DevPortal Update #3: UX Improvements, More Javascript Tutorials and More!

in steem •  7 months ago

In the last Dev Portal Update we announced the addition of Ruby and Javascript tutorials, documentation on the AppBase API, testnets, and Office Hours in the SteemDevs Discord. Since the last update we’ve made the portal more useful to developers with some organizational improvements, deep linking of API definitions, ‘curl’ examples, and two new Javascript tutorials.

Improved UX

We’ve been adding so much to the developer portal that the user experience has become unwieldy and better organization at the user interface level has become necessary. To that end we’ve improved our main navigation and broken up pages that have become too long. These changes will enable us to continue adding to the site without negatively impacting the user experience.

Deep Linking

In order to help developers more easily share API documentation, we’ve made it possible to “deep link” API definitions.. Just use the url in the “link” icon.

’Curl’ examples

We've added command-line 'curl' examples to many api call definitions to demonstrate how the methods work.

More Javascript Tutorials!

We added two new Javascript tutorials to the runnable tutorials repository. The first shows developers how they can retrieve post content and details. The second demonstrates how to get a list of posts from different categories like trending, hot, active, etc.

Feedback Welcome

Thank you for reading this Dev Portal update. Our goal with these updates is to inform developers of what we’re doing in our attempt to provide community developers the resources you need and to make Steem the blockchain of opportunity. We’re very proud of the work our dev portal team is doing and encourage you to check out their work for yourself at developers.steem.io.

The Steemworks Team

With that in mind, we want to announce that the dev portal team has given themselves a new name, The Steemworks Team, because Steem should “just work”.

Feedback is always welcome, whether it’s about what tutorials we should add or other improvements. Email any suggestions to Steemit’s Developer Advocate at da@steemit.com, with the subject line “devportal - $subject”.

Team Steemit

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What we really want to know is why is Steemit broken for the past two months and when are you going to fix it?

Nothing works as it should. Wallet buggs out, reputation while in wallet also, 504 errors all the time, account doesn't exist error, bla, bla, bla.

Also when will we finally see hf20 and smts?

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Regarding steemit.com, please check the condenser GitHub repository. If there is already an issue open, you can check to see if you have any useful details to add to help debug the issue. If there is not an issue, you should open one so the dev team knows to take a look at things.

https://github.com/steemit/condenser/issues

I haven't seen any recent updates on HF20 and SMTs. HF20 is being tracked here. I've heard that has been on hold for a while so they could work on scalability changes. There has been a lot of activity regarding SMTs, but it is still probably a ways off still before it is 100% 'ready'.

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very good questions, I need to look into HF20 and what's in the upgrade.

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Why work on scalability before SMTs and hf20 when we are never using more than 0,2% ? SMTs won't dramatically increase it straight away. EOS is slowly gaining on us and might beat us in the race if we continue running in such a slow pace.

I've been here for longer than 10 months and the only changes we got in that time are custom banners and a laughable redesign of the front end and the logo (this could be done in a day).

Apps like busy and steepshot have more development in a month than steemit in 10. Why?

Also the lack of development on SMTs is causing us to lose a lot of potential partners and if it continues that way all of them will soon go to EOS or ETH if they are really unpatient and want to take compromises to go live sooner.

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The 0.2% statistic that is reported at https://www.blocktivity.info/ is just one measure of scalability. The RAM requirements for full nodes to operate (as well as exchange nodes) has been increasing at an unsustainable rate for some time now. There are some details in this post. Solving scalability before we do things that will drive a large number of new users to the platform seems like the right order to do things in.

I've been here for longer than 10 months and the only changes we got in that time are custom banners and a laughable redesign of the front end and the logo (this could be done in a day).

Condenser (the code for steemit.com) hasn't seemed like a super high priority, but that doesn't mean nothing is getting done. Look at the development activity in GitHub. There is a lot of development activity going on in other projects.

Apps like busy and steepshot have more development in a month than steemit in 10. Why?

They are more focused on the front-end. Steemit seems to be working on more framework and back-end applications.

