Compose's Write Stuff and the Winner of the Second Cycle of 2017


You voted and now it's time to announce the author who has won the $500 Compose Write Stuff bonus.

Write Stuff is Compose's program that aims to provide a platform for new voices in the technology industry who want to share their knowledge, skill, and experience about databases. Each Write Stuff cycle is around three months, and at the end of each cycle we select a writer who's article has made the most impact with our readers.

This cycle produced some of the most read Write Stuff articles that we've published, and we thank all our readers and aspiring writers for their feedback and contributions. This cycle we had articles that looked at GraphQL using PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, and MongoDB, as well as MySQL and OAuth, MongoDB with Terraform, and PostgreSQL's JSONB datatype. The results of the votes were once again close, but there was one article that stood out in the number of votes and readers.

The votes have been tallied and we are pleased to announce that the $500 Write Stuff bonus goes to:

Loren Sands-Ramshaw for Use all the Databases - Part 1 and Part 2

He wrote a two-part series that used GraphQL with PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, and MongoDB to create a server for a Twitter clone that provides an API for a frontend client. His article goes into detail on how GraphQL works and how to set up the API using all four of the databases together using ES6 JavaScript and Babel.

We talked to Loren about his experience with Write Stuff as an author. "I really like the Write Stuff program," he told us because "it was nice to be able to reach a large audience". For Loren that larger audience translated into motivation. He explained: "It motivated me to write something longer and more generally useful than my normal blog posts, which are shorter and more narrow."

As for the Write Stuff process itself, Loren says it's "Easy - they liked the idea I submitted and I would on it leisurely whenever I had some free time and I sent it to them when I was done." Loren, unlike some of the Write Stuff contributors, didn't make use of our mentoring for new writers. We did have some suggestions for his final article but they were minor. The resulting article is a great practical starting point for exploring GraphQL.

Everyone at Compose congratulates him on his success and for writing an excellent and interesting article. We'd also like to thank all of our Write Stuff authors for their contributions for this cycle because they were all high-quality articles.

Do you have something to say about databases?

Do you have something you want to say about databases? Is there a technique you want to share with the world? Have you harnessed the power of multiple databases? Or tamed a wild table? You could well be the kind of person we're looking for, someone with the Write Stuff.

If you would like to take part in Compose's Write Stuff, you'll find more details on the program page. The eighth cycle started on May 1st and will run until the end of July. There's $200 of cash and $200 of database credit available and a $500 bonus to the article selected by Compose and readers at the end of the cycle as the best of that cycle.

If it's your first time writing and you have a subject or topic you know well, write about that. If you are new to writing but have an idea, we can help you make sure that it's headed in the right direction for our audience. We're here to help and we look forward to your ideas landing in our mail soon.

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