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Community for Developer Credentials

Published 05/14/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Jess Meli
What can you use the app for?

Coderwall is an application that enables skilled professionals provide information about their achivements and successes. It provides a channel for skilled workers such as programmers and developers to let others see summaries of their skills, experience and interests. By providing such information, technically inclined individuals can gain credibility and also remain relevant within their specific career or job-oriented communities. Users of Coderwall can also include their profiles in job applications, although depending on the employer, interpretations of the presented profiles may not be readily clear. Nevertheless, it can contribute positively to a job application.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Coderwall was founded by Matt Deiters and launced in 2012 but it had a web presence since 2011. It is designed to be a reputation systems which developers can use to provide insight regarding their competency and skills in various areas of program development. Codewall is also gaining popularity with developers. There are many references to the application on websites including GitHub, Quora, Stack Overflow and others. Coderwall is one of the startups that was incubated at Y Combinator which is located in Mountain View California. With links to sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn, Coderwall is growing and there are employers who are beginning to request job applicants to include information pertaining to their Coderwall profile.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are other application that enable users sign up to become members and benefit from a sense of community. Coderwall presents similar benefits but also specifies that one of its main objectives is the opportunity given to users to provide their credentials and keep track of their achievements. Similar to a trophy wall, Coderwall allows users to update their walls with new information.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The application gives new developers a fresh-looking forum within which they can shine and show off their talent and skills. The Coderwall application provides a community feel in which developers are invited to provide information about what they are working on or other credentials that can be of value to various individuals and groups including those wishing to hire a developer. It feels like a community of career-oriented individuals and a place that people with similar skills or career goals can converge and make connections. An inviting graphic depicting the multitude of users also helps visitors and potential users understand what the application does and the sense of community it encourages.

How does the registration process work?

To register on Coderwall, potential users can link one of their accounts that exist on GitHub, Twitter or LinkedIn. Hence, there is no separate sign up process for users if they do not already have an existing GitHub, Twitter or LinkedIn account. Once the user accesses their GitHub, Twitter or LinkedIna ccount, they are prompted to begin creating their Coderwall.

What does it cost to use the application?

Coderwall is free to use. There are no required payments for setting up a account or using the platform. However, access to Coderwall can be granted through other applications that may have a pricing structure. Users who go through such platforms to access Coderwall could be encountering a fee structure on the entry portal that links them to Coderwall.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Coderwall is a beneficial application to skilled individuals such as developers, programmers, software engineers and the teams within which they work. It can be an innovative way of acquiring new jobs by specifying accomplishments on a "wall" or webpage. Potential employers can discover new talent for their organizations by browsing the available walls of information to find specific credentials. Coderwall can be recommended to skilled technical workers who are seeking a community of similar individuals for career growth, networking and support.

  • Coderwall can change how jobs are acquired
  • It can connect with Twitter, GitHub and LinkedIn accounts
  • It provides a common community of individuals with relatable skills
  • It also provides a channel for specifying credentials and achievements
  • Developers can update their portfolios and distinguish themselves from others

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