Web Developers Vs. Traditional Developers on CSS

    October 18, 2006

In the year of 2006 it can be hard to avoid doing web development to some extent no matter what kind of developer you are.

The lines between the traditional windows applications and the more web based ones have become grayer.

Today, a lot of developers blog about web technologies and it is very easy to spot if the developer is rooted in traditional programming using VB, C++ etc. or from a web root like PHP or ASP.NET.

It’s very obvious when you look at the differences in how they write CSS.

I’ve seen examples like the one below hundred of times on the web and even though there’s nothing wrong with it, it makes my eyes twitch every time.

The traditional developer writes CSS like this:

   border-bottom: 1px solid black;
   border-left: 1px solid black;
   border-right: 1px solid black;
   border-top: 1px solid black;
   font-weight: normal;
   font-size: 11px;
   font-family: Verdana;

While the web developer writes the same like this:

div#container p#content{
   border: 1px solid black;
   font: normal 11px verdana;

Am I exaggerating? Yes I am, but by how much?


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Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in
2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and
web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.