Channels ▼
RSS

Design

Welcome To the 'New and Improved' DrDobbs.com


Well, the reason I'm smiling is that I'm finally able to welcome you to DrDobbs.com....make that the "new and improved" DrDobbs.com. If you're a long-time reader of Dr. Dobb's, you probably think that the "new and improved" part is like the library books stacked up in the corner of my office -- overdue. And you'd be right. Which is why I'm especially pleased to usher in this redesigned Dr. Dobb's website.

Photos of yours truly aside, the "improved" stuff is easy to spot: brighter colors, smoother layouts, and a design that makes finding actual articles possible. In other words, the kind of UI that enhances the user experience you'd expect from DrDobbs.com.

Improved UIs are one thing, but "new" features is where the fun begins -- and we've loaded up DrDobbs.com with new features, including:

  • A spotlight on the Dr. Dobb's Guru Bloggers, that merry band of experts (well, for the most part; there are a couple of grumpy ones in the mix) stay on top of what's happening in the world of software development
  • New search functionality that helps you find what you want faster and more accurately
  • Improved community experience thanks to new commenting functionality allows deeper user interaction and engagement.
  • Social network integration with deeper embedding of social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Taxonomy refresh with streamlined "channel" navigation across key developer topics
  • Blog site integration that merges DobbsCodeTalk.com into DrDobbs.com for a seamless user experience
  • Single-sign-on membership that gives users simple access to not only DrDobbs.com, but to other leading IT sites such as InformationWeek.com, NetworkComputing.com, DarkReading.com, WallStreetandTech.com, and TechWeb.com

That's some, but not all, of the changes you'll start seeing as you begin poking around in the site. What hasn't changed, however, is Dr. Dobb's commitment to excellence in technical information. What? You don't believe me? Okay, that's fair. I'm admittedly biased when it comes to Dr. Dobb's, so will you believe your peers?

In a recent survey, Evans Data, the leading marketing intelligence company for the software development space, asked developers to identify and rate the websites they visit on a regular basis. I'm happy to report that DrDobbs.com came out as #1 in a number of categories, including quality of technical articles, usefulness of technical articles, blogs, unbiased product coverage, and overall credibility.

We're honored that the software development community has recognized DrDobbs.com in this regard, and I'd like to personally say thanks for the kind words and support.

I also hope that you'll find DrDobbs.com is both new and improved. At the same time, I look forward to hearing your suggestions and recommendations for improving the website even more, whether it is an article you'd like to write or an application you've already written. We can do the "new," but it's you who brings the "improved."


Related Reading


More Insights






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.
 

Video