In Abraham Lincoln's famous A House Divided speech, he detailed the importance of planning: "If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it." The same need holds true in the API world. Thus, technical writers and documentarians will embark on a two journey in hopes to refine the technical documentation and writing process at Write the Docs (April 8-9).
Those who interact with APIs on a consistent basis understand the importance of well designed, clean documentation. Many argue that API documentation trumps any feature, SDK, or ease of use as the single most important piece of an API. The creators, sponsors, and attendees of Write the Docs agree on documentation's vital importance, and will explore methods to improve upon this oft overlooked aspect of development:
This conference creates a time and a place for this community of documentarians to share information, discuss ideas, and work together to improve the art and science of documentation.
Those interested can register at the tickets site. The conference launches at 8:00 AM, April 9th at Portland, Oregon's Mission Theatre. Attendees will hear from an all star cast of speakers (including PW's own Adam DuVander). Lead sponsors Basho, Wordpress, and Esri look forward to hosting the inaugural Write the Docs conference and hope the occasion will leave us with the roadmap to innovation (aka better documenation).