I am a software developer turned developer advocate. Every day when I wake up, it seems like a dream to me. I am a lifelong learner. Having the opportunity to share what I learn with the community is truly important to me.
I'm completing one month working as a Developer Advocate at Vonage. I thought I would share some resources and insights on what the journey has been like so far.
During this first month:
- Talked to HR
- Chose Benefits
- Met the team (virtually)
- Set up hardware & software
I have been:
- Learning the internal processes and the APIs
- Learning how to use new pieces of software
- Supporting events, answering questions in the chats
- Understanding challenges
- Participating in developer communities and forums
- Giving talks and workshops
- Updating blog posts and documentation
- Creating content in different formats. One example of what I've created: Send and Receive SMS Messages with Firebase Functions | One Dev Minute
- Giving and receiving code and content review 💖
Working remotely with people with different timezones works indeed. To me, the secret is making the best use of everyone's time; to make sure that the discussed topics are available, may it be via notes or recorded meetings. Whilst everyone is online and talking synchronously, the calls should have an agenda.
I have gathered some resources that have personally helped me understand better what Developer Relations are. Let me share them with you:
- Developer, Advocate! - Geertjan Wielenga
- The Business Value of Developer Relations How and Why Technical Communities Are Key to Your Success - Mary Thengvall
- Guide to Tiny Experiments - Sam Julien
- Getting Started in Developer Relations - Sam Julien
My goal is to bring awareness and create relationships with the developer community. I would love to have constructive conversations, communicate and get feedback from the community.
I am a curious and avid learner. It has been an absolute joy to work as a developer advocate. When I learn something, I think to myself: how can this turn into a nice demo?
If you have recently started a Developer Relations position or are interested in doing so, please feel free to reach out!
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