As masters of semantic markup , front-end (HTML/CSS) coders can get downright anal when it comes to writing clean, search engine friendly code. Yes, you should always strive for quality and meaningful markup! But, I’m afraid that more and more people are wasting their time (in my opinion) for a bit less markup in their code.
Getting Your Start in Web Development
Here's the things I wish I'd known starting out a career in web development.
If you ever program in the Microsoft ASP.NET framework, you have to choose whether to program in VB.NET or C#. Recently I’ve had to work on a project where the client wanted a website in VB.NET because that is what their programmers knew how to maintain. Needless to say my experience with VB.NET has been painful, yet my experience with C# went just fine.
My RSS Reader is my window to the world. I grabbed all of Jonathan Snook’s feeds from his public bloglines account (though today I’d grab Paul Irish’s). That gave me about 19,000 articles to read. In 6 months time, I read all the new articles as well as a backlog of 8,000 articles. I am now down to 11,000 articles. It feels like for the last 6 months I have ate way too much brain food each day. My mind gets full of information and I slow down when producing.
So now it is time to slow down the intake of information and focus on producing. I hope to have a lot of great work accomplished in the next few months.
1. Create a solid foundation.
When you release a piece of code to the open source world, make sure it is commented and nicely formatted. I was under the impression that I would release a piece of code and people will just use it. Not so, they actually interact with your code and modify it to their needs. When you release code to the public, if you comment it well and make it easily extensible you will be amazed at how other developers augment it.