When companies can outsource their programming needs to low cost countries like India and China, they are unlikely to want very many highly paid programmers on their rolls.
First, a little background on my web career for context
I have been building digital deliverables for the web since 2005, and in the beginning, I struggled with HTML and CSS and was more of the Adobe Creative Suite guy using Photoshop and InDesign to design print materials. Later on, continued to traverse the Adobe Creative Suite with Flash and Dreamweaver (actually when I started using Flash and Dreamweaver they were still own by Macromedia). Built a few great portfolios in Flash and some okay websites in Dreamweaver utilizing templates.
Hit a few bumps in the road at the beginning of my career working for some not so great freelance gigs and contract jobs, but all of them a learning experience making me a better at what I choose to focus on and find my niche in the web world.
Sorry had to vent there, let’s get back on track.
What to focus on next for my web career?
I have held a multitude of positions everything from graphic designer to web developer to the more recently UX designer and UI engineer. To me, they are just titles. Why? Fundamentally I approach all my jobs with a similar mindset, get presented with a problem/task and do everything in your power and knowledge to solve that problem even if not knowing the proper syntax or methodology to explain it. How to explain it? Utilizing your past experiences, online resources, and communities.
Over the years you gather the necessary and experience and knowledge to take with you for your next adventure (job/gig). But sometimes that only gets you so far. Questions I ask myself today
Should I niche down? – For example be purely a WordPress Developer.
Should I focus more on product design and management? – Maybe one day I could be a product manager and not worry about coding every again.
Should I focus on project management? – Maybe one day I could be a project manager and never worry about coding again.
Do I continue to be a jack of all trades and master none? – Not likely a good idea.
Hence, you can see where the anxiety comes in to be being a web-dev hybrid purple squirrel thingy.
But thanks to the excellent video and article by Joel he does give us some impressive outlooks on what to focus on (note this our my takeaways):
Be happy with your career and what you decide to do
Currently, I am satisfied working as front-end web developer/graphic designer typically in marketing departments utilizing tools like WordPress, Photoshop, Moz, Hubspot, Google Analytics and Hootsuite to deliver compelling digital solutions and custom WordPress sites that drive leads to convert.
Where do I want to be eventually, maybe? I may see myself as a creative director, product manager or even a director of development/IT. But who knows where the road will take me. For now, I keep gathering experience and knowledge with me with each job and moving forward.
*Of course, this is based on industry, company, location and whole other bunch of factors. But currently I see developers getting paid more in my region and more opportunities for developers then I do designers.
Stop being a jack of all trades and master none
So thanks Joel for putting things in perspective it helps. Until next time, Godspeed.
We have all heard about the blockchain, and most of us will associate with Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. But the blockchain is a piece of technology separate from Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The Blockchain could be considered a web-based application and or database. But it’s best described as online, uncontrolled public ledger in non-technical terms.
According to Investopedia.com, “A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central recordkeeping. Each node (a computer connected to the network) gets a copy of the blockchain, which is downloaded automatically.”
The blockchain cannot be compared to another database technology in existence today. Considered to be almost revolutionary and making even some governments afraid of it.
What benefits can we expect from the blockchain?
1) The blockchain levels the playing field: From small to medium-size businesses, the blockchain can bring decentralized-technology to our fingertips. Blockchain levels the playing field, so that all voices can be heard, offerings can be marketed and creativity and innovation can flourish without government interference.
2) Economic empowerment: Blockchain enables all to do some incredible things at the click of a mouse, tax-free. We can perform transactions with blockchain for just about anything: pay bills, plan vacations, pay for an Uber ride, buy or rent movies or even order food services.
3) Careers in blockchain are fantastic: A job in a blockchain-related field can be gratifying. It can also improve your quality of economic and financial well-being. Blockchain skills are unique, and in short supply, the work is exciting and gratifying, and the financial rewards are relatively high.
4) Great futures for our children: Through blockchain, the world is literally at your children’s doorstep. Blockchain enhances the education of children. Just imagine what could happen children spent time designing or improving economics by building their cryptocurrency or used their creativity to create videos, films, music and written works and paid for that creative with a decentralized currency. The possibilities and opportunities associated with blockchain are endless.
When I started writing “code” there was not a plethora of text editors that there are today. It started with Adobe Dreamweaver for me. Back then Dreamweaver was owned by Macromedia for those that remember, and I was even part of Macromedia User Group, learning to use Flash too. Later on it was Coda and Text Wrangler for me.
Text Editors of the Future
Then I wanted to use what all the cool kids were using Sublime Text, Brackets and or Atom. Loved the look of Sublime Text but was too frugal to want to pay for a text editor. At first I was big fan of Brackets because of its integration with Adobe Photoshop and because the first release of Atom was little slow for me. But for the last year or so I have been using Atom as performance has improved. Although now and then I finding it crashing particular on my older Macbook Pro.
