DZone: News Aggregator and Free Cheat Sheets for Developers

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Sometimes good sites don’t receive the buzz they deserve. Media outlets cover more of digg, reddit, delicious, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook and the like, because these are already consecrated brands, and because “everyone is there” one way or another. When the social network in case has no PR team to back it up, things are even worse. A social network that hasn’t received enough attention in my view is DZone — the perfect hub of information for developers. I joined the network less than a week ago, because I found a “Share to DZone” button on a site and I was … just curious. There are two aspects about DZone I would like to highlight today: the social network advantage over Digg, SU and reddit; and a more important one: DZone’s Refcardz — free cheat sheets for developers.
DZone — the Social Network that Kicks Derrières!
I’ve been testing social networks and news aggregators since forever, and for various reasons: to see what marketing benefits they might bring; to see what real SEO advantage they provide; to keep up with the latest news in some fields; to see what is hot and what not; to identify industry trends; and so on. Niche specific networks like DZone are more useful than, let’s say, digg. Of course, having a story making the front page at digg is any publisher’s dream, but I would always trade that for 100 genuinely interested readers! On digg, users vote for the sake of voting, sometimes based on the principle “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”, and not always actually understanding what they are voting for, or even caring to read the story they “digg” up. I found that DZone is different in this regard. DZone screenshot DZone is truly a network of professional developers with zero tolerance for spam. I had a Microsoft-related story from one of my sites submitted to DZone and I was sincerely surprised to see the traffic it sent, but even more surprised to see that the bounce rates for that article from this referrer were less than 50% — 49.42% bounce rate to be more exact! This is amazing compared with digg (83%), StumbleUpon (92%) and reddit (77%). For those who understand what bounce rates are this needs no other explanation, but for those who don’t know
: “bounce rate represents the percentage of initial visitors to a site who “bounce” away to a different site, rather than continue on to other pages within the same site.” Since I write for SitePoint I got to know that my readers here are a very intelligent bunch — so I am sure that you will understand immediately the value of a network like DZone; and since most of you are developers, if the social network advantage is not what you aim for, then check this out:
DZone Refcardz: Free Cheat Sheets for Developers
This is probably the most popular product from DZone, probably more popular than DZone Snippets (which offers thousands of freely shared source code examples). DZone President Rick Ross, whom I contacted to get some information about when DZone was launched and why, told me about DZone Refcardz:
We commission best-selling tech authors and top experts to create 5-6 page quick-reference guides on all the most important topics for developers and designers. They are professionally edited and designed, and subscribers can download them for free in Adobe PDF format. For just over a year we have been releasing a new one each week. With over 50 topics now available I wouldn’t be surprised if DZone Refcardz has become the world’s largest collection of professional cheat sheets. The momentum behind Refcardz is really starting to build, and we’re quickly approaching our one-millionth download. For developers who can’t afford the time or money for a whole book, DZone Refcardz are a great alternative.
DZone Refcardz screenshot
SitePoint 8th Most Popular Site at DZone
Rick Ross also told me that SitePoint
is the 8th most popular site at DZone — and I have no doubts about this. SitePoint is a developer’s heaven, in most regards more than DZone; but both entities are equally important as they complete each other in so many fields. I was once told that online there are no competitors, only colleagues — and looking at both SitePoint and DZone I believe this wholeheartedly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about DZone Refcardz

What are DZone Refcardz?

DZone Refcardz are a collection of cheat sheets or reference guides for developers. They cover a wide range of topics, from programming languages and frameworks to tools and methodologies. Each Refcard is designed to provide concise, essential information on a specific topic, making it a handy resource for developers who need to quickly look up syntax, commands, or concepts.

How can I download DZone Refcardz?

To download DZone Refcardz, you need to visit the DZone website and navigate to the Refcardz section. Here, you will find a list of available Refcardz. Click on the one you are interested in, and you will be taken to a page where you can download the Refcard. Note that you may need to create a free account or sign in to download the Refcardz.

Are there any tools to download DZone Refcardz in bulk?

Yes, there are tools available on platforms like GitHub that allow you to download DZone Refcardz in bulk. One such tool is the DZone Refcardz Downloader. However, please note that using such tools may violate DZone’s terms of service, so use them at your own risk.

What topics do DZone Refcardz cover?

DZone Refcardz cover a wide range of topics relevant to developers. This includes various programming languages (like Java, Python, and JavaScript), frameworks (like Angular, React, and Spring), tools (like Docker, Kubernetes, and Git), and methodologies (like Agile, DevOps, and Microservices).

How often are new DZone Refcardz released?

DZone regularly releases new Refcardz. The frequency can vary, but they typically release new Refcardz every few weeks. You can keep an eye on the DZone Refcardz page or subscribe to their newsletter to stay updated on new releases.

Are DZone Refcardz free?

Yes, DZone Refcardz are free to download. However, you may need to create a free account or sign in to download them.

Can I contribute to DZone Refcardz?

DZone encourages contributions from the developer community. If you are an expert in a particular topic and would like to share your knowledge, you can consider contributing a Refcard. You can contact DZone for more information on their contribution process.

How reliable are DZone Refcardz?

DZone Refcardz are generally considered reliable as they are created by experts in the field. However, as with any resource, it’s always a good idea to cross-reference information with other trusted sources.

Can I use DZone Refcardz for teaching or training purposes?

Yes, DZone Refcardz can be a great resource for teaching or training purposes. They provide concise, essential information on a wide range of topics, making them a handy reference for students or trainees. However, please respect DZone’s copyright and do not distribute the Refcardz without their permission.

Are there any alternatives to DZone Refcardz?

Yes, there are several alternatives to DZone Refcardz. Other websites and platforms also offer cheat sheets or reference guides for developers. Some of these include GitHub, Stack Overflow, and various blogs and forums dedicated to specific programming languages or technologies.

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