When I released the developer evangelism handbook it was quite a success but a lot of people asked for a print version. I’ve asked a few publishers if they are interested but the common consensus was either “too short” or “too niche”. I’d be happy to prove them wrong so I used Lulu.com for publishing the book myself. So if you are not a fan of the free online version, go over there and get your copy.
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TTMMHTM: New evangelism handbook chapter, safe browsing, challenging IE6, free teaching resources and an answer to the question if hamsters can be milkedMonday, August 3rd, 2009
Things that made me happy this morning:
- I finished a new chapter for the Developer Evangelism Handbook – dealing with your own company
- Google has a safe browsing API that allows you to tap into their malware and spyware database. Sadly enough there is no search or match function – only load a full list of MD5 hashes – and the docs are not the easiest to understand.
- At a recent State Department Town Hall Meeting, one of Hillary Clinton’s staffers asked why IE6 was still mandated. Attagirl, more of this – challenge the laziness.
- You can browse WordNet – the database that Google’s AdSense content matching was based on
- Simon Whatley has 10 commandments of social media
- A nice explanation of rounded corners with CSS3 although it is more of a “here’s how to do it in Firefox and Safari”.
- Apparently you can milk hamsters – there is even a book about it.
- A splendid Wall-E/Star Wars photo mashup from Worth1000
- Space War is a cute little game for the iPhone in CSS/JS/HTML/
- Another nice colourblindness simulator – please, do not add another badge, even if you succeed the test.
- OER commons is a great resource for free teaching and learning content
- Some very sweet Eco friendly packaging concepts
Alright, after writing on it for four evenings and on one flight in between watching Watchmen and “The Boat that rocked” I am proud to present you:
The handbook explains several things:
- What developer evangelism is
- What makes a good developer evangelist
- How to write for the web
- How to use social media and the web to promote content
- How to deliver great presentations
- How to deal with criticism of your company and what to do with the competition
- How to write easy to understand and useful code examples
The handbook is Creative Commons and free to use. I am working on getting a printed version out, too.
Here are shortcuts to the chapters:
- The developer evangelism handbook
- Defining developer evangelism
- Start with the right mindset
- Find your role and play to your strengths
- Remove the brand
- Work with the competition
- Prepare for outreach
- Get speaking opportunities
- Deliver a talk or workshop
- Write great posts and articles
- Write excellent code examples
- Record your output
- Know and use the (social) web
- Work with the conference buzz
- Additional presentation tips
You can also go to the full table of contents.
TTMMHTM: Evangelist Handbook, Billboard charts API, collaborative editing, IE6 bashing, pretty JSON, fancy fast food and terrible bugs.Friday, July 24th, 2009
Things that made me happy this morning
- I’m working on a handbook for developer evangelists (the outline is here) and I am 7000 words in – after 2 days of writing.
- Billboard have released an API which gets you access to all kind of music charts. I’d love to mash that up with the Spotify API, but I won’t buy a premium account just to do some hacking.
- EtherPad is a very cool tool for collaborative text editing. Much like SubEthaEdit for the web – or like Bespin of course
- Vanish is an solution to create web content that self destructs after a certain time (much like these messages in the spy movies).
- Hey IT is a campaign to tell your IT department just how much IE6 makes kitty cry.
- phMagick is not a skin conditioner, but a pretty cool PHP wrapper for imageMagick to convert images, add drop shadows and so on. CSS3 for all browsers!
- JSON Formatter is a validation and pretty printing tool for JSON.
- There is a pretty sweet isometric timeline animation of the international space station at USA Today (you know, the newspaper you always stumble over when you leave hotel rooms)
- Fancy Fast Food shows you how you can turn fast food into very pretty meals
- 10 historical software bugs with disastrous consequences teaches us to fix our code.