APIs and SDKs: Breaking into a Specialty Market, presented by Ed Marshall

  • 20 Feb 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
  • The Hilton Garden Inn, Burlington, MA & Webinar


  • 65+ and those currently seeking employment
  • Attend the program via webinar only. You will receive information about how to log into the webinar after you have registered.

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Ed Marshall will present APIs and SDKs: Breaking into a Specialty Market.  Ed is a frequent presenter for STC New England and is giving us an updated version of a presentation he gave to us a few years ago.  This is a very educational presentation, whether you're already writing for developers, or don't even know what an API is, this is not to be missed!

Program Overview
Since the early 1990s, the demand for application programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) documentation for developers has grown rapidly and shows no signs of declining. At the same time, there  is a shortage of writers in this niche. They enjoy a steady income, higher hourly rates or salaries, and often the luxury of telecommuting.

How do you enter and succeed in this market? Join Ed Marshall, an internationally recognized expert in API/SDK writing, for an introduction to this world of writing documentation for software developers.

Ed will discuss the following topics,

  • What APIs and SDKs are and the similarities and differences between them.
  • The skills you need to succeed, including common programming concepts, benefits/drawbacks
  • to writers, and tips for adding value based on your technical knowledge.
  • How to gather information, primarily by reading the software code. For example, which files do
  • you read? Which programming keywords are important?
  • What information you can get from the source code and what to look for. What information you
  • cannot get from reading the source code and how you get that information.
  • How to generate typical online documentation for APIs from the source code using automated
  • tools such as Doxygen and Javadoc/NetBeans.
  • Where to find additional training for succeeding in this field.
A little bit about Ed
Ed Marshall is an independent technical writing consultant and sole proprietor of Marshall Documentation Consulting, with more than 25 years of experience. He specializes in APIs/SDKs (application programming interfaces/software development kits), Web services products, and other types of documentation aimed at developers. Throughout his career, Ed has developed expertise in using tools to "let the computer do the work," such as advanced tools for editing files, comparing files, and searching and replacing text in files.

Ed is a popular speaker at professional development conferences worldwide. His previous appearances include events sponsored by the STC, WritersUA, and Tekom. He is also an STC Associate Fellow. Follow Ed on Twitter @EdMarshall and visit his website at www.marshalldocumentationservices.com.

Attend in person or via webinar

Ed will be presenting in at the Hilton Inn in Burlington, come join us for networking and dinner before Ed's presentation.

You also have the option to watch the presentation via webinar, online.  When you register for the event, you can choose which option you wish to attend.

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