The Internet has been obsessed with mob programming for the past decade, but for a long time now, the programming scene has been largely ignored.
When the popular “Mob Programming” subreddit was launched in 2012, it was largely thought of as a hobby of a few fringe nerds, but its members have been actively contributing to mainstream programming projects and creating apps for other platforms.
The subreddit has grown into a platform for community-building, which has been instrumental in helping to shape the future of programming.
Now, the community’s most popular moderator is the man behind Mob Programming.
“When I started this,” Matt Yglesias, a professor at Columbia University and co-founder of the New York Tech Hub, tells Tech Insider, “I was just making a ton of money.
I was getting $150 an hour, but I had this idea that if you could just start a community, it would help you build a better world.”
In the early days of Mob Programming, Ygleesias’ motivation for making it a thriving subreddit came from a love of technology.
He had just been introduced to the idea of programming with a smartphone, and felt like he wanted to learn something more useful and interesting than his computer science classes.
“I’ve been a programmer my whole life,” he says.
“My father was a computer scientist, and so was my uncle.
My dad worked on computers all his life.”
But the only way to actually get his hands on a computer was through the computer science department at Columbia.
“In high school, they had a computer science class, and I went in and took it.
And I was like, I want to do this.
I want a computer,” he recalls.
“And they’re like, ‘We’ve got two classes available for you to take.’
And I’m like, Oh my God.
It’s like, what the fuck am I doing?”
The idea of creating a community where people could learn to code had been in Ygelsias’ head since he was a kid.
He wanted to create a space where he could learn how to code, to become more familiar with the code he loved, and to learn from others.
“What I realized is that the best way to learn is to make it,” he tells Tech Insiders.
“If you want to learn to program, you have to learn how it’s done.
You have to see it in action.
You’ve got to see the code.”
So, for Ygelias, the idea for Mob Programming came about after he came across a website that had been running a group of students from Columbia University.
One of the students, a fellow student named Jeremy, told Yg and Matt that he had been working on a program to find the source code of popular websites.
The code was in a variety of languages, and the students had to type in a number of characters, such as the letter z, to figure out what the website looked like.
They’d also had to try and figure out how to translate the code into another language.
The program wasn’t particularly difficult to write, but it had the added benefit of providing some of the community with a new platform for learning about coding.
“The idea was, if you’re learning how to write code, there’s a lot of places you can learn from other people,” Yg tells Tech News Daily.
“A lot of people have been really good about letting other people contribute, and they’ve been very supportive of it.
So it just seemed like a really good way to try to connect people to each other, and it just kind of worked out really well.”
When Mob Programming started, the main function of the site was to allow users to submit code and receive feedback.
The site was initially focused on creating code that was written for smartphones and tablets, but the team later expanded its scope to include any type of code that could be found on other platforms, such a web app.
“As a result of this, Mob Programming became a great tool for people who want to work on something outside of the computer,” Ygielsias explains.
“We’re still doing it for laptops and tablets.
It just evolved a lot over time.
In addition to the code that Mob Programming users submit to the site, the site hosts a variety (and often bizarre) contests that are designed to encourage people to create apps for their favorite platforms. “
You can find a lot more code that’s written for phones and tablets that’s been done on Mob Programming,” he adds.
In addition to the code that Mob Programming users submit to the site, the site hosts a variety (and often bizarre) contests that are designed to encourage people to create apps for their favorite platforms.
Mob Programming’s mods are responsible for approving these submissions and the submission guidelines, which allow the community to judge which apps are good enough to be released on a platform.
“It’s a very collaborative environment,” Ygs says.
While the site is a community-created place, Ygielias and Matt say it is not a