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Awesome DX (Developer Experience)

Awesome DX

A curated list of Developer Experience resources

Table of Contents

Articles

Title Description Author Date Target
Developer experience is the next major competitive front in enterprise tech Now that cloud is old news and APIs launch major businesses, the most successful companies over the next decade of enterprise tech will delight their customers. Tom Krazit 4/13/2021 API Vendors
DX & Software Maintainability in Frontend Engineering Tech Debts, Software Maintainability, Developer Experience, and Technical Leadership in Frontend Engineering TK 4/4/2021 API Consumers (Tech Leads)
Why should we care about Developer Experience (DX) Knowledgeable developers are like royalty thats hard to please. But theyre irreplaceable. Yes, you can substitute employees, but if theyre less skilled, you might end up with costly refactoring. If you value the experienced team you have, consider working on whats called the developer experience to keep them eager and comfortable. Marek Gajda 3/26/2021 Employers
How to build a great developer experience Nowadays, Developer Experience (DX) is essential for software products. Akin to User Experience (UX), DX instead focuses on improving the developer's journey, reducing hang-ups, and encouraging success throughout their programming experience. Nick Lloyd 3/23/2021 API Producers
How We Measure Developer Experience at Trybe In this post, I show how do we measure Developer Experience at Trybe Elton Minetto 1/17/2021 Employers
Developer Experience at Netlify The Developer Experience organization at Netlify is quite unique. In this post, we talk through the structure of the organization, how we work, who we are, and some of our team strategies. Sarah Drasner 1/6/2021 API Producers
Developer experience: an essential aspect of enterprise architecture Considering the interfaces throughout an enterprise architecture will lead to broader adoption. Read this primer on how to develop a great experience. Bob Reselman 11/18/2020 API Producers (OSS Library Authors)
Why care about the developer experience? By focusing on creating a great developer experience, Stripe created viral growth for a product that does not feel inherently viral, a payment processing system. They did this by recognizing the importance of the developer experience, executing on it, and by marketing to developers. Sean Falconer 11/16/2020 API Producers (SaaS)
How to reach Developer Experience supreme level Beyond measuring DX, people were struggling to identify the maturity levels of these professionals at their jobs. So I decided to write this article and explain my Developer Experience Maturity thesis. Albert Cavalcante 8/18/2020 General/API Producers
Stripe: Building a Developer Cult What makes Stripe a favorite of developers, the advantages of building a cult, and the how the little things add up for developers Jack Gecawich 7/20/2020 API Producers
What is Developer Experience (DX)? Developer Experience is a term with a self-declaring meaning the experience of developers but it eludes definition in the sense that people invoke it at different times for different reasons referring to different things. Chris Coyier 6/15/2020 Overview
Developer Experience Metrics In my view the first step to create DX metrics is to already have full mastery over UX metrics, but why? Because DX is a strand within UX, that is developers who use your product, even if extremely technical users, are still users who will be impacted if your product has a bad UX. Albert Cavalcante 5/11/2020 API Producers
Why Your API Needs a Dedicated Developer Experience Team How can API companies improve their overall process and deliver the high-quality experience their users want? One of the best answers to that question is: Focus on creating a dedicated developer experience team that can empower your users by making it easier to understand, easier to build, and easier to integrate (particularly if your company develops customer-facing APIs). James Messinger 3/11/2020 API Producers
100 Days of Developer eXperience Most of the 100 Days of Developer eXperience posts are combination of empirical quotes from developers and facts from scientific articles. Jarkko Moilanen 11/6/2019 Many audiences (collection)
Why Developer Experience Matters With the rise of API companies and technical products focused on developers, there is increasing focus on their developer experience. Product managers, marketers, and engineers alike have an interest in evaluating and improving how a developer uses their technical product. Adam DuVander 10/1/2019 API Producers
Tiny Wins I recently shipped two things at GitHub that had an impact beyond my wildest dreams. The amount of gratitude and love that spilled out of the community is like nothing Ive seen before. But the things I shipped werent these huge, meaty projects. They were tiny. Joel Califa 1/30/2018 Tooling Producers (UXD)
The Best Practices for a Great Developer Experience (DX) Developer Experience (DX) is the equivalent to User Experience (UX) when the user of the software or system is a developer. DX describes the experience developers have when they use your product, be it client libraries, SDKs, frameworks, open source code, tools, API, technology or service. DX shares some ideas and philosophies from UX design (or HCI), but builds on these with an eye towards modern technology and standards. Sam Jarman 10/6/2017 API Producers
Building a Developer Experience Team at Sendgrid As we scaled up to hundreds of employees, many new PMs, designers, and engineers ended up working on the product who didnt share that same explicit understanding of our developer customers. Slowly, but surely, the overall DX around SendGrid suffered. Scott Williamson 4/12/2017 API Producers (Engineering Managers)
What is API Developer Experience and Why It Matters API developer experience is a relatively novel focus aimed to improve API design so it provides a seamless experience to developers when writing software. It can help increase programmers efficience and make it easier for developers to achieve goals on behalf of end users. Sergio De Simone 10/25/2015 API Producers
APIs for Humans: The Rise of Developer Experience (DX) The art of simplifying complex interactions into meaningful user experiences is an important competitive advantage for technology companies. But what if your product is an API and your end-users are developers? How do you design a good experience for them? Freddy Rangel 9/22/2015 API Producers
Effective Developer Experience (DX) When Apple introduced the iPhone, the device captured the imaginations of its users. Its features satisfied basic needs and also inspired ideas of what could be done when the Internet was always in your pocket. Eight months later, Apple made the iOS SDK available, transforming the iPhone from a product into a platform. Jeremiah Lee 3/24/2011 Platform Producers

