Ask a Developer: Jason van Brackel Follows Technical Blogs to Docs

Why Ask a Developer? It’s fun getting to know each developer! However, we know individual stories can have unmerited weight. That’s why we also use data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and our own surveys. However, running an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA) can still add value. In this case, our MOAs are your audience, too — developers and other IT professionals. Sure, there are as many answers as there are developers. Nonetheless, often interesting trends as well as hard-to-find nuances emerge. Unsurprisingly, stories told at a human scale often [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:49:32-04:00February 24th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Andy Schwam Wants Technical Content That Explains Why

Why Ask a Developer? We love learning about individual developers! But it can be misleading to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we also use data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and our own surveys. However, running an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA) can still add value. In this case, our MOAs are your audience, too — developers and other IT professionals. While there may be as many answers as there are developers, often interesting trends as well as hard-to-find nuances emerge. Unsurprisingly, stories told at a human [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:50:27-04:00February 17th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Jason Gaylord Starts with Documentation, Ends with Developer Community

Why Ask a Developer? We love learning about individual developers! But it can be misleading to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we also use data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and our own surveys. However, running an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA) can still add value. In this case, our MOAs are your audience, too — developers and other IT professionals. While there may be as many answers as there are developers, often interesting trends as well as hard-to-find nuances emerge. Unsurprisingly, stories told at a human [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:51:18-04:00February 10th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Sam Basu Learns Hands-On from Text-Based Tutorials

Why Ask a Developer? We love learning about individual developers! But it can be misleading to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we also use data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and our own surveys. However, running an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA) can still add value. In this case, our MOAs are your audience, too — developers and other IT professionals. While there may be as many answers as there are developers, often interesting trends, as well as hard-to-find nuances, emerge. Unsurprisingly, stories told at a human [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:52:14-04:00February 3rd, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Jess Chadwick Thinks Screenshots are Developer-Friendly

Why Ask a Developer? It can be dangerous to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we often rely on data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and their ilk. But, sometimes it pays to run an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA). In this case, a developer. Sure, there are as many answers as there are developers, but often interesting nuances emerge. And, not surprisingly, overarching themes told at a human scale often bear out what is learned at a population scale. That’s why we asked celebrity developer and Twitch [...]

By |2020-01-20T18:32:26-05:00January 27th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Andy Morrell Wants Comprehensive Blog Posts

Why Ask a Developer? It can be dangerous to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we often rely on data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and their ilk. But sometimes it pays to run an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA). In this case, a developer. Sure, there are as many answers as there are developers, but often interesting nuances emerge. And not surprisingly, overarching themes told at a human scale often bear out what is learned at a population scale. That’s why we asked celebrity developer and Twitch [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:53:52-04:00January 20th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Joe Guadagno Prefers Text Tutorials

Why Ask a Developer? It can be dangerous to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we often rely on data like that collected by Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and their ilk. But sometimes it pays to run an idea, question or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA). In this case, a developer. Sure, there are as many answers as there are developers, but often interesting nuances emerge. And not surprisingly, overarching themes told at a human scale often bear out what is learned at a population scale. That’s why we asked celebrity developer and Twitch [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:54:41-04:00January 13th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: SEO Matters to Alice Brosey

Why Ask a Developer? It can be dangerous to rely too much on anecdotal evidence. That’s why we often work from data collected by organizations like Evans Data Corporation, SlashData, and their ilk. But sometimes it pays to run an idea, question, or assumption by a member of the audience (MOA) — in this case, a developer. Sure, there are as many answers as there are developers, but often interesting nuances emerge. And not surprisingly, overarching themes told at a human scale often bear out what is learned at a population scale. That’s why we asked celebrity developer and [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:55:31-04:00January 6th, 2020|Ask a Developer|

Ask a Developer: Why Include Online Code Editors in Technical Content?

A Content “Must-Have” That’s Not Content As part of our “Ask a Developer” series, where developer Jeff Fritz (a.k.a. @Csharpfritz on Twitch) asks fellow Twitch live coders questions that marketers have about technical content, we kept hearing about the importance of including online code editors or a code sandbox. Several developers mentioned either or both when we asked them what made content developer-friendly. While code snippets were important, they weren’t enough, unless the content also provided online code editors or a code sandbox  to try code snippets out. This was cited as a best practice for everything from blogs, [...]

By |2020-04-20T22:57:16-04:00December 18th, 2019|Ask a Developer, Content Marketing, Content Success Stories|

Zero to Hero: Less Time in the Valley of Suck

The Valley of Suck Anyone who has created anything has experienced this valley. Creatives are making something new, and to succeed, they need to acquire new tools, knowledge, and experience. And that process requires repeatedly being thrown into the valley of conscious incompetence, a.k.a. The Valley of Suck. If you have a technical audience, they are thrown into this valley more times than they can count. There’s no avoiding it, but you can help your technical community get out of it as quickly as possible. Minimizing Valley Time Cliff Simpkins, Director of Azure Developer Audience Marketing, introduced this metric [...]

By |2019-12-11T12:25:57-05:00December 11th, 2019|Ask a Developer, Content Marketing, Content Success Stories|
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