On Nov 2, 2012, at 2:09 PM, Mita Williams wrote:

> +1 to web-hosting as it gives the ability install one's own software on
> one's domain (which feels great) *and* easy access to shell.
> And when web-hosting feels like too much of a barrier to access, sites like
> jsfiddle where you can immediately start adding *and* sharing code is key.
> IMHO the initial appeal of Code Academy was that it removed all barriers to
> getting started.  Getting a laptop's localhost set up is too daunting for a
> first step, I think.

If that's a problem for people, it might be worth looking at the various
*AMP (LAMP, WAMP, MAMP) stacks for an easy install of Apache, mySQL + perl
/ python / php.

We're probably moving away from locally hosted services towards 'the cloud'
for the most part (remember when they used to be called 'service providers'?)
but it's still useful to learn a little something about configuring a
webserver / database / etc.

And it's generally more locked down in the various *AMP stacks than if
you went and installed them individually, so there aren't quite the
same level of problems w/ security.