A Walk Down Front-End Development Lane

March 10, 2014

I’ve been a front-end developer a long time—so long, in fact, that I have always been a front-end developer. Thirty-two years ago, I was a front-end developer.

I’ve seen enormous change in my industry over those three decades, and the only way I’ve achieved longevity is by keeping my skills current. When I first started developing, there were no “Icons” or “Windows,” to paraphrase Dilbert, we really just had zeros and ones.

For college courses we wrote our computer programs on grid-like coding sheets before sitting down in front of a cardpunch machine to type program decks of computer instructions. We transcribed our instructions on coding sheets ahead of time because “monitors for general use” didn’t exist. The only people with access to monitors were the computer operators, and those...read more
By Mike Germaine, Katie O'Reilly


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