Throughout my years of programming, there have been some quirky things I’ve noticed that we web developers do that is sometimes a little different than everyone else at the office. We’ve also seen our share of “complaints” about some of the things we do. Programmers can be a strange bunch. Here’s a few of the more obvious quirks, explained!
We (some of us) like “Pretty” code
I’m guessing when you think of code, the last thing you’d imagine is something organized and well laid out. For me I can’t stand if something is out of place. Each tag must be tabbed to matched the closing tag. It’s really so I know where things are. A snippet of code is really easy to read but once you have giant blocks of code, things can get quite messy. And although sometimes our desks can get quite messy, don’t think that our code is the same.
That structure puts a smile on my face every time.
The web is made of boxes
This is how the web is seen through a web developers eyes.
Here’s another example.
We back up everything (obsessively)
Paper documents, images, databases, web files, emails, EVERYTHING. We’re sorry, we just want to make sure that it’s available if needed and mostly if something goes wrong, we can always revert back.
We are multi-lingual
It’s true, we know more than one (programming) language. Most web developers start off learning from one language before moving to their current one. However, we are very dynamic and if we need to, we’ll learn another. The web is made up of many languages both current and legacy (outdated). Here’s a few to give you an idea of what’s out there:
- Ruby on Rails
Now I can’t say the same for spoken languages though.
Headphones are necessities because we like to ignore you
I’m joking about the ignoring part. Throwing on a good pair of headphones to drown out the extra sounds is just our way of concentrating on coding. This is our most efficient and productive time of the day. Any disruptions after the headphones are on may result in a death glare.
Bonus points for recognizing the logo.
Windows, tabs and multiples of them
We get called out on these all the time here at KEEN Creative. We won’t name names but you have to understand that we need a window for front end and back end parts of a site. My tabs involve documentation for various things such as articles I need to read later to catch up on the latest developer trends, and some miscellaneous stuff.
It’s not that bad, it’s also not the worst that we’ve seen…multiple tabs are useful and that’s all I’m going to say.