Don’t forget about documentation

As part of my final year project at university I had to create a web application allowing students to register for university. The requirements of this project had us write a minimum of 80 pages of documentation regarding the application, and it was honestly one of the most boring things I’ve ever had to expend energy producing. I wrote page after page of what is the biggest pile of tripe-masqueraded-as-documentation that I’ve ever produced. I didn’t want to invest my time in it. I would’ve much preferred to spend my time coding.

Fast-forward five months and I was working for a startup on their documentation team. Almost two and a half years later, I’m still working here and I love it. I love writing docs, I love exploring new products and new APIs and helping other people use them to create awesome things.

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