5 Examples of Great Developer Experiences

Written BY

Josh Colter
April 30, 2022

Engineering managers know that happy developers are productive developers. When devs are empowered with the right tools and working on tasks that interest them, they're more likely to be engaged with their work and produce better results.

However, in most businesses, Developer Experience (DX) is secondary to making the User Experience (UX) as flawless as possible. This is problematic for several reasons — most importantly because software developers are users too!

When devs can easily and efficiently use your product and frameworks, it makes it easier for them to build, test, and deploy their own code. This leads to short feedback loops, increases overall engineering efficiency, and improves developer productivity.

Their satisfaction and happiness are crucial.

Creating a great dx isn't always easy, but it's worth the effort. Here are five platforms that we can learn from this year.

The best developer experiences in 2022

1. Plaid

First up on our list is Plaid, a tech platform that allows developers to create digital financial services for users. The developer-friendly infrastructure and suite of APIs and intelligence tools enables devs to launch new apps with ease. To date, over 5,500 fintechs have been built on Plaid.

2. Begin

Begin boasts the world's most advanced cloud tech. This serverless hosting platform is built atop AWS and is ideal for shipping scalable web applications quickly. Devs also appreciate how Begin puts a time on a quick-start. Ex: "This guide should require less than 5 minutes."

3. Render

Another cloud platform worth mentioning is Render. Render can power everything from simple HTML pages to complex applications. Devs on Twitter say they can't believe how simple Render makes it to deploy apps and note its "incredible programming language and framework support."

4. Termii

Based in Nigeria, Termii's robust documentation and vibrant, growing community have made it a leading platform for developers. Join their Slack channel and you'll see devs helping each other solve problems, sharing advice on best practices, and more.

5. Vercel

Vercel is the company behind Next.js, the popular React framework they built with Google and Facebook. Vercel's platform enables frontend teams to develop and ship Jamstack sites fast while maintaining scalability and performance. They also have starter kits and code that devs can clone and deploy themselves.

How to improve developer experience

Now that you've seen examples of good dx, let's look at five ways you can improve the developer experience at your technology company.

Offer concierge onboarding

Concierge onboarding means having a team of experts available to help developers every step of the way, from sign-up to launch. This is the gold standard for good dx and something that all companies should strive for.

Make it easy to find documentation

Documentation is crucial for devs using your product or framework. If it's hard to find or difficult to understand, they're likely to get frustrated and give up. Make sure your docs are easy to locate and well organized.

Communicate early and often

This is a no-brainer. Developers should know what's happening with your product or framework. Keep your team in the loop on changes, new features, roadmap updates, and anything else that might impact their work.

Provide ample resources

In the same way a chef needs the right tools to cook, developers must have access to the resources they need to be successful. This includes things like documentation, support, training materials, tech stacks, credible software, and more.

Constant feedback is key

Give developers a way to provide feedback on your product or framework. This could be through shared forums, a survey, or other means. Make sure you listen to their feedback and make changes accordingly.

Conclusion

Libraries, SDKs, documentation, frameworks, APIs, and general tools are all part of a company's DX strategy. A positive developer experience ensures that devs have the resources they need to maximize their productivity, which ultimately benefits you and your company.

On the flip side, a poor developer experience can result in repetitive tasks, too much context switching, and slows down the entire process.

Consider ways you can improve your developer experience today. By prioritizing the happiness of the development team, you're investing in the success of your product.

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