October: How much Code is enough to Be Dangerous?

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Location: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA
Join us for an informal round-table discussion about technical writing and code, with Jon Pugh, a long-time developer for Silicon Valley companies who has also created documentation.

Here are some of the topics we’ll ask Jon — and you — to think about:

  • What kinds of code are technical writers expected to know, and how much?
  • What skills can code-literate technical writers add that make them even more valuable?
  • How and where to learn enough code to become dangerous.
  • How do writers operate in an environment where they are not adept in the programming language used to build the product?
  • How can developers become better at writing documentation?

If you have other questions on your mind, bring them with you, or email us in advance:

Remember to get tickets.

Jon Pugh has been a computer scientist for more than three decades — during which he has also created documentation and worked alongside many technical writers. Before working as an engineer on security software, Jon worked at Apple, where his work included creating the AppleEvent Registry, part of the AppleScript developer documentation. He also helped develop Adobe InCopy, the writer’s version of InDesign. In the 1980s, he helped create online documentation for the CTSS operating system which ran on Cray supercomputers.


6:00 to 7:00 pm: Networking, conversation & dinner
7:00 to 7:15 pm: Announcements
7:15 to 8:30 pm: Presentation
8:30 to 9:00 pm: Conversation, follow up on job announcements
9:00 to 9:15 pm: Clear the room; move conversations to the sidewalk


Do you need a ride to the meeting? Contact rides@stc-berkeley.org and we will try to match you with someone who is driving or help to arrange a ride from Rockridge BART.

Non-members are always welcome to STC meetings.

 All members of the San Francisco Chapter of the IABC are welcome to register for Berkeley STC General Meetings at the member price.

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