Monday, February 14, 2011

Q&A with Wes Nolte, a London-based designer, cloud developer and author


Publications: Salesforce Handbook
Wes Nolte on Twitter: http://twitter.com/wesnolte

Us: Why did you join CloudSpokes as an early member?
Wes: As a technology junkie I'm forward-focused looking for the next obvious step in a world with rapidly evolving technology needs. As I see it CloudSpokes is a creative and effective way of collaborating and solving technology problems quickly and efficiently.

I participate in developer communities largely for all that I learn from my peers. Even if you're the one answering the questions, or providing the solution, there's invariably something to be learned. I find that some of my drive also stems from a competitive streak, something that a lot of developers share; we love community kudos and we're never opposed to bragging rights :)

Us: How do you think CloudSpokes different than other communities?
Wes: There are many great sites that engage developers from various backgrounds but none that has had the foresight to target the rapidly expanding cloud arena across so many different providers.

Us: Why is crowdsourcing the way to go with cloud development?
Wes: Crowdsourcing has gained massive popularity since it's largely a self-administering, push-mechanism for getting information or achieving goals. With CloudSpokes all you need to do is ask a question in one place and the hive-mind goes to work weeding out the weak and pushing the best answer to the top. Imagine the expense and time involved in engaging hundreds - if not thousands - of people individually and then trying to gauge the value in their responses! This in itself is incredibly useful - now combine this with the power of the cloud and you'll find you have an army of experts distributed across the world working to solve the same problems, with the same tool set and without the hassle of trying to setup shop and coordinate them.

Us: Why do you think others should join?
Wes: Developers around the world will be lining up to join the CloudSpokes community because it offers an essential set of ingredients that promise to deliver an exciting experience i.e. the chance to learn, the chance to help others learn, the chance to compete and loads of swag - and every geek I know loves a bit of swag now and again.

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