There's a continued welcome evolution in the role of the developer — from code monkey to creative worker. It's a good way to motivate and retain some of the most in-demand roles, by making the job more creative and less tedious. But truly it's in response to our increasingly complicated and distributed systems. As much of these roles has to be automated as possible to allow developers and other tech roles to focus on more problem solving and systems resiliency.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we talk to Jason Yee about two trends surrounding this evolution — the role of the developer evangelist and the role of progressive delivery.
We've already written about the increasing popularity of the developer advocate or evangelist. It's an eclectic role that involves a mix of content marketing and public speaking, documentation writing, and customer support. For Yee, in this role for almost three years at monitoring and analytics service Datadog, it's all about community, helping developers "think about tech in a different way."