Episode 50: The Spritely Institute fossandcrafts.org/episodes/050

We talk about recent exciting news about the @spritelyinst, how Spritely has grown from an early research project to a larger organization (with @cwebber as CTO)! Let's advance decentralized networked communities!

So, what does this mean? For one thing, it means that Spritely is moving out of a "scrappy couple of developers" project to a real research institution. We're actually already approved as a 501c3 nonprofit in the US! spritely.institute/news/sprite

(If you know anything about how hard it is to get open source tech nonprofits to get that status, that should be an indicator of its own!)

Spritely is growing up! (On that note, if you were following @spritelyproject, switch over to @spritelyinst because that's where everything's happening now!)

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First off, I know people are gonna ask, so let me answer it up front: no, this doesn't mean Spritely is doing anything cryptocurrency based... the FFDW funds decentralized network stuff *in general*, and Spritely nicely aligns with that. (There's a separate but interrelated org named the Filecoin Foundation which *is* Filecoin oriented)

So! Let's talk about what we *are* doing :)

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YES! I'm SO EXCITED to say that the Spritely Institute (of which I'm CTO) just got a substantial amount of multi-year funding from the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web! spritely.institute/news/ffdw-s
medium.com/@FFDWeb/ffdw-suppor

We also just put this lovely blogpost giving a tour of the Spritely Institute's technology! spritely.institute/news/blast-

This is really huge! I'll expand more on what it means below in this thread!

We are THRILLED to announce that the Spritely Institute has received a substantial multi-year grant from the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web! spritely.institute/news/ffdw-s
medium.com/@FFDWeb/ffdw-suppor

AND! Check out this post describing a tour of the Spritely Institute's tech! There's a lot of exciting stuff here! spritely.institute/news/blast-

OMG! I'm so excited to announce that through my work at @spritelyinst we've published A Scheme Primer: spritely.institute/news/the-sp
Direct link: spritely.institute/static/pape

This document manages to serve two purposes:
- As a quick skim, it's a reasonable intro to "how to start programming with Scheme with no prior experience". Hey, tutorials are useful!
- But also, in less than 30 pages we manage to compress a TON of computer science ideas in a way that I think is really, really approachable.

The document ends with a code example, and full walkthrough, of a Scheme interpreter written in Scheme... in a mere 30 lines of code! It's like 3/4 of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs compressed into a document you could read in an afternoon!

We've published A Scheme Primer! spritely.institute/static/pape
Blogpost: spritely.institute/news/the-sp

This primer serves as a quick skim tutorial to get started fast, or as a more in-depth read... ending with the finale of a 30 line example of a Scheme interpreter written in Scheme!

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