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Friday, July 15, 2005

A techhie blog for real people

Miles has a new blog. He's a web developer, and his blog is purely about his exploits as a web-developer. As such, it's audience is pretty specific. I like it.

In fact, I like it a lot. Why?

Designing a web page is fraught with confusion. Colin, Miles and myself discussed this last night - to make a page that looks good you need to be skilled in at least HTML, CSS, graphic design, Javascript.

PHP, SQL, XML are also good to know.

For those of you who don't know about web design, any simple-to-use fully functional website is guaranteed to have all of these technologies implemented. All that effort to provide a simple user experience.

So why is Miles' blog so good?

As I hunt around for solutions, Google throws me towards countless tecchy blogs (like this, or this). Each is teeming with information about how that blogger checked out some new functionality and whizzily rattled off a solution. And the bloggers are all so bloody perfect, and knowledgeable. It seems that they can't put a foot wrong.

Thank you Miles for starting a blog for the rest of us. His is a story of the real world of development - trivial seeming problems that take days to solve, head-banging days of frustration and tales of huge detours taken to move the development one step forward.

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