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February 21st, 2001

The Webdev Scale

The other day I got to thinking about web development and how there are four general aspects to it: content development, design, marketing/sales, and technical details. Similarly, every web developer has a certain amount of expertise or interest in each of the four aspects of webdev:
  1. Content development
  2. Design (includes layout/navigation/usability)
  3. Marketing/sales (and how non-web business issues affect webdev)
  4. Technical (includes Perl, CGI, PHP, database integration, etc.)
Most days my interest is distributed 40%/30%/5%/25%. Some days, though, I flashback to fifth grade and get jonesin’ for code; those days I’m more like 15%/28%/2%/55%. And on the rare occasion I get a flash (lower-case f) of design brilliance, the scales tip to 20%/50%/10%/20%.

I’d be interested in hearing from other web developers that may be reading (no matter how casual) and what you’d rank yourself on the MacMichael Webdev ScaleTM. I guess that even non-webdev people’s view of the web could kind of fit into this scale, too, so feel free to chime in.-ram

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