Developer Advocate at GetPantheon
- Greater Nashville Area
Cal Evans's Overview
Cal Evans' Summary
I create a positive Developer Experience (DX) for companies that want to get the attention of developers.
Whether you create libraries, frameworks, plugins, or IDEs, if your company sells its products or concepts to developers, you need to be aware of "Developer Experience".
DX is more than just showing up with T-Shirts at a hack-a-thon. It's more than having the coolest sticker available. It's more than sponsoring the drinks at every conference you can find. DX is the mindset that developers are important to your company. By constantly improving your DX, you signal to developers around the world that you are a thought-leader, not a bartender. Pay attention to Developer Experience and developers will pay attention to you.
I create positive Developer Experiences. I help companies speak Geek.
Cal Evans' Experience
Cal Evans' Projects
Team Members: Cal Evans, David Rogers AKA "AL the X", Don VanDemark, Curtis Michelson, Kishore Jabu, Michele Floriani, Dave Stanton, Mike Davis
- November 2012 to September 2013
The Kony Customer Portal had a hacked-on installation of vBulletin doing a poor job of providing community support. It was filled with old posts and ambiguous taxonomy that made it difficult to find relevant questions and answers about common subjects. The moderators had a hard time keeping up with open questions and pointing people towards accurate answers due to thread length. In short, all the things that happen to a long-lived support forum were happening to Kony.
I imagined a replacement that operated more like Stack Overflow and Get Satisfaction or User Voice: a community where the participants could actually participate, where the currency was Votes and Answers, where the moderators were empowered to identify an Answer as the Right Answer and everyone saw that endorsement. We set about building the system in Drupal, to remain consistent with the other websites, and completed the functionality relatively quickly. When the design shift from Kony 2.0 to 3.0 came around, there was little work needed to apply the redesign.
Team Members: Cal Evans, David Rogers AKA "AL the X", Don VanDemark, Curtis Michelson, Patrick Burch, Destry Gustin, Michele Floriani, Alison Oldford, Dave Stanton, Mike Davis
- January 2013 to September 2013
Alongside the launch of the new Kony PaaS product line, the company needed a replacement for the aging, hacked together Customer Portal. After analyzing the content in the current Customer Portal, I proposed a new information architecture that would push the site forward incrementally. However, the Execs wanted a more dramatic break from the previous version, and we went back to the drawing board. With some significant changes, we provided an all new Customer Portal with less of an emphasis on the developer users.
Cal Evans' Volunteer Experience & Causes
Cal Evans' Skills & Expertise
- Team Building
- Community Building
- Application Architecture
- Web Applications
- Zend Framework
- Web Development
- Open Source
- Public Speaking
- Agile Methodologies
- Mobile Applications
- Software Development
- Web Analytics
- HTML 5
- Web Services
- Online Gaming
Cal Evans' Additional Information
Contact Cal for:
- career opportunities
- consulting offers
- reference requests
- getting back in touch