So what is a developer experience anyway?

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  • Blog Post: Climate change and developer personas

    I was out on a customer visit a few weeks ago, observing different developers at their workplace as they used Visual Studio to write code and build applications. One of the developers I observed behaved in ways that were common to both our opportunistic developer persona and the pragmatic developer...
  • Blog Post: Blogs are no good

    ...for understanding who you are designing for. I've been involved in too many discussions about a design (either after a usability study or a review or during the design process) when we are discussing something that doesn't work or doesn't feel right. Maybe we ran a usability study and observed...
  • Blog Post: Bricolage, tinkering and gender differences in programming

    There's a great essay at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703989304575503730101860838.html describing how great ideas often don't come from "momentous ideas transcending their surroundings, a gifted mind somehow seeing over the detritus of old ideas and ossified tradition". Instead, many...
  • Blog Post: Making effective use of personas in design

    I've created and worked with a number of different personas during my time in the Visual Studio User Experience team at Microsoft. I've learned a lot about how to use them effectively, and, contrary to what others have recently written about the use of personas, I believe they are still indispensable...
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