Developer Experience

31 reviews

About this ebook

Developer Experience (DX) is all about how easily and effectively developers can get things done. Good DX is like good UX for developers. It is about creating tools, APIs, and services that enable developers to be productive, satisfied, and empowered. This book by Addy Osmani makes the case for why DX matters - it impacts developer happiness, retention, innovation velocity, and business performance.

It also explores core principles like ensuring a smooth onboarding, minimizing complexity, providing good documentation and community support. It discusses frameworks to measure DX using metrics for usability, findability, usefulness. Developer journey mapping is proposed as a technique to identify pain points and friction.

The book explains how to enable a DX mindset in your organization, implement a DX roadmap, and track DX maturity levels. There are case studies demonstrating where investments in DX translated to tangible business value. With a great DX, developers can create exceptional end-user experiences. 

Read ahead for insights and a practical guide to improve your DX. The key takeaway is that optimizing DX should be a priority and requires a cross-functional effort spanning product, engineering and community engagement.

Ratings and reviews

31 reviews
TJ Consulting
November 17, 2023
Feel like I learned something. I've always known the importance of a seamless dev journey, but this book puts it into perspective. It tries to emphasize how each step in the developer iteration loop should be low-friction and empowering. I dug the focus on creating a 'pit of success' for devs. It's not just about slapping together a bunch of tools and calling it a day. The artwork/photography was also fun so kudos there.
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Build JS
November 17, 2023
This DX book rocks. I was pleasantly surprised with how comprehensively researched it appeared. I've wanted to get a clearer definition of DX and more concrete examples of why it matters to businesses. This definitely covered those dimensions well. I also liked the attention paid to explaining how to balance the trade-offs of UX vs. DX.
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Vergnugen Eins
November 17, 2023
Half way through but a good read! I've been trying to find a good book on how to think about developer experience vs. user-experience. Found this title touched on this pretty thoroughly and I also liked how well it covered the dimensions of quality that tie back to DX overall. Would recommend. Is there a physical version in the works?
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About the author

Addy Osmani is an engineering leader working on Google Chrome. He leads up Chrome's Developer Experience organization, helping reduce the friction for developers to build great user experiences.

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