A tech writer, a map, and an app – ASTC 2017
I’m attending the Technical Communicators Conference 2017, which is the annual conference of the Australian Society for Technical Communication (ASTC). This post is about the session I presented at the conference.
I presented a session called A tech writer, a map, and an app. The session is about my experiences developing an app, why I tried my hand at app development, and what I learned from the experience. The app itself, Tech Comm on a Map, is an interactive map that shows events of interest to technical communicators. The app is available on the web and on Android.
The presentation included a technical overview of the app and what went into developing it:
- The difference between a web-based application and a mobile app. Tech Comm on a Map is available as a native Android app as well as a webapp.
- Where the app’s data is stored, and how it’s crowd sourced.
- What open sourcing means, and why you may want to open source your code.
- The information sources that I used when developing the app.
I’ve learned much from the experience of developing an app, including:
- Interactions with my engineering colleagues have increased mutual understanding and respect.
- Fellow technical writers all over the world help compile the data. A project like this is a good way of connecting with your peers.
- Developing an app has helped me better understand my audience of software engineers, by experiencing their needs and problems first hand.
- The project has given me confidence in my own abilities in a highly technical field.