Events

Name Location Date
DevX Conf Online 4/28/2021

Jobs

Position Company Location
Developer Experience Engineer Cypress Atlanta
Head of Developer Experience EasyPost San Francisco
Product Manager, Developer Experience Gusto San Francisco, Denver, New York, Remote
Sr Director, Developer Experience Paypal Remote (US)
Software Engineer, Developer Experience Square San Francisco
Product Manager, Developer Experience Square San Francisco
Senior Engineer, Developer Experience Ticketmaster Remote (US)
Engineer, Developer Experience Chromatic Remote
Community Engineer, Developer Experience Chromatic Remote

Products

2018 - Current

Name Description Founded Year
Apideck Apideck provides access to a single integration layer with a rapidly growing ecosystem of APIs. 2018
Appwrite Appwrite is a secure end-to-end backend server for Web, Mobile, and Flutter developers that is packaged as a set of Docker containers for easy deployment 2020
Bannerbear Bannerbear auto-generates social media visuals, ecommerce banners, and dynamic email images. 2019
Budibase Budibase helps you build internal tools on your own infrastructure in minutes. 2019
Chromatic Chromatic automates gathering UI feedback, visual testing, and documentation, so developers can iterate faster with less manual work. 2017
Doppler Doppler helps developers manage their API keys across their projects. 2018
Feedback Fish A simple way to collect feedback & make your customers happy. 2020
Fig Fig adds visual apps, shortcuts, and autocomplete to the terminal. 2020
Flightcontrol Fullstack Deploy Platform that brings Vercel's world-class DX to your own cloud. Supports both containers & serverless functions, and is optimized for fullstack Next.js & Blitz.js apps 2021
Gitpod Gitpod automates the provisioning of ready-to-code development environments. 2019
HostedHooks HostedHooks is a webhooks sending as a service platform for developers 2021
Inspect Inspect helps you debug mobile web apps and websites on iOS devices. 2020
Linear Linear helps streamline software projects, sprints, tasks, and bug tracking. 2019
Modulz Closing the gap between design and dev. Building open source libraries such as Radix and Stitches. 2018
Nhost Nhost is a open source Firebase alternative with GraphQL. 2019
PlanetScale PlanetScale is a serverless database platform that you can start in seconds. 2018
Prefect Prefect is the easiest way to automate data pipelines. 2018
Railway Railway helps you develop code in a cloud that feels local. 2020
Raycast Raycast lets you control your tools with a few keystrokes. 2020
Render Render is a unified cloud to build and run all your apps and websites. 2018
Roboflow Roboflow is a developer tool for building computer vision models faster and more accurately. 2019
Supabase Supabase is the open source Firebase alternative. 2020
SuperTokens SuperTokens is an open source alternative to Auth0, Okta, Firebase Auth and AWS Cognito. 2019
Svix Svix makes sending webhooks easy and reliable by offering webhooks sending as a service. 2021
Temporal Temporal enables its users to build and operate resilient applications using developer-friendly primitives. 2019
WorkOS WorkOS provides APIs to make applications enterprise-ready. 2018

