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Book Club: The Business Value of Developer Relations by Mary Thengvall

April 23, 2019 by Josh Dzielak

Mary Thengvall is the creator of the DevRel Weekly newsletter, a founding member and active participant of the DevRel Collective, @mary_grace on twitter, the host of the Community Pulse podcast AND the founder of Persea Consulting, where she helps companies build and foster amazing developer communities. Mary & her pup Ember She’s also written a book about developer relations, one of the most comprehensive books about our industry to date.

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Building TwilioQuest from the ground up: a Dungeon Master's rules to play by

April 16, 2019 by Patrick Woods

“The venn diagram of people who like computers and who enjoy video games is not quite a perfect circle, but it’s pretty close. It’s like a fat football.” — Kevin Whinnery, Twilio When asked to create developer training materials at Twilio, Kevin Whinnery saw an opportunity to build something beyond the typical classroom-style walkthroughs, and to tap into his love for gaming as inspiration. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, TwilioQuest would grow into a beloved platform for learning Twilio, and become a canonical example of a high-impact developer community project.

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World Celebrates International Developer Relations Day

April 1, 2019 by Josh Dzielak

San Francisco, CA, April. 1, 2019 — Today the world recognizes developer advocates, evangelists and everybody else on the “DevRel” team no matter what crazy title they have. What is developer relations? The most widely recognized definition comes from the movie Gladiator (2000): “There was a dream that was DevRel. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile.

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A framework for generating high-impact developer engagement projects

March 26, 2019 by Patrick Woods

Creating a developer community project is both rewarding and difficult. Many developer advocates, evangelists, and marketers either don’t know where to begin, or have trouble building momentum across the teams at their company. We want to see more companies creating valuable things for developers, so to help with that, we’re sharing our community project planning framework. It will help you think through potential questions your team will have and guide you in planning for the resources required to build a high-impact project.

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5 ways community projects benefit developers

February 27, 2019 by Patrick Woods

If there’s one thing that successful community projects have in common, it’s that they all provide something valuable to the developers who use them. The way that value is delivered, however, varies widely from project to project. Some community projects educate developers on new technologies. Some are open source projects that fill a specific technical need. Other projects help support the community agenda as a whole, perhaps by providing space for developers to meet physically or by helping underrepresented developers learn how to code or attend conferences.

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How to use the new github.dev personal website generator

February 25, 2019 by Josh Dzielak

github.dev is a new community project by GitHub that lives on the .dev TLD. With it, you can fork, customize and deploy a personal site that shows your GitHub bio and contributions, powered by the GitHub API, GitHub Pages, and Jekyll. See an example: dzello.github.io Personally, I like this project because it gives developers an alternative way to showcase their coding talents and interests, beyond just their GitHub profile page, which some developers in the community have raised good questions about.

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What are developer community projects?

January 29, 2019 by Josh Dzielak and Patrick Woods

Successful developer communities aren’t built by marketing, and sometimes happen in spite of it. —Tom Wentworth Here’s a tension every developer-focused company faces: you need to reach your audience, but traditional business-to-business marketing tactics aren’t effective. Developers famously ignore conventional B2B marketing methods like white papers, gated content, webinars, cold outreach, and paid advertising. The way that developers do learn about new tools and techniques is usually from other developers.

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Introducing DeveloperMode

November 8, 2018 by Josh Dzielak

Today I’m excited to tell you about DeveloperMode, a new company that provides services to companies who make developer products and platforms. Since 2013 I’ve been working for companies who build tools for developers. As the VP Engineering at Keen IO I worked with a very talented team to build an API for analytics. After that, I was the Developer Relations Lead at Algolia, helping developers discover and get the most out of a very powerful search API.

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