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Sahil Bhardwaj
Sahil Bhardwaj

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Decoding Developer Advocacy, Relations, and DevRel Evangelism πŸ€”

Hey there, fellow tech enthusiasts! πŸ‘‹ Ever wondered about the driving force behind the magic of open source projects? What is advocacy doing in tech? What sort of relation are developers seeking? 🧐 That's where I swoop in, armed with passion and a mission to make everything as clear as water (hope so..). Join me on this journey as we explore the vibrant roles of developer advocacy & developer relations & DevRel evangelist in the open-source realm.

While these terms are all connected and have similarities, they all play distinct roles in different environments. Here we will assume they are doing most of the work, which is identical and that is managing the community and relations around the tech community and bringing engagement to the product they are advocating for. A developer advocate is a developer's best friend. Picture this: Developer advocates aren't just cheerleaders for tech; they're the ultimate connectors. They speak developer, understand the needs of the community, and play matchmaker between tech wizards and project goals. It's a dance of communication, education, and empowerment. Moreover, all these are subsets of Developer Relations who does everything like advocacy, marketing, community & providing developers with the right set of resources.

Open Source Magic.

In the open-source world, every move matters. These are the chess players, navigating the challenges of diverse contributors, remote teams, and skill-level variations. Their role is more than advocacy; it's about orchestrating a symphony of collaboration. Communities don't just happen; they're crafted with care. Developer advocates host the party, organizing events, creating docs that speak human, and fostering collaboration. They're the architects behind the scenes, ensuring developers connect, learn, and contribute to the project's grand narrative.

What are some examples of developer advocates doing magic

Let's dive into some tales from the tech world.

  1. React (JavaScript Library):

    • Champion: Dan Abramov
    • Why? Dan and other advocates turned React.js into a household name with engaging tutorials and talks, sparking its widespread adoption.
  2. Vue.js (JavaScript Framework):

    • Advocate: Sarah Drasner
    • How? Sarah's educational content and passionate talks have made Vue.js not just a framework but a developer's favorite playground.
  3. Node.js (JavaScript Runtime):

    • Influence: Dev advocates fueled Node.js with contributions to docs, event organizing, and community engagement, propelling it to success.
  4. Docker (Containerization):

    • Driving Force: Docker's developer relations team crafted tutorials, hosted DockerCon, and shared best practices, making containers a developer's go-to tool.
  5. Kubernetes (Container Orchestration):

    • Guiding Hand: DevRel efforts navigated Kubernetes to the top, offering clear documentation, community forums, and engaging events.
  6. TensorFlow (Machine Learning Framework):

    • Advocacy in ML: TensorFlow advocates created resources, joined community events, and collaborated, shaping it into a powerhouse in machine learning.
  7. Eclipse (IDE and Development Tools):

    • Community Allies: Eclipse thrives with developer advocates shaping IDE tools, ensuring it remains a crucial part of the developer ecosystem.
  8. WordPress (Content Management System):

    • Contributors' Impact: Advocates and contributors fuel WordPress, enhancing the core, building plugins, and fostering a vibrant community.
  9. Rust (Programming Language):

    • Evangelizing Rust: Developer advocates played a pivotal role with tutorials, blog posts, and community engagement, making Rust a language of choice.
  10. Jupyter (Notebook Environment):

    • Advocating Data Science: Jupyter advocates, with engaging content and community involvement, established it as the go-to for data science and scientific computing.

These projects are not just code repositories; they're thriving ecosystems, thanks to the passionate advocates who've breathed life into them & the list goes on. πŸš€βœ¨


In the realm of developer advocacy, challenges are like dragons waiting to be slayed. Navigating diverse opinions, resolving conflicts, and championing inclusivity isn't easy. Developer advocates aren't just trailblazers; they're problem-solvers ensuring the community ship sails smoothly. Making path for success and more product engagement and acting as a bridge between the developers and the users.

As we wrap up, remember this: these synonyms are the secret sauce behind open source success. Let's appreciate the wizards who make it happen. By joining open source communities, understanding the advocacy dance, and contributing, we become part of a tech revolution that shapes our digital landscape.

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