Episode 1

Published on:

21st Jan 2023

JavaScript notebooks: RunKit and Observable

I'd Rather Be Scripting is back after the holiday break!

Kerri and Ash start with follow-up from "Episode 7: Decker, Lil, and a good dose of HyperCard nostalgia". Decker developer John Earnest reached out with a few app updates relevant to episode 7, including:

  • X-Ray Specs, a super power for seeing through the Lil script editor into the deck to speed up script development
  • Improved column formatting for creating and manipulating table data on the fly (as well as documentation improvements for column formatting)
  • Confirmation that locking a deck is essentially kiosk mode in Decker

The Coding with Nylas YouTube video that Ash mentions is "Episode 41: How to build an agenda using Decker (HyperCard) and Ruby".


For our main topic, Kerri talks to us about her findings in the land of JavaScript notebooks. Specifically, Kerri shares some details about:

Kerri is looking into JavaScript notebooks to support her students at We Connect the Dots, which educates students about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Check out the We Connect the Dots Code-A-Thon 2023 page for details in case you'd like register someone who'd like to learn to code (ages 13-18) in the future, or if you'd like to sponsor events in the future!

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About the Podcast

I'd Rather Be Scripting
Adventures in Technology Tangents
Ash and Kerri go on mostly random tangents about technology, music, photography, and just about anything else. You never know what you'll hear!

About your hosts

Ash Ryan Arnwine

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Here! #DevRel human. #JavaScript hacker. #vinyl newb. Life tourist.
 Wouldn't you rather be scripting?

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Kerri Shotts

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Principal Product Manager for UXP @Adobe, #JavaScript fangirl, Technical writer, Photographer, #Trans (she/her), #Atheist. All opinions are my own.

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