Christian Heilmann

Seven reasons why web development is running in circles

Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I just finished giving my presentation at the conference called Seven reasons why web development is running in circles

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In this presentation I was listing some of the issues that – to me – keep web development from being professional and innovative. I get the discouraging feeling following the web and several mailing list that we do the same mistakes over and over again instead of learning from them and moving on.

The reasons are:

  • Turf Wars
  • Ego
  • Quick Win Tutorials
  • Antique Recommendations
  • Tickbox Standards
  • Status Quo Fetishism
  • Form Over Function

I think the talk went down quite nicely and if I came across as “patronising” I am sorry, this was not the intention. I’ve been working a long time as a web developer and I love getting new people into our world. It would be a shame if new people couldn’t bring new ideas and angles because they get caught in the same fights we fought repeatedly.

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