2014 - 2017

Name Description Founded Year
CodeSandbox CodeSandbox is a free, instant, collaborative sandboxes for rapid web development. 2017
CodeStream CodeStream puts team chat directly into most popular IDEs, making it easier for developers to talk about code & write software together. 2017
Fauna Fauna is a transactional database delivered as a scalable cloud API with native GraphQL. 2015
Fly.io Fly.io runs application servers close to users. 2017
Formspree Formspree lets developers add working forms to their website in minutes, no backend needed. 2015
Gatsby Gatsby is an open source web development tool and framework which is customizable and extensible for any purpose. 2015
GitLab GitLab is a web-based open source Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features and built-in CI/CD. 2014
GraphCMS GraphCMS is the GraphQL-native Headless Content Platform to create, enrich, federate, and deliver content programmatically and API-first with versatile GraphQL content APIs and a novel approach in external data sourcing. 2017
Hasura Hasura provides instant realtime GraphQL APIs. 2017
Insomnia Insomnia is a cross-platform REST client, built on top of Electron. 2016
LaunchDarkly LaunchDarkly is a feature management platform for software teams. 2014
Mux Mux is a video platform designed to make video streaming and analytics possible for every development team. 2015
Netlify Netlify is a unified platform that automates code to create high-performant, easily-maintainable sites, and web-apps. 2014
PopSQL PopSQL is a modern, collaborative SQL editor for teams. 2017
Postman Postman is the collaboration platform for API development. 2014
Prisma Prisma enables its users to access all of their databases in a single GraphQL query. 2016
RapidAPI RapidAPI is an API marketplace that enables developers to find and connect to APIs. 2015
Readme Readme provides every company the ability to quickly create beautiful documentation, and build loyal, productive developer communities. 2014
Replit Replit is a browser-based integrated development environment (IDE) built for cross-platform collaborative coding. 2016
Retool Retool is a fast way of building internal applications. 2017
Split Split is a feature delivery platform that builds software for engineering teams to build products. 2015
Strapi Strapi helps developers to easily build, deploy, and manage APIs. 2016
Vercel Vercel combines the best developer experience with an obsessive focus on end-user performance. 2015

