Mark Lewin

Mark Lewin

Technical Writer/Trainer

Brackley, Northants, UK

About Me

I am an experienced technical writer and trainer with a background in developing and delivering training for software developers.

Experience

Senior Technical Writer
May 2021 - Present · Ably

I work as a technical writer in the Product team, documenting APIs and SDKs for the company’s realtime communications platform.

  • Creating, maintaining and updating developer documentation for the company’s realtime SDKs and REST APIs.
  • Writing conceptual guides and tutorials to educate developers.
  • Developing code samples and demonstration applications in Node.js/JavaScript, Python, and other languages.
Senior Technical Writer/Trainer
Sep 2018 - May 2021 · Vonage

Vonage provides communication APIs (including SMS, Voice, Video and social messaging channels). I worked as part of the Developer Relations team. My responsibilities included creating/maintaining API reference documentation and writing courseware, tutorials, blog posts and other educational content.

  • Compiled API reference documentation using OpenAPI/Swagger 3 and tools like Git, Speccy and Postman
  • Created and documented demo applications and code samples using Node.js, Python, PHP, Ruby and Java
  • Designed and helped implement a new feedback mechanism for our developer documentation, which greatly increased the quantity and quality of feedback
  • Developed and delivered an accredited training program on using Vonage APIs for partner developers
  • Created an introductory course on OpenAPI to increase awareness and adoption internally
MySQL Curriculum Developer
Jan 2013 - Sep 2018 · Oracle

Designing and developing the MySQL training curriculum for Oracle University.

  • Researched new product features, often complex and undocumented
  • Created courseware for in-person and virtual delivery
  • Built hands-on labs and practical exercises in Linux virtual environments
  • Led “train the trainer” sessions to familiarise instructors with new material
  • Developed complementary learning resources including blog posts and video training
Freelance Consultant/Trainer
Nov 2012 Sep 2016 · Apps With Maps Ltd

Worked as a freelance consultant and trainer, with a focus on web mapping/GIS.

  • Used a mixture of ESRI and Open source web mapping technologies as part of training development/delivery and consultancy projects
  • Delivered classroom-based and instructor-led virtual training courses for ArcGIS Server developers
  • Wrote and recorded the Pluralsight Google Maps API: Get Started course (taken by over 10,000 students and rated 4.5/5.0 stars by 250+ users)
  • Wrote the books Leaflet.js Succinctly, Go Succinctly, and Go Web Development Succinctly in SyncFusion’s Succinctly series.
Trainer/Course Author
Apr 2007 - Oct 2012 · Esri UK Ltd

Developing and delivering training for GIS developers.

  • Created a curriculum suitable for both classroom and instructor-led virtual training of developers
  • Built programming exercises using JavaScript, Flex, Silverlight, Python, Java and C#
  • Led workshops and seminars to highlight specific capabilities of ESRI’s geospatial SDKs and APIs

Publications

Books

2021 · SyncFusion · Deno Succinctly

2018 · SyncFusion · Google Maps API Succinctly

2017 · Packt · Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript (with Eric Pimpler)

2017 · SyncFusion · Go Web Development Succinctly

2017 · SyncFusion · Go Succinctly

2016 · SyncFusion · Leaflet.js Succinctly

2004 · Computer Step · Access 2003 in Easy Steps

Blogs

2018 - 2021 · Vonage · learn.vonage.com

2013 - 2018 · Oracle · blogs.oracle.com

2013 - 2018 · Make Tech Easier · maketecheasier.com

2012 - 2017 · Geospatial Training Services · geospatialtraining.com

Courses

2014 · Pluralsight · Google Maps API: Get Started

Tech Skills

Swagger/OpenAPI
Git
JavaScript, Node.js
Python
Golang
Ruby, Java, PHP, .NET

Hobbies

  • Amateur dramatics
  • Reading (popular science, business and technology)
  • Creative writing
  • Hiking
  • Geocaching