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TPDP Episode #12: Getting the Developer Help You Need, Online

I am pleased to announce that the latest episode of The Polyglot Developer Podcast has been released to popular podcasting networks such as, but not limited to, iTunes and Pocket Casts. In this episode titled, Getting the Help You Need on Stack Overflow, Blogs, and Forum Boards, I revisit something I had discussed on this blog a few years back. The subject is on getting developer help, online.

Back in 2015 I wrote about the best ways to seek help on The Polyglot Developer. Both the podcast episode and blog post were inspired by a common set of questions that I would receive in the comments section of the blog. The common set of questions lack important information required to give a quality response.

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The Developer Community Gives Back

I’ve been writing developer related content for a few years now, most of which I distribute for free. Sure I have some donation requests around this blog, but I never demand any and I try not to force it on you. I enjoy helping the developer community, and more, I enjoy creating a healthy developer community that helps each other.

This is a short story on how the developer community that I created, heard my request for help, and offered to lend me their skills.

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How To Get Programming Help In Forums And On My Blog

So I answer enough forum, Stack Overflow, and blog questions to feel it is now necessary to teach people how to properly seek programming help using these outlets or similar. I feel it is necessary because so much time can be saved for everyone when this is done correctly.

As someone who provides free resources and programming help, I often get a ton of questions that annoy me. Everyone like me understands that people want help, but may not know the best ways to get it. We’ll see the correct way to go about getting it.

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