The New Text Editor from the Future
Bravo Microsoft! Well done sir, keep up the good work. For now I am switching to Visual Studio Code and see how this goes.
The privilege of protection is a difficult issue for all on the web. No formal law exists inside the internet, and Internet clients can discover response just through the pertinent laws of their own legislature. It is your duty to guarantee the security of your site guests. You need to make a value-based or intelligent condition that ensures the protection of your clients.
Many individuals neglect to wind up distinctly online customers since they fear their own data could be abused or traded off. Data fraud, charge card extortion, rupture of individual data are among the more basic shopper concerns. As indicated by Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC, “The nonappearance of customer security assurance may in actuality be the main hindrance to the development of the web-based business.”
Security is one of the main issues confronting the future accomplishment of internet business. One of your most imperative undertakings as an online business is to set up trusting associations with your site guests. Make sure to noticeably show a security approach on your site that points of interest how client data is gathered, utilized, and ensured.
Gain from the stars, in the event that you are uncertain about what your protection explanation ought to resemble. There are numerous exceptionally fruitful online organizations you can gain from. Try not to duplicate their protection proclamations, yet utilize them as learning apparatuses. In the event that there is an industry pioneer in your field, concentrate their site. There is nothing amiss with a smidgen of aggressive insight.
As you study security approaches search for regular patterns. Take notes, and make a blueprint. Make inquiries as you are composing your framework. What does their protection explanation incorporate? Where is the security explanation found? Is it simple to discover? Utilizing the insight you have accumulated amid your exploration procedure, compose your own particular protection proclamation.
The body of your security strategy ought to have a few segments, for example, how basic the gathered client data is ensured, the safety efforts you take to secure the data, on the off chance that you impart that data to an outsider.Likewise, incorporate security data particular to your field. For instance, in case you’re gathering client email locations be particular about how you plan to utilize them.
Continuously incorporate the organization contact data in your security arrangement with the goal that clients can get in touch with you in the event that they have any inquiries. Ensure that a connection to your protection approach is unmistakably noticeable on your site. In any event, you ought to have a connection to the protection strategy from your landing page however it doesn’t hurt to have a connection to it from all website pages.
For a couple of months now those wishing to buy Casascius physical bitcoins utilizing a Mastercard or PayPal have been served on account of the online merchant Memory Dealers. The administrator of Memory Dealers, Roger Ver (@RogerVer) declared however that PayPal is once more during the time spent putting a stop to the utilization of PayPal for buying bitcoins.
Memory Dealers will keep offering bitcoins until PayPal makes a move, evidently. This implies those wishing to purchase have only a brief time to get their requests in. Casascius items accessible through Memory Dealers incorporate the 1.0 BTC Casascius physical bitcoin (both v1 and v2), the 10.0 BTC Casascius silver bitcoin (1 Troy Ounce .999 Silver Round), and more expensive offerings too.
Casascius additionally offers the greater part of the coins straightforwardly however when obtaining from their site bitcoins themselves are the main strategy for installment permitted.
Despite the fact that bitcoin is a computerized money typically expected for online utilize, bitcoins can be made to have a physical frame also, however, every usage has focal points and hindrances. BitBills were the main physical bitcoin presented in mid-2011 and months after the fact Casascius presented their physical coins. PrintCoins.com have additionally been offering a paper-based physical bitcoin item too. Each of the three strategies utilizes a 3D image to keep ensure the private key, however, the client must trust that the backer is straightforward and has a safe technique for assembling.
Bitcoins are anything but difficult to utilize, and now you can get them in less than an hour. Just dispatch out a money store arrange, give the drive to any branch of one of the huge banks and store money with the record points of interest to you.
At that point bitcoins, touch base in your email inbox and you can do whatever you need with them.
– No financial balance required
– No trade account required
– No bitcoin account required
Bitcoin is worldwide.
Bitcoins can be exchanged to and from anyplace with the web like email. There are shared hubs that support the bitcoin framework the whole way across the world. When somebody sends bitcoins, they are obvious to the receiver right away and can be spent inside around 15 minutes.
If an online company is large enough they might consider the services of a white hat hacker. Typically when you hear the word ‘hacker’ it conjures up someone who, with ill intent, searches for ways to mine your company data and destroy or replace data. However, a white hat hacker is someone who could use their abilities to harm your business, but they make the choice to help uncover security failings in your system and then assist in finding ways to protect your company from other hackers.
The reason this approach is helpful to many companies is that if they can revamp their online store to close the backdoor entrance to would be hackers then their company data can be safeguarded. Customers often experience an even greater level of trust and security in the online store resulting in improved performance in online sales and up-time.
