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 appear as overarching themes or trends at a population scale. That’s why we asked celebrity developer and Twitch Live Coder Jeffrey Fritz to ask fellow developers some of the questions technical content marketers most want answered.
Meet Jason van Brackel
At TechBash 2019, Fritz caught up with Jason van Brackel, who works with the open source community as Director of Community for Rancher Labs. Fritz asked van Brackel about how he uses technical content to learn about what he will be teaching his audience.
What Do You Look For When You Are Preparing?
Bleeding Edge, Go to the Docs
When learning about bleeding edge technology, van Brackel goes straight to the docs. And he uses technical blogs to help him find those technical docs.
What About How-to’s and Tutorials?
Because van Brackel works to inform his audience about bleeding-edge technology, he’s often creating his own how-to’s from documentation. However, the process of creating a how-to will often expose a gap in his own knowledge as he tries to apply a new technology within a specific use case that requires a step he has forgotten or doesn’t know how to do. Then, he finds himself looking up how-to’s for himself on something more basic (for example, work related to implementing a commonly used API).
What Makes Tutorials and How-To’s Developer-Friendly?
It’s more than getting to “Hello, World” for van Brackel. He wants the holistic perspective on how to solve a problem, how to test it, and how it fits into the bigger picture.
Do You Look for a “Why”?
For van Brackel, the why is critical. When he’s exposed to the thought process of why an author did things in a particular way, it can also expose dangers and gotchas. It ensures that the whys match up to make sure that the offered solution will really fit his needs.