Jamaican Developers Beta Release 2

A platform for software developers in Jamaica; to connect with each other, learn, grow and market their development skills with a community of highly proficient technical officers and companies.
Jamaican Developers Beta Release 2
Monday 20. August 2018 Posted in:

Today, August 20th, we published the second beta release of the site with some UI, UX and other functional improvements. This project was conceptualized in late December of 2017. It had a slow kick-off period, with only eight days of development for the site before March 25th, 2018, the initial release of the site

The What and the Why.

As described in our previous release notesJamaica has a wide variety of quality software developers spanning from mobile, web to desktop application developers. However, there's is a dilemma between companies that are seeking quality developers and developers that cannot find work. Websites like Linkedin, Upwork, Caribbean Jobs and Truelancer aims to solve this problem in their unique way, but they lack focus on the demographics and economics of a country, in this case, Jamaica. For this is the very reason why we, at JamaicanDevelopers.com, JaD for short, are building an intranet-like version of Linkedin to focus on Jamaican developers. We are aiming to create THE COMMUNITY for software developers in Jamaica; to connect with each other, learn, grow and market their development skills with a community of highly proficient technical officers and companies.

What's New?

The development of Beta Release 2 started on August 15, since then, we've added quite a lot of improvements and features. They are as the following:

Searching for developers

Finding developers with the right skills and knowledge close by has gotten a more natural feel and process. On the user profiles page, you can filter profiles by parish, knowledge and skills. We didn't stop there, you can also filter profiles by university degree and programme.

Adding and editing new posts

We removed the side toolbar for regular members, and replace it with contextual editing tabs for users' posts. By doing this, users can directly edit or delete their posts from anywhere.

We improved the way users add and publish new posts. We added the ability for users to instantly publish their post on the feeds page and their feeds.

This form can expand to publish images and additional content once the user clicks the **ADD IMAGE / LINK** button.

UI and UX improvements for User Profile Page

A user profile page is supposed to tell a brief story about who you are as a developer. In our first release, we didn't have much. However, in this release, we added all the nits and grits for you to build your story. Viewers are now able to view your skills and knowledge base, basic biographic data, past and present occupation, and your posts. Also, they will be able to send you an email or message directly from your profile page.

UI and UX improvements for Events

The events page got a UI lift with a clean and nice countdown for each event. It is now possible to view past events and export all upcoming events.

Individual event pages have also gotten a UI / UX lift. It's cleaner, elegant and straightforward. Besides, viewers can directly share the event to various social networks from the event page.

Other changes and improvements

  • Social media share buttons were added.
  • UI / UX improvements throughout the site.
  • Improved website performance.
  • Optimized for search engines.
  • Added Google Analytics.
  • Added Email Analytics and Email Marketing.
  • Improved the user registration process.

This release includes the following JaD addons:

What's Next?

The next step from here is to allow users to log in with their social network accounts like Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Once users log in or connected their social network account to the site, then the site should ease the pain of completing the user registration information by capturing data from their social network account, preferably Linkedin. The screenshot below shows some of the tasks that are left to do.

We are aiming to release the next version by August 31st.

Can you contribute?

DEFINITELY YES!!! Our team is quite small, in fact, at this very moment of writing this post, the team only comprises of Me, Myself and I. Yes, I know, I should be using I instead of We, but let me ask you this. Doesn't this project has the jazz to attract other teches? 

How can you contribute?

At the moment, anyone can contribute to the project, once access has been granted. You can head over to our Slack channels and express your interest.

At the moment, the majority of this project components are open source. You can view all the issues, wikis and snippets on the project's Gitlab page.

Ways to contribute:

  • If you desire to contribute code, you may request access to our source repository on Gitlab. However, we are mostly seeking individuals who are versed in the following fields:
    • Python
    • Git
    • Web Development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)
  • You can head over to our Slack channels and engage in various different convos. At the moment, there aren't much.
  • Help us market our website and become an essential contributor to the success of this venture. 
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