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Vagrant Usage Research 2017

In 2014, right before the release of Vagrant Cookbook, I conducted a Vagrant usage research to get more insights on how people were using Vagrant at that time. Three years have passed since then, and I figured it would be interesting to repeat the research and compare the data, see what changed and…


What I've Learned From a Year of Technical Writing

One year ago I was starting a new position at DigitalOcean as technical writer. I'm now back to software engineering, but my experience as a technical writer was really rewarding. Here's some of what I learned in this period, and a few tips that helped me get better at technical writing.


DjangoCon Europe 2016

Last weekend I had the pleasure to attend DjangoCon Europe , in Budapest. I never actually had contact with Python or Django, however, I was invited to be one of the keynote speakers this year.


A Beginner's Guide to Open Source: The Best Advice for Making your First Contribution

I  asked on Twitter  what advice experienced contributors would give to newcomers in open source. This post features some of the best advice people shared specially for you, in a step-by-step process to help you overcome initial barriers and feel confident about your first contribution.


The Real Benefits of Engaging in Open Source

Open source software is everywhere, powering applications and gadgets of all sizes, all over the world. If you work with technology, and specially, if you are a programmer, you are certainly using a wide range of open source software on a daily basis. You probably used Github before to check out so…


Is your Open Source Project Welcoming to New Contributors?

How can a project maintainer help newcomers feel more comfortable and confident about making their first contribution? This post has a few protips for making your open source project a welcoming and safe environment for newbies.