Erin McKean

Google Open Source Programs Office


Erin McKean does “docs advocacy” for Google’s Open Source Programs Office, working to help developers (especially in open source) build good documentation practice. She is the founder of the not-for-profit, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and before Javascript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl, and Omnimark (if you have ever written anything in Omnimark, she will buy you a drink). In addition to writing code, blog posts, and documentation, she’s also the author of the Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses, and is an honorary fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She blogs at When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.

Docs Advocacy is Dev Advocacy

As a developer advocate, you’re demonstrating much more than just how to use your product, framework, or service. You’re modeling “how to be a developer” as well. In this talk you’ll learn five things you can do to model good documentation practice for your adoring fans and grow a culture of documentation among developers.



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