Ahmad Awais



Developer Experience (DX) in one word?

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Developer Experience (DX) is the experience of using a developer tool or extending your product (meant for developers), API, open-source code, or just about anything that has to do with developers. It’s the equivalent of User Experience when the primary user of the product is a developer.

As a consultant who helps businesses understand developers, this term DX is thrown around a lot and probably heavily discussed. It’s fun to see how the definition changes based on the context of a project/company or thoughts of the company’s CTO.

Developer Experience…#

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of “Developer Experience” (DX)?” β€” asked Chris Coyier on Twitter today.

And here’s what I shared…

In two words: “Less Friction

…ok the last one there might be too close to my heart but all things considered, having a good DX can mean a lot of things to your company.

Developer Experience has a cost to it. Some companies, in an effort to improve DX around their products, sacrifice the User Experience (UX) whereas I believe there should be a good equilibrium between DX & UX. It’s what some people call the Trickledown Experience. A story for another day.

If you are on Craigslist looking to buy a bed. And you find a listing of a bed that’s free. You immediately think that there’s something seriously wrong with it. Bed bugs or part of a crime scene.

At the same time if you find a listing of a bed that’s USD 5000. Your mind goes, “oh boy; this bed must be amazing, how lucky are the people who get to sleep on it”. And you wonder…

DX works in a similar fashion. Just because you open-sourced an SDK doesn’t mean developers are going to fall heads over heels in love with your product. It’s an art. For that, you need help from a practicing artisan. Who knows what developers care about. Invest in that.

Helping businesses understand developers. Head of Developer Relations RapidAPI.

πŸ“Ÿ Edutainer at Node.js CLI Automation course (100 videos Β· 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course (over 20K devs). 🎩 Award-winning Open Source Engineer & Dev Advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert Web DevRel πŸš€ Mars Ingenuity Helicopter code contributor πŸ† 8th GitHub Stars Award recipient 🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator.

✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide ⓦ WordPress Core Developer πŸ“£ TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

πŸ”₯ Satya Nadella Β· CEO of Microsoft, said β€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
πŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade πŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

πŸ‘‹β€¦ Awais is mostly active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais


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