Who works as a Web Developer?
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12-14-2007, 02:50 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
For the past 11 years I have worked in larger corporations (1800 persons+/country) in the internal IT departments (usually 30 people+ in size).
As much as I love the public facing stuff, the business applications are where the money is at, at least as a long term career path. IMHO
The key here is project management skils, good system design, and in the case of large companies, the flexibility to apply common concepts and practices (such as UML, OOP and system integration) to whatever language is placed in front of you ... even if you've never used it before. PHP today, C# tomorrow, Java on Friday and VB client-server for the week after next.
My employers have always been more concerned with my ability to design reliable, maintainable systems, rather than what language I am most proficient in.
Having said that, my current employer is a SQL 2005, C# .NET shop, period ... and for the interview I cracked the books to brush up. In the interview I was grilled on obscure C# syntax, OOP methods and stored procedure examples for about 40% of the interview, 50% was on-the-fly system design with a panel of business department heads, oh yeah and then a little chit-chat too.
In the end, they really just wanted to see if I could still be personable, as they have a huge emphasis on team environments ... the fact that I didn't fall flat on my face during the technical stuff didn't hurt a bit though.
Starting out ... just get as much experience as you can. Take free jobs for churches, schools, teachers, friends, etc.
Ask yourself how this web site, or web application can actually improve their business/activity.
Could they benefit from invoicing clients via email? What about providing daily/weekly/quarterly sales data to remote offices or sales staff via a mini-portal, that they could access via their mobile phones?!?!
Learn how to take flat file data (comma separated data, XML, EDI files) and import them to databases for slicker web based reporting ... this is the artery of most businesses' data. (true!)
Be creative, build your CV, get experience.
Hot graphics and slick scripts are great fun, and make and break many web sites, but if your application delivers real value a company will pay big, even if it looks ugly or doesn't have a web 2.0 feel.
If you can do both, you're even that farther ahead of the curve.
I hope all this rambling helps!
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