We're excited to announce a new part of the site called DEV Connect. Spurred on by an interest from the community in this sort of thing, we've added a place for connecting and chatting with other community members.
It's a messaging section which many will find immediately useful, but we plan to progressively enhance with some really nice dev-oriented tools. Here is an (early beta) example of what you can do:
Connect is live, but is very much still a work in progress. We plan on pairing these sorts of features with initiatives around mentorship, office hours, and all sorts of goodies. You are going to have a lot of fun with all of this.
We also expect that Connect will become a hub for interacting with the content of the broader platform. Consuming, creating and sharing DEV posts will be very native. This next feature is not live as I write this (but may be when you read this), but here's a quick shot from my local environment of what I'm talking about.
For now, you may open a channel with anyone you mutually follow. As DEV Connect evolves we'll make the configuration of who you can chat with available in finer detail, but the mutual-follow model is a pretty well established protocol for this sort of feature across the web.
We also have some group channels which are available to some members at the moment for testing. We will make those more accessible as we work out the details.
This is very much a beta feature, so things might be randomly broken, but we invite you to check it all out.
Happy coding ❤️