The first episode of the Handmade Dev Show is actually all about how the Handmade Dev initiative founded Handmade Network (HMN), and Casey even joins in the conversation! I'm sorry the show has been inaccessible for a while, but it will be back this month (as discussed in the latest monthly news
). Once available I'll edit this post with the link to it.
EDIT: Handmade | Ep 1
I usually also link this KillScreen
as an alternative.. Anyway, it all started** roughly two years ago with my making a request for people to post their software projects inspired by Handmade Hero (HMH). This snowballed into many projects flooding in as part of the listing, much more than I had ever imagined. Shortly after, I brought up the idea to make handmadeheroes.org
to the community in one of the HMH streams, and it also snowballed into an exciting prospect. I contacted Casey, who gave me his blessing to get this party started. The team, known as the Handmade Dev Team
, was formed (and it's the best people I've ever worked with), and we set out to grow this community not only by creating the website (which is the most important work, done by the team), but by my performing interviews on the HMD Show, having hundreds of one-on-one conversations with users and just general outreach in my own quirky but hopefully useful way.
Most important however, is how this community have given us the support, whether financial or moral, to succeed. And we hope it continues as we work hard to make Handmade Network the strongest software development / education network we envision it to be.
I know I glossed over some details, but hope this small history lesson helps!
** I stay "started" because all of this starts from earlier, with each individual's desire to make software well. The mood by some individuals to look at software development practices more critically, and less dogmatically, was coming even a bit before Handmade Hero began proper.