Proper precautions for hackers
Maybe this explains why so many of the larger online businesses seem to have less downtime and experience fewer problems. Most hackers know they will have a harder time getting into these systems than smaller companies that may not have the resources to investigate every possible security leak.
That being said, it is important for any online business to make sure they take proper precautions by installing anti-virus protection, spyware removal tools, and firewall protection. This should not even be a debated position. Your customers deserve the safety that only you can provide through appropriate protective measures.
Hackers don’t always target a specific site so much as they work to create software that looks to find an entrance to your online store data and then they investigate what can be found on those sites they can infiltrate. Some hackers have said they mean no harm; they simply are curious and have found new ways of finding out information. Too often this is information they should not have access to.
The truth is some hackers consider what they do as a means of making the online environment safer for individuals and businesses. If they can disable an online store or take over a website they figure this proves what they have been saying all along – sites are not as safe online as some think. To their credit what hackers have learned has often resulted in a better way to secure websites in general, but the other, and even more important side to this security coin is that online business must remain vigilant in the safeguard of their company data.
This whole process is a bit like the progression from small town America where everyone left their doors unlocked because it just wasn’t polite to take something that didn’t belong to you to the point where alarms are tripped if someone tries to enter your home after you set the alarm. Things have changed in an online sales environment and applying strong security measures to your site is not only in your best interest but also the interest of your customers who place their trust in your ability to safeguard their data.
As any good web developer knows, a web developer is always worried about creating the best website that they can. They work very hard with the client to decide exactly how they want their site to look, to function, and also how to make it run the most efficiently. These are all things that people need to think about when they are creating a website, but sometimes we forget one of the most important things, how are we going to get our site on the internet?
No matter how great the website you create is, it is meaningless if you do not get it out on the internet. So if you are going to get our website on the internet, then you can either host it on a web server yourself or get a web hosting company to host it for you. If you are a large company that has an IT staff to set up the infrastructure to host a website, then this is probably the best idea, because you have more control over the things that happen.
However, most people that create websites do not have the money or the time to set up such an infrastructure. These people will have to get a web hosting company to host their website.
Here are a few things to consider when you try to pick a web hosting company that is right for you:
Space – Some web hosting companies offer more space than others. If you are going to create a large website, or you are looking to expand a lot in the near future, then the amount of space offered is very important.
Email Addresses – If your website is going to give away email addresses, or you need extra email addresses for your users, then a number of free email addresses that you are given might be very important.
Database Access – Some web hosting companies offer the ability to use a MySQL or SQL Server database to store information or authenticate against. This can be a very important fact to help make your website more secure, or more dynamic.
There are much controversy and speculation as to which operating system on the market is really the best operating system to use. There are some people who say that one is better than the other, and there’s no doubt that everyone is going to have an operating system that they prefer. Still others never really think about their operating system, so they have no opinion on which one is best. They just use their computers and go on their merry ways.
So which is the best operating system?
Some people prefer Mac OS X. This operating system was the first to integrate graphical user interface to make it easy to use. GUI lets the user just point and click to open programs, use the programs, and navigate their system. Mac OS X is usually used on Apple Macintosh computers and is often preferred by Mac users exclusively.
Linux operating system
The new Linux operating system is taking the computer industry by storm. More and more companies are embracing Linux as a viable alternative to other operating systems. It was also developed with an easy-to-use GUI but it features more security and more options for the everyday user. Linux is freeware and was designed to be used by both large mainframe servers as well as personal computers alike.
No discussion about the best operating system would be complete without mentioning Windows. Most personal computers in the world are loaded with the Windows operating system, and it is certainly the most recognizable. Many people feel that unequivocally, Windows is the best operating system to use. But why?
Windows Operating System
To begin with, Windows is easy to use. It also has a graphical user interface with flashy graphics and points and clicks technology. Because most computers operate on Windows, it is easy for users to navigate a computer other than their own. That means a college student, for example, can use their laptop in their dorm room and go to the library to use the computers there without having to know how to use the operating system.
However, Windows is not without its problems. This operating system has been well-known for having bugs causing it to crash for no reason. However, Microsoft has addressed these problems quickly and provided patches that would prove to fix the problems with the system. Their new product, Windows Vista, has been criticized as being too large to be run on most computers although it has been hailed as new technology like no other.
So which operating system is the best operating system? The choices are diverse, but ultimately, it’s all up to the user to decide.
Like electronic identity theft, computer viruses, and the spread of other computer crimes, software piracy is on the rise. The problem with software piracy is that software costs make this illegal activity appealing to the end user. After all, who is it going to hurt? Rich software companies?? This article investigates software piracy as a whole and the impact that it has on the computer using industry.
The most vulnerable victims of software piracy are software businesses or independent programmers who create and distribute commercial software or shareware. We described shareware in another article, but because both commercial software and shareware require payment, they’re the target of pirates who seek to make these kinds of programs free to use.