EmacsConf 2021

November 27 and 28, 2021

Emacs Logo


There are now two posters available to promote the event these can be found here



Software Freedom Camp

Just spotted this on the Fediverse (Mastodon)

The world celebrates Software Freedom Day today with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and it is in the same spirit and excitement that we announce today the Software Freedom Camp Diversity Edition. Diversity edition is aiming to reach out to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by under-representation in the technical industry in India.

We're glad to announce that the registration for both learners and mentors are open for Software Freedom Camp Diversity Edition –

Apply as learner – Apply as mentor –

Poster credits – @avronr and @kannan

#sfcamp #freesoftware Software Freedom Camp 2021

Arkanoid game in Python

Your First Game in Python: Create an Arkanoid Clone in less than 30 minutes.

Free Code Camp Courses 17/9/2021

Just sharing these as they could be useful for Code Club.

  1. Blockchain isn't just for investing – you can use these distributed database tools to automate tasks as well. That's where Smart Contracts come in. This Python course will show you how to use Solidity to code your own Smart Contracts right onto the Ethereum blockchain. 16 hour YouTube course

  2. Linux is the most widely-used operating system in the world. It powers most web servers. And since Android was built on top of Linux, it runs on most mobile devices. If you're interested in a career in software development or cyber security, you will want to learn Linux and its command line tools. This course will teach you the basics of Linux servers, networking, and security. 5 hour YouTube course

Latest from FreeCodeCamp 3/9/2021

  1. This course will teach you the basics of Machine Learning. A young Data Scientist will walk you through some of the main ways engineers use key Machine Learning techniques. He will also show you how to tackle the classic problem of overfitting or underfitting your data. (10 hour YouTube course):
  1. These days you can code right in your browser on sites like But if you have never coded on your own computer before, this course will help you install Python and a code editor so you can start programming offline. Jabrils, a self-taught game developer, will teach you basic Python data structures, algorithms, conditional logic, and more. (5 hour YouTube course):
  1. Also, a few months back freeCodeCamp published an entire book on Docker, which you can bookmark to use as a reference. Docker is definitely worth learning, and we ourselves use it on more than 60 of freeCodeCamp's servers. (4 hour read):

Write your own compiler

I am sharing this here as well as on my personal blog.

Another post found on Mastodon. This was posted by Dr. Brian Callahan.



#Write,#Own,#Compiler,#Programming,#Blog,#coding #code #program #programming #compiler #compile #compilers

Kick off your code with the Summer of Sport!

Code CLub Summer 2021 coding challenge

With the summer holidays underway, the Olympics producing more inspirational sport, it will be a great summer of sport. Code club have launched their summer coding challenge.

Over the next few months, we’re inviting young people across the world to embrace the spirit of the sporting calendar and get coding with some activity-themed projects over the holidays. Find out how your club members can get active with code this summer! 

You can find more information on the Code Club blog.


Big blue button – meeting login how_to.

You will be sent a link that looks similar to :- and a room passcode e,g :024430

Note: will auto-forward to this is

Follow the link and you will be presented with the following set of screens:-


Please enter the PASSCODE you were sent in the box provided


Now enter YOUR NAME in to the box provided.

Login3 You will now need to WAIT, for the moderator to let you in

Final steps are to check your sound is working.



Finally, the echo test. This allows you to check your mic and headset, is working


Once completed, you will be able to take part in the meeting.


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Free E-books and e-learning

As I am on the mailing list for Free Code Camp [1]. I was recently sent an e-mail to get some Free E-books on a range of programming / coding languages, detailed below.

  • The Python Handbook. 115 pages. Spring 2021. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Linux Commands Handbook. 135 pages. Fall 2020. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Deno Beginner’s Handbook. 46 pages. Spring 2020. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The JavaScript Beginner’s Handbook. 76 pages. Early 2020. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The C Beginner’s Handbook. 77 pages. Early 2020. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Next.js Handbook. 102 pages. Fall 2019. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Svelte Handbook. 41 pages. Fall 2019. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The HTML Handbook 87 pages. Summer 2019. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The CSS Handbook 173 pages. Spring 2019. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • JavaScript from ES5 to ESNext. 75 pages. Early 2019. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The React Beginner’s Handbook. 40 pages. Fall 2020. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Node.js Handbook. 189 pages. Fall 2018. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Express.js Handbook. 61 pages. Fall 2018. PDF, ePub, Mobi
  • The Vue.js 2 Handbook 122 pages. Summer 2018. PDF, ePub, Mobi

As these can be used as part of Paignton Code Club [2] or the South Devon Tech Jam [3]. I am sharing here.

If you need help then you can :

  • If you are 9 – 13 contact Paignton Library and join Paignton Code Club
  • Sign up to [9] for an excellent, collaborative browser IDE
  • Join in with the South Devon Tech Jam, details of which are on the SDTJ meet up page. The next jam is 10th April 2021 – If you sign up to meet up then you will be sent details nearer the time.
  • Join Mastodon and ask [5]

1 Freecodecamp 2 CodeClub 3 Code Club Blog 4 Freenode 5 Qoto Mastodon 6 Qoto git 7 Paignton Library 8 Study Support group Webchat 9

  • If you need 1-2-1 support, then consider PAYING for it.

I am on IRC (freenode) as zleap. Please see my website / blog contact page for details.

#Coding,#FreeCodeCamp,#Ebooks,#Python,#Linux,#Deno, #JavaScript,#JS,#C,#NextJS,#Svelte,#HTMl,#CSS,#React,#NodeJS,#ExpressJS,#VueJS

Enter the Micro: bit challenge


do your :bit is a global micro:bit challenge for 8 – 18 year olds. Test your imagination and combine creativity and technology to come up with solutions for the Global Goals by tackling the issues we’re facing today. We want you to come up with innovations that make the world a better place. And you could win some amazing micro:bit prizes with your ideas!

More details here