12 days of microblogging: developer journal

For the 9th day in our 12 days of microblogging series, we want to talk about developer blogs. Most developers on Micro.blog use their blogs like everyone else — posting photos, sharing stories, recording a microcast, or linking to articles they’ve read — but some developers use the microblog format as a programming journal, writing about coding problems and eventual solutions through a series of posts.

Brent Simmons helped popularize this format in the iOS developer community back in 2013 when he published 16 posts while working out how to implement syncing. I’ve noticed at least a few developers adopt a similar format during the development of Micro.blog third-party apps, such as Isaiah Carew working on Kiwi earlier this summer, Vincent Ritter on Gluon, and Mike Haynes designing Dialog.

Blogging is a great way to work through an idea. When you take time to write a few sentences or paragraphs about an opinion on almost any topic, you’ll find that you have a stronger understanding of it by the time you hit publish. It can be the same way for a programming challenge.

There have already been 8 other posts in this series, and we link to all of them over on the Micro.blog help site. Three more posts to go this week to finish out the 12-post series!

Manton Reece @manton