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The life of a Web Developer

Being a web developer is hard because it’s a profession that is not well established. Here i try to explain what your options are.

Unfortunately the profession of a web developer is new, it is not like being a mechanic or a carpenter. Web Developers are a new breed of profession, which reflects in our school [...]

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Being a web developer is hard because it’s a profession that is not well established. Here i try to explain what your options are.

Unfortunately the profession of a web developer is new, it is not like being a mechanic or a carpenter. Web Developers are a new breed of profession, which reflects in our school system. You may be taught art in Junior High, or maybe Auto, but they do not have an html class, or at least not one that teaches you to use anything but table based layouts. And then you get to colleges and those don’t usually have a major to accommodate you so you either have to go down the Computer Science path or the Art one, neither one of which really teaches you what you will need down the line. I am lucky enough to have a local college that has Art: Multimedia which is almost web development. After that my only option for a Bachelors is San Jose State who also have an Art: Multimedia major. I heard that DeVry has classes that actually teach good Web Development as well, but i’m not sure how comfortable i am learning web development online, especially since i already know almost all i want to know. We also learn better by doing rather than sitting in a classroom being taught by people who couldn’t make it in the field. At any rate, if you are a web developer today, if you want to get work you have to be a Renaissance man, you have to design code, and even program a little to be worth your bucks.Yes there is a lower breed of developers who really screw things up for us high end developers, they code for 10-15 dollars in hour and they make a pathetic job at it. For example a few weeks ago i was hired to do some “fix ups” for a website. Instead of being able to get the website fix it up and be done in a couple of hours, i had to spend hours deciphering their poor coding and table layout. So you get what you pay for i suppose. I feel lucky to be just as excited about coding as i am about designing, i have reached a great balance. I can code all day, until i am fed up with coding and then i can design all night which relaxes me from all the code. It works for me smile what can i say.

I would really love the input of some young web developers, so i can answer your questions and help you figure out what to do if you are a beginner. Please post some comments to make this interactive.

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  • Very nice site! is it yours too?

  • Very nice and handy idea. However, after doing all the above I’m having a small problem. My clicks on the stars don’t do anything. Am I missing something or has anything changed since you wrote this article?

    FYI normal ratings (without your jQuery code) work just fine. So the module works. But I’d like to tweak its looks a bit.

    Any ideas please?

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