Mary Dickson Diaz

Code, Life, Learning

watch someone code something weird

Last week Darius Kazemi made a twitter bot via live-code. It’s really fun to see his thought process and trial/error. He plays with RiTa for JavaScript, a natural language processor (which ironically, might be exactly what I need for a non-bot project… stay tuned!).

He uses Node, JavaScript, and something called “grunt” to initiate the project (starts at 7 mins in if you want to skip ahead).

Josh walked in while I was watching and commented “Darius is such a great teacher.” He is! Love to see this live coding.

Maybe I will attempt a live-code (or record-code) session. Could be a good way to get over my fear of video and also impose a strict “make something in an hour” timeline.

I have a month to play (more on that to come as well) so this is all timely. 🙂 Enjoy!

p.s. this post is for Jessie, my favorite/only reader.


  1. Aw, thanks! 🙂

  2. Not sure what I think about this whole live coding thing. I watched the first 15 minutes. Who is this Darius guy and why does he have time to just code whatever comes to mind?

    • He has time because he made time! He’s the founder of and I saw somewhere (twitter maybe) that he’s purposefully trying to do more live coding since moving to Portland, perhaps to help newbies like me, maybe because it keeps him sharp, maybe to build community. All good side effects. Anyway, I thought you would like the natural language tool he plays with here.

      • I definitely appreciated the natural language stuff. I’ve written lots of parsers, stemmers, etc. over the years! 🙂

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