July 1, 2019
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My Ionic Story

Mike Hartington

Director of Developer Relation...

Well hello there, Ionic community! I wanted to take a moment and tell a story about a hashtag on Twitter. This hashtag brought so many smiles to my face and everyone at the Ionic office that we decided it deserved more notoriety.

This is the story of how #MyIonicStory came to be and why it matters so much to us.

Humble Beginnings

A while back, it was brought to our attention that the Ionic Japan user group had undertaken an effort to translate all the Ionic docs into Japanese. Their logic was that those who speak little to no English would be able to use the docs more effectively if they could better understand Ionic Framework’s APIs. So the community (all on their own) came together and translated all of the content on the docs site.

This was amazing to see and inspired Perry, who really took this to heart, to make it more official.

So, he began collaborating with Masahiko Sakakibara to integrate the Japanese docs into the official Ionic docs site and created a process for translating more languages down the road:

This was such a massive community effort and we were very thankful to Masahiko, and vice versa. He was thankful for the opportunity to give back, and started this whole thing with this tweet.

Everyone Has a Story

With Masahiko’s tweet in mind, I put a call out to the community, ask to hear their own stories about how (or even if) Ionic had changed their lives:

I wasn’t sure what to expect to hear from people. One part about working on the framework is that we’re often in our own silo, focused on adding new features or fixing bugs. However, the community did not disappoint:



There were so many tweets and comments from people about how they basically were able to change their lives after learning Ionic. From people who were in one technology stack then moved to Ionic, to people who completely changed their careers and now are full time developers. Ionic can’t take credit for all their success, but I do take some pride in knowing that Ionic was a catalyst for change in their lives.

What’s Your Ionic Story?

After seeing this thread explode in popularity in less than 24 hours, we were blown away to learn the impact we’ve had on so many people’s lives. These are the kind of stories that keep us focused on making Ionic better.

Ionic was built by developers for developers. We wanted something better than what was available and knew that others would want it too.

So with that in mind, I ask you, what’s your Ionic Story? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet.

Cheers 🍻!

Mike Hartington

Director of Developer Relation...