Respect for Web Developers
Back when I was first paid to build web-based applications (around 1998 or so), the world of Web Development as we know it today did not exist.
Nowadays, Google is dazzling us with their DHTML in Maps and Suggest. Ajax is all over the place. And don’t forget that little photo sharing site. It’s once again cool to do fancy client side web stuff, but more importantly, it is possible to do it and cover the majority of the users and platforms.
The problem for me, of course, is that the technology has advanced 4-5 years since I swore it off. That’s a lot of time on the web. So I figure that if I ever wanted to get back into it, I’d have an uphill battle.
Brad Fitzpatrick confirmed this today when he wrote:
Holy crap, man.
I’m pretty smart, but this shit is hard. Between IE, Moz/Firefox, and Safari/Konq, I’ve seen everything. I’m now educated in quirks mode, strict mode, the different box models, the different event registration models, the different DOMs, the different ……
This tells me three things:
- this stuff is still hard to get right–lots of little pitfalls still
- I certainly would have a lot to learn or relearn
- webdev folks really don’t get the respect they deserve
That last point it worth reinforcing. I think a lot of people who’ve been doing “web stuff” long enough think that web developers are the same as the “HTML monkeys” we use to refer to back in the day. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
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