Good documentation, readable code, great performance, intuitive APIs. These are few things that differentiates a successful open source project than just another GitHub repo that nobody cares. But what if you’ve done all that and still nobody is paying attention?
Unless you’re a rockstar developer or a well-known company, you’ll need to promote your new thing. I know, I know, you’re an engineer, “promoting” is a curse word for you. Well, I’m sorry to tell you that but “build it and they will come” doesn’t work these days.
Once you accept that promoting is a necessary “evil”, there are many ways you can explore that like sharing on social media, reaching out influencers, writing articles, recording screencasts, and so on.
You can even go a tech conference and give a talk! Sounds scary, right? I know, I know, public speaking is tough and talking in front of other people can be intimidating. However, if you face that fear you’ll see how it’s actually a pretty rewarding experience.
Conferences are unique opportunities to promote your thing because there’s a lot of excitement going on. Attendees are simply eager to share something new to their followers and peers.
But how can we prove that? How can we demonstrate that creating an open source project + giving a talk about it = growth of community interest? How can we evaluate interest after all?
Driven by my endless curiosity on to how to measure developer relations success, I did some data mining to find out how the answer. Let’s explore two relevant open source projects from two big players in the tech industry.
Today, we’re not only analyzing what happened from April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, we’ll also compare those numbers with Q1 to check what we did right and what we can improve.
WebComponents.org is a community project. We truly believe that in order for something to be fully embraced by the community, it needs to be transparent. Starting from now, we’re going to share statistics that are often not publicized by other open source projects.
Hopefully, those numbers will help you understand where we are and where are we going. More than that, it can give you some insights on how we can make this better together.
Today, we’re going to measure what happened from January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 across few different spectrums.
At Liferay we have more than 600 employees spread in 18 different offices all over the world. Some of these people work with similar stuff but they may not interact with each other since they are working in different projects.
This is an interesting problem to solve.
Many companies think that just by using an instant messaging tool like Slack you’re covered but the truth is, nothing replaces human interaction.
In a world where you can create your own
<awesome-button>tag and distribute it with a simple
<link rel="import" href="awesome-button.html">, a whole range of options for composability and reusability emerges.
Web Components are coming and there are many challenges coming along. How we connect component authors with component consumers is one of them.
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