Also the lack of development on SMTs is causing us to lose a lot of potential partners and if it continues that way all of them will soon go to EOS or ETH if they are really unpatient and want to take compromises to go live sooner.

There is not a lack of development. Again, check out the GitHub repository. There has been a lot of SMT development going on for the past ~6 months.

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Why work on scalability before SMTs and hf20 when we are never using more than 0,2% ?

I had the same question. Maybe theres are more problems regarding scalibility that doesnt necesarily relate to the blockchain capability.
For example: the rapid grow in accounts creation vs. the physical cost of creating each account + the low user retention in the platform.
Those are problems with scalability even tho if they dont represent an overload in the system.
Just a guess, but i would love to have a certain answer.
Thanks for adressing these problems, @runicar.
D.

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the tools you folks have provided has been a great help to my teams endeavors with STEEM. i am very pleased with the new updates to the dev portal as well. thanks and keep up the good work

Awesome, more developer resources is absolutely necessary to attract and retain more developers on the platform

Why don't you stop declining your payout in order to give it to users who work hard and post informative content or to hire some more employees ...

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When they decline rewards, it keeps the money in the rewards pool to be given out to other authors/commenters.

wow it is really good news

Really such a wonderful project. You guys are doing a great work. This project is really great, I like it. Keep on enrich steemit with your great work.This will help a lot for new users glossary of Steem-specific terms, and improvements always needed for the betterment of the system.

Interesting

muy bueno sigue asi la informacion es de agrado

Thanks for your information..

Great informative post.
Thanks for sharing........

Hmmm ok i think those tutorials would be useful.

Is this where we can suggest changes on the Steemit website? Like maybe remove the self-upvote function if it's getting abused or maybe remove the upvoting capability of red fishes/minnows too until we get enough reputation that our upvotes will not be dust anymore?

Or maybe someone can reply to my ulog and enlighten us. Thank you.

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Here are guidelines for contributing to condenser (the code for steemit.com):
https://github.com/steemit/condenser/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md

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No enlightenment then? Just plain go and file a report/complaint/proposal? Ok will see if I can do something. Not very good with coding, in fact I only know very basic html and I hate programming and such but I'll read it. Thanks.

What do we get if we submit something?

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It is an open source project, so contributing is done voluntarily. If you post about what you did though, then the post can potentially earn rewards.

Excellent post very interesting friend, thanks

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Please Stop - @andreina89

You just said "excellent post" and in your your last 100 comments you used 44 phrases considered to be spam and you made this exact same comment 1 times. You've received 0 flags and you may see more on comments like these. These comments are the reason why your Steem Sincerity API classification scores are Spam: 60.50% and Bot: 1.10%

Please stop making comments like this and read the ways to avoid @pleasestop and earn the support of the community.

Thanks for the updated documentation :)

The improvement in the tutorials part is great, I think it is exactly what Steem needs to be able to attract new developers to this blockchain, in order to build new applications based on it.

I haven't much time to look over it, but I should make some time for this and give a more appropriate feedback. Anyway, great job for the updates!

Hah steemitblog is on trending again! Did someone cleanup the trending for us?

Fantastic! Great to see these updates for Devs. Go Steem Go!

Dear @steemitblog, whatever happened to speaking English?

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They're speaking devglish.

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oh yeah. fcuking nerds. knock yourselves out.

Oops I commented on your old post so this might be double posting. I maintain a wiki , where I have a page dedicated to steem dev related stuff. I'll add a link to your wiki on my wiki:
https://yoirtuts.com/index.php?title=Steemit
(The page is called steemit, but should actually be called: "steem")

🙌🙌🙌 hello friend@steemitblog is very well your post I liked it, only that I can not see the image because my Internet BAM does not allow it, but anyway I will be contributing with my vote, without anything else to say I say goodbye to the propsima his friend @manduto

Thanks for posting this update. I have created a small app using steemit api to get your recent posts in embeddable form to put in your new post:
Recent posts app widget

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I particularly appreciate the improvement in UX. With developments like This, we'll soar to even greater heights. God bless Steemit

informative post

I want to learn the Python language.

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