2010 - 2013

Name Description Founded Year
Algolia Algolia is a search platform that enables companies to deliver fast and relevant digital experiences. 2012
Auth0 Auth0 is an identity management platform for web, mobile, IoT, and internal applications. 2013
BrowserStack BrowserStack provides seamless testing experience on 2000+ real devices & browsers. 2011
Datadog Datadog offers monitoring and analytics for cloud-based workflows. 2010
DigitalOcean DigitalOcean provides a cloud platform to deploy, manage, and scale applications of any size. 2012
Docker Docker provides an open platform for building, shipping, and running distributed applications. 2013
Elastic Elastic makes data usable in real time and at scale for search, logging, and analytics. 2012
Expo Expo lets developers build universal native apps that work across Android, iOS, and the web by writing them once in just JavaScript. 2013
Firebase Firebase is a mobile platform that develops apps that grow users base on iOS, Android, or the Web. 2011
HashiCorp HashiCorp is a company that solves development, security, and operations challenges in infrastructure. 2012
Nylas Nylas provides an API platform that enables developers to quickly and process user data from any email and calendar. 2013
Mailtrap Mailtrap provides a Email sandbox service. 2011
Plaid Plaid provides companies with the tools and access needed for the development of a digitally-enabled financial system. 2013
Pusher Pusher provides a hosted API service for adding real-time bi-directional. 2010
Runscope Runscope develops tools that support the modern application development life cycle. 2013
Segment Segment provides infrastructure to collect, unify, and connect data among different providers. 2011
Sentry Sentry is a developer of an application monitoring platform that helps developers monitor apps in real time to catch bugs early. 2012
Snowflake Snowflake is a cloud data platform that provides a data warehouse-as-a-service designed for the cloud. 2012
Stripe Stripe is a developer-oriented commerce company helping small and large companies accept web and mobile payments. 2010
Uploadcare Uploadcare is a file uploading, media processing & content delivery for modern web apps. 2011
Webflow Webflow is a visual web design platform, CMS, and hosting provider for building production websites and prototypes. 2013

2000 - 2009

Name Description Founded Year
Atlassian Atlassian provides collaboration, development, and issue tracking software for teams. 2002
Cloudflare Cloudflare is a web performance and security company that provides online services to protect and accelerate websites online. 2009
Dynatrace Dynatrace helps DevSecOps teams tame cloud complexity and accelerate digital transformation. 2005
GitHub GitHub provides code hosting services that allow developers to build software for open source and private projects. 2008
Heroku Heroku is a platform as a service that provides services to create, run, and scale web and mobile apps. 2007
JetBrains JetBrains is a software vendor specializing in the creation of productivity-enhancing tools for software developers and teams. 2007
Liferay Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices. 2004
MongoDB MongoDB is a general purpose, document-based, distributed database built for modern application developers and for the cloud era. 2007
MuleSoft MuleSoft makes it easy to connect data from any system to create connected experiences. 2006
OutSystems OutSystems is a low-code platform that enables businesses to develop, deploy, and manage enterprise-grade apps. 2001
Splunk Splunk provides software that monitors, reports, and analyzes real-time machine data. 2002
Twilio Twilio is a cloud communication company that enables users to build voice, VoIP, and SMS apps via a web API. 2008

Research

Title Highlights Institution Year of Publication
Towards an Empirically-Based IDE: An Analysis of Code Size and Screen Space The average length of functions per programming language: Java (8.87 lines) / C++ (19.48 lines) / Python (15.60) / JavaScript (21.68 lines). The average line width: Java (70.27 chars) / C++ (74.96 chars) / Python (72.75 chars) / JavaScript (66.32 chars). University of Tennessee 2019
Measuring program comprehension: A large-scale field study with professionals In a study with Java and C# projects, they found that most of the time the developer spends is with Navigation and Comprehension. Here's a summary: Comprehension (57.62%) / Navigation (23.96%) / Editing (5.02%) / Others (13.40%). Data sample: 78 developers across 7 projects over 3,148 working hours Singapore Management University 2018
Developer Experience: Concept and Definition Developer experience could be defined as a means for capturing how developers think and feel about their activities within their working environments University of Helsinki 2012

Videos

Title Presenter Duration Date
Things nobody told you about developer experience (DX) DX Doctor 17:02 11/23/2019
The only way how to have happy & productive developers Vratislav Kalenda 25:18 12/8/2018
The Seven Deadly Sins of Developer Onboarding Cristiano Betta 28:03 11/13/2017
JS UX: Writing code for humans Lea Verou 1:09:04 9/26/2016
The Elements of Developer Experience (DX) Design Stephen Boak 5:24 8/4/2016

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