Whether you love or hate .DEV, there’s no denying that “dev” is used all the time to describe developers

As we all know, Google launched the .DEV domain name extension this year, and whenever I write about it I find it’s a pretty polarizing topic. In case you haven’t read what I’ve written about the extension let me be clear before I go any further. I think .DEV would be a terrible investment as a Domainer. If you buy and sell domain names, stick to .COM and don’t look back.

That being said, I do think .DEV could be a good choice for a developer, if the .COM they have their heart set on is not available. If I want a place to show off some of my code, a link to my Github profile, etc. honestly .DEV feels pretty natural to me.

The reality is, “dev” is a term used all the time to describe developers. Living in San Francisco and running a software company I can tell you that I both hear and say the word “dev” multiple times a day. I’ve heard a few people say that “dev” is not commonly used so I thought it was time to put that to bed. Whether you love or hate .DEV, the word “dev” is a thing and it’s used all the time.

Below are a few examples of “dev” being used, and there are honestly tens of thousands of examples I could give you from articles and tweets…

unity-nvidia

devs-gdc

devs-airport

for-devs-by-devs

venture-beat-devs

So I get it, maybe you think .DEV is the most ridiculous domain extension on the planet and maybe it’s only popular because Google owns it. Sure, no issues there. But there really is no argument – “dev” as a word is used all the time in the tech world and I don’t see that going away any time soon.

What do you think? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • steve brady March 19, 2019, 9:42 am

    Dude.dev is taken

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  • Snoopy March 19, 2019, 5:07 pm

    It is not a known extension, the chance of it having a lifespan beyond the next two weeks is limited. It will go the same way as .app and .mobi.

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  • Ethan March 19, 2019, 7:19 pm

    I’m also a developer so I can confirm that “dev” is commonly used like that in development spheres. Even in gaming spheres, it is often used by players to refer to game developers.

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