Developer Experience is a podcast brought to you by Algolia. We chat with guests who build products for developers about their developer experience strategy, what it means for them and why it’s important.
CodeSandbox: Fostering developer collaboration in a remote world
On today's episode, we're going to talk about fostering developer collaboration in a remote world. This is a special edition because Sarah Dayan is joined for the first time by her new co-host Bryan Robinson, Senior Developer Advocate at Algolia.
Working remotely is not something new, especially in the tech industry, but since the beginning of the pandemic in 2019, there has been a wave of tech workers going remote. First it was by necessity, and then by choice. So how do you collaborate when your coworkers are not in the same room, not in the same city, country or even continent? How did it change our processes and our tools?
Our guest today is Ives Van Hoorne, creator of CodeSandbox. CodeSandbox is the most advanced cloud-based sandbox environment that lets developers quickly start and share prototypes, but also collaborate on projects, provide bug reproductions, and all of that in the browser.
Ives Van Hoorne: @compuivesBryan Robinson: @brobSarah Dayan: @frontstuff_ioCodeSandbox: @codesandbox / codesandbox.ioAlgolia: @algolia / algolia.com
Next.js: Nailing down the right abstractions
How to nail down the right abstractions for optimal DX? Building abstractions is at the core of API design. They become the face of your software, and they dictate a significant part of its developer experience. How to design the right abstractions? What is the difference between an opinionated software and a failing abstraction?
To answer these difficult questions, we're happy to welcome two remarkable guests:
Tim Neutkens is the Lead Engineer of Next.js, one if not the most popular and versatile React framework. He also co-authored MDX, an authoring format that lets you mix Markdown and JSX.
François Chalifour is a software engineer at Algolia. He's been working on Algolia Instantsearch for several years and co-authored our Recommend UI library. He also completely redesigned Algolia's Autocomplete library from scratch after over a year worth of work and research.
Tim Neutkens: @timneutkens François Chalifour: @francoischlfrSarah Dayan: @frontstuff_ioAlgolia: @algolia / algolia.comVercel: @vercel / vercel.com
Prismic: Blending in other people’s codebases
In this episode, Sarah Dayan chats with not only one, but two guests:
- Sadek Drobi, Founder and CEO at Prismic
They chat about what it takes for a technical product to blend into other people's codebases. How do you ensure that developers want to put your code in their code? Why is it as important to offer idiomatic integrations as it is to build powerful APIs? Sarah, Sadek and Haroen answer these questions in this third episode of Developer Experience.
Prismic is one of the leading headless CMS solutions, and Sadek was one of the founding architects of the Prismic API. He now leads a growing team who build and maintain a dozen integrations on top of it. Haroen has been working for years on many of Algolia's integrations, and is the craftsmen behind the search experience of Yarn.
Sadek Drobi: @SadacheHaroen Viaene: @haroenv / haroen.meSarah Dayan: @frontstuff_io / sarahdayan.devAlgolia: @algolia / algolia.comPrismic: @prismicio / prismic.io
Netlify: Providing amazing DX regardless of the technical stack
In this episode, we chat with Ben Hong from Netlify about the challenges of providing amazing developer experience for a wide variety of technical stacks. How do you consistently provide incredible DX to everyone when what you build isn't tied to a single platform? How do you properly think of such systems? Ben gives us insights on how the DX team works at Netlify, and how a culture of curiosity and experimentation allows them to stay in touch with the JAMstack community.
Ben Hong is a Staff Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify, one of the most popular serverless platform to build and deploy web apps. He's also very present in the Vue.js community, as a member of the core team and as a Vue Mastery instructor.
Ben Hong: @bencodezen / bencodezen.ioSarah Dayan: @frontstuff_io / sarahdayan.devAlgolia: @algolia / algolia.comNetlify: @netlify / netlify.com
What is Developer Experience?
In this first episode, we dive deeper into what is developer experience with Adam Wathan from Tailwind Labs and Lee Robinson from Vercel. Why did developer experience become so important? Concretely, what does it mean and how do you achieve it? Sarah Dayan chats with our 2 guests to uncover what makes awesome DX, what are the best examples out there, and how they imagine the future.
- Adam Wathan is the creator of Tailwind CSS, one of the most popular and the fastest growing CSS framework, which popularized utility-first CSS. He has since then founded his own company, Tailwind Labs, where he builds the best tools for CSS developers.
- Lee Robinson is the Head of Developer Relations at Vercel, the company behind Next.js, which is rapidly becoming the most popular React-based framework out there. He’s built tons of learning material, including blog posts and courses, and you can always count on his video tutorials to learn how to build anything with Next.