Excited about Anvil and want to share it with others? Here are some hints. We’ve grouped them into sections – whether you want to introduce someone 1-on-1, to present at an event, or just want a list of resources, we’ve got you covered.
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We often get asked how best to introduce Anvil to your friends and colleagues. Here are some tips to help you:
The best way to get a friend excited about Anvil is to show them what you’ve built and explain how quick and simple it was.
Get their hands on Anvil to give them direct experience.
Try signing them up for a free account and helping them build their first app. Ensure they use the basic concepts of Anvil:
The interactive tutorial that you’re shown when you first log in is a good way to get to grips with the basics. Alternatively, follow along with the Hello World tutorial video.
If your friend/colleague has a specific use-case in mind, why not build a basic proof-of-concept and walk them through how it works?
Thinking of hosting a lunch-and-learn, talking to your local user group, or presenting at a conference? Here are some ideas we’ve gleaned from presenting Anvil at events.
The easiest way to present Anvil to a meetup is to give a 5-minute lightning talk. You could describe what Anvil is, explain what you’re using it for, and point out what about Anvil has made your project easier and better.
If you want to give a longer talk, perhaps you could give a show and tell of what you’ve been developing with some detail on how it works.
Stopping to live-code an example is a good way to spice up a talk. Choose something that achieves something very quickly, for example pulling stock prices from an API and plotting a chart in about 10 lines of code.
If you can, practice your demo until you can talk about what you’re doing while you’re writing the code. That way you can be sure you’ll do it smoothly on the day.
Why not get attendees to bring a laptop and try Anvil themselves?
When we visit meetups, we often opt to run a workshop where attendees can get their hands on Anvil themselves. The approach we usually take is:
You might want to vary this recipe:
You know your audience – mix and match to suit them.
Most importantly of all, do something you’re comfortable with and have fun. If you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, everything else is easy!
Want us to promote your event? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org – we often promote Anvil-focused events via our website and mailing list.
The “Hello, World” walkthrough gives a 7-minute overview of what Anvil can do.
There are lots more video tutorials to choose from.
We have a series of step-by-step guides that we use when giving workshops:
Building a Data Dashboard: Display weather information on an interactive dashboard.
To-Do list app: Build an online, multi-user To-Do list.
Remote Control Panel: Run unit tests on your computer from the web, using Anvil’s Uplink.