You’re Not a Web Designer, You’re a Programmer !!!
I’m a Web Programmer …..
That came as somewhat of a shock when I heard it. Recently I was at a meeting with other Web Designers going over some project details etc. when one of them turned to me and stated “You’re not a Web Designer, your a Web Programmer.” At first I wasn’t sure what to make of that statement. Looking around I noticed they all were using Dreamweaver on their Macs and it suddenly clear to me, I was the only one looking at code and not a WYSIWYG.
Took me a while but I guess I had made the transition from designer to programmer without even noticing it. As I looked around the room it became obvious why they were asking me the questions they had asking me and I just assumed all designers understood pure code. How wrong I was.
Now a days it is becoming more and more important to understand and utilize pure programming code. Knowing how to edit and manipulate PHP code, CSS code and yes good old fashion HTML code.
I can’t remember the last time I developed a website using Photoshop or Dreamweaver. With the popularity of WordPress and Joomla I spent most of my time developing themes and templates which yes demands you that you do pure programming to achieve the look and functionality that is desired.
Many of the WordPress Themes and Joomla Templates that are available online require you to know how to edit pure code for the simple fact the editors that are available with WordPress and Joomla are limited in functionality. Many times people come to me with a template or theme they bought and are frustrated on how to get it to look like the sample only to then realize it is not nearly as easy as they had hoped or were lead to believe.
So thanks guys, yes I am no longer just a web designer I am now a web programmer as well.
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