Welcome to my blog!
I’m a Senior Programmer Writer, which is a Technical Writer who writes about various aspects of programming for software developers–and who has been doing it for a while.
I’m currently leading the documentation team for the Angular web development framework at Google. You can see the results of our efforts at angular.io and you can contribute to those docs through our GitHub repo at https://github.com/angular/angular.
Previous career adventures include writing about the AWS IoT Core service, which is the service that Internet of Things (IoT) devices use to connect to Amazon Web Service (AWS) cloud services and teaching Technical Communication at Mercer University.
My research interests focused on applying human-centered design principles to benefit the patients and staff of small clinics in lower-middle-income countries and how the same principles can be used to measure and improve technical communication methods and practices. In 2015, I was awarded a PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) from the University of Washington, Seattle with a concentration in Global Technology and Communication Management. My dissertation, The Effect of Visual Design and Information Content on Readers’ Assessments of API Reference Topics, studied the effect of variations in design and information content on the performance and perception of API reference topics.
My professional career started in the software industry where I’ve worked as a software engineer and development-team manager. After developing a variety of software products on different platforms and at different companies, I moved to technical writing to find new challenges and it continues to deliver them.
Technical writing continues to provide the perfect opportunity to apply my passion for technology, research, and communication.
For more about me:
- Check out my online resume
- Visit my LinkedIn profile
- Follow me as @bobwatsonphd on Twitter
- Follow me as Bob Watson on Quora