A Scary Spider

My Head hurts…

I’ve come across a few  web sites this week that were mentioned in job adverts. Web development is a cruel discipline as is IT in general. If you learn how to be a plumber or drive an HGV then that is a fairly stable skill. The thing with IT is that technology is advancing so fast though.

Take sage WordPress starter theme for example. Once you have got a grasp of HTML, CSS and Javascript and PHP WordPress theme development… Phew ! Why not bend your mind around WebPack, BrowserSynch, node.js, gulp and composer? It’s the state of the art!

If it all gets a bit too much have a look on stackshare a site which might give you a better picture. The site shows how various Web sites are built. The company with the job has included a link to their ‘stackshare profile’ which shows all the libraries, tools etc they use. Neat !

Also another advert said they use Polymer a library that makes use of Web components. Hmm I think I’ve heard about those a while back… here is a neat tutorial !

What I find interesting is that at the end of the day it’s often down to personal preference or opinion / judgement which technologies you choose to invest time in learning and using.

There seems to be a never ending circle of standardisation and innovation. Standardisation only seems to come about when people with money get together to discuss stuff!  I guess that’s what development is all about really, finding new ways to do things quicker either by copying and using what other people have shared or developing your own solutions.

The other way to view it is that companies are trying to attract talent by waving all these flashy new things about. I guess developers need to keep up with the latest trends.

P.S. the spider is photoshop practice in case you were fooled !


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