Cal Evans

Cal Evans

Developer Advocate at GetPantheon

Location
Greater Nashville Area
Industry
Internet

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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

Developer Advocate

GetPantheon

January 2014Present (9 months) Nashville, TN

January 1997Present (17 years 9 months)

Cal Evans' Publications

Cal Evans' Projects

  • Kony Community Portal

    • November 2012 to September 2013
    Team Members: Cal Evans, David Rogers AKA "AL the X", Don VanDemark, Curtis Michelson, Kishore Jabu, Michele Floriani, Dave Stanton, Mike Davis

    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.

  • Kony Cloud Portal

    • January 2013 to September 2013
    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

    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

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board Member

      PHPWomen
      • Science and Technology
      January 2008 present (6 years 9 months)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • PHPWomen

Cal Evans' Skills & Expertise

  1. Team Building
  2. Community Building
  3. Application Architecture
  4. Web Applications
  5. PHP
  6. Zend Framework
  7. LAMP
  8. MySQL
  9. Apache
  10. Web Development
  11. Linux
  12. Open Source
  13. JavaScript
  14. Drupal
  15. CSS
  16. jQuery
  17. E-commerce
  18. Wordpress
  19. AJAX
  20. HTML
  21. Public Speaking
  22. SEO
  23. Agile Methodologies
  24. Mobile Applications
  25. REST
  26. Software Development
  27. Databases
  28. Web Analytics
  29. WordPress
  30. Programming
  31. Subversion
  32. XML
  33. XHTML
  34. CMS
  35. HTML 5
  36. JSON
  37. Web Services
  38. Online Gaming

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Web development and surrounding technologies.

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