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DenverCoder9 and the future of DEV

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・1 min read

As DEV grows in popularity, it's really exciting to see folks finding community, encouragement and guidance. It's also exciting to see that people are finding solutions. DEV is a sort of social/utilitarian hybrid. Everything we write adds to an helpful knowledge-base over time.

As our platform matures, we will continue to add features that augment the blogging form factor. More context clues, ability to indicate that a post is out of date or semi-out-of-date, more helpful collaboration via annotations, smarter bookmarking, etc.

There are existing resources more specifically devoted to building this "knowledge-base", but I think our approach, which gives a lot of agency and respect to the individual creator, will ultimately be very helpful for the developer ecosystem.

We at DEV have great respect for how software development happens.


The DenverCoder9s of the DEV community will be the most helpful DenverCoder9s yet.

Happy coding ❤️

Cartoon by XKCD, of course.

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Sergiu Mureşan

DEV might rival StackOverflow in terms of popularity in a couple years.

Developers really hate ads and having a social media dedicated to them with basically no ads will certainly keep on attracting more and more people.

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yucer

I have been a developer by 28 years. I have seen the web grow and evolve.

I don't hate ads. Ads have provided the money for the web evolution.

Ads did also motivate the people to put the content in the web and make it the big thing it is today.

I like a lot the Ads related to programming concepts, services and components. It keeps me informed of new stuff while paying the people working on the content of the websites that I like.

Some people want to pay, some people like Ads. When I see a website with a premium feature of diabling the Ads, I see freedom.

Maybe the problem is the business model. Many websites put a fixed price for disabling the Ads. I would make a flexible model based on a prepaid amount and the user decide the random distribution of Ad exclusions.

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Michiel Hendriks

Dev.to and SO are fundamentaly different places. It's not just the direction of information, at dev.to you give at SO you ask. But SO is also quite much a game, earning points and stuff. And also this extremely terrible stuff:

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Ben Halpern Author

Stack and DEV are definitely very different. It will be interesting to see how things evolve.

I’ve been trying to think of DEV as tooling for folks to make use of as they’d like (so long as they don’t hurt the general user experience).

Stack, DEV, Reddit, Medium, Quora, Twitter, GitHub, Discuourse, etc. There’s a bit of crossover with a lot of different platforms that serve different needs.

Staying open-minded and imaginative and seeing where things go. The constant for some of this is that we live on the open web and are therefore partners to Google.

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yucer

I see value in DEV because it provides the experience in the form of POST.

I use Stack Overflow in order to consult one organized knowledge base in the form of Q/A.

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deleteme deleteme

You built it - devs will come. I came here from Medium because of the markdown writing experience and the ability to tag my posts. These two things are what I most value.

I wish there was a way to ignore a tag so I don't see articles about it. For example, php. I will never ever write PHP, I know for a fact I won't ever care about it.

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Meghan (she/her)

I've been working on a web app recently that allows you to read news articles without all the page clutter @ nektro.github.io/reader/. It's all on GitHub, totally client-side and I recently added support for medium.com!

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Michiel Hendriks

There is medium. Which is kind of a common blogging platform. But I hate their user experience.

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Andrew Richardson

I love DEV and the lack of ads, but out of interest, how do you see the long term funding working? I'd be up for paying a small monthly fee to keep it going, and I doubt I'm alone in that.

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Ben Halpern Author

Well we currently have sponsors, which are sort of like ads. To the extent we do more of this, it will be done tastefully and minimally.

We currently have a membership available but we sort of downplay it because we want to go back to the drawing board on what exactly we're offering.

We also have some education-oriented things, perhaps courses, etc. in the future roadmap. This would likely be a platform where members could both pay and make money off the platform. A sort of more explicit teacher-student relationship amongst our experts.

So lonterm I imagine our funding will come from a variety of sources, but we haven't rushed too hard into anything thus far.

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Andrew Richardson

Sounds great, seems like the future is bright then!

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Ben Halpern Author

I feel like tooling is what I’m mostly describing in this post. Excited about where we’re going in terms of tooling.

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Sergiu Mureşan

What do you mean by "tooling"? As in usefulness?

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Shreyas Minocha

I was wondering where I'd read "DenverCoder9"