredditto try to solve this problem too, but it relies on user suggestions and live-streams from other platforms like Reddit and YouTube.
Livecoding.TV co-founder Jamie Green says he sees people coding in C, Python, and Java most frequently, but there isnt an overall trend.
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Developers have been recording their coding process for years, but the videos are scattered across personal blogs or sites like YouTube, Twitch, and Reddit. This makes it difficult for viewers to find the videos they need.
Names for each video are typically combinations of the project or product and the computer language. Kivy – WeatherApp, PHP MVC Framework Dev, and Facebook API + JS are a few examples of whats been streamed.
Many of the products developed live online are iPhone or Android apps. There are also games and fun projects like a program to3D-print parts to make a Pokeball(see screenshot, below).
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The new, free site gives people who are learning to code a way to watch, learn, and talk to more experienced developers.
interact with developers as they code products in real-time.
Last year Twitch, a live-streaming platform dedicated mostly to video game playing, attracted 100 million monthly unique viewers.Amazon(AMZN)recognized the market potential for live-stream video content andacquired Twitch for $970 million in 2014.
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There wasnt a dedicated place where both types of people could go, Green said. Livecoding.TV fills that gap, he added.
Because all of the live-streams are archived, one self-employed developer also wants to use the platform to document the entire process of coding his project, a 2-D physics game, from start to finish.
Livecoding.TV is nowhere near this size but its still in beta mode. Since its launch a month ago, more than 20,000 people from 156 countries have joined the platform, both as broadcasters and viewers, surpassing its founders expectations.
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I think that would be a fun thing to do,Adam Wulftold CNNMoney. [Viewers] could watch a historical record of it being created.
For developers, its a chance to teach, solicit feedback, and market themselves.
Livecoding.TV — from its design to business strategy, on the other hand — is modeled closely toTwitch, and its easy to see why.
App developer Adam Wulf broadcasts himself coding on .
The site mirrors the links, and is sorted by starting time, Watch People Codes founder and main developer Alexander Putilin said. If you want to go to thesubreddit, the videos are sorted by upvotes.
Once you start watching live-streams, the experience is the same: A video player and chat room dominants the top two-thirds of the page. The bottom third is dedicated to a profile of the developer and a link to previous videos.
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