[tpm] Fwd: [Boston.pm] Perl community "The Rising Costs of Aging Perlers"

Mark Jubenville ioncache at gmail.com
Wed Jul 24 08:08:25 PDT 2013

On 2013-07-23 5:36 PM, Adam Prime wrote:
> On 13-07-23 02:57 PM, arocker at Vex.Net wrote:
>> The data processing world seems to have "solved" the problem by breaking
>> the development process into (rather too many) specialisations. 
>> Instead of
>> a systems analyst investigating a business problem, writing a
>> specification, and letting programmers code and test it, now we have
>> business analysts and data architects and "software engineers" and QA
>> testers and probably other categories I haven't noticed. Specialisation
>> can be good, (thank you, Adam Smith), but if done badly or to excess, it
>> simply substitutes communications problems for whatever the original 
>> task
>> was.
>> Perhaps companies developing Web applications should look at dividing 
>> the
>> tasks sensibly. There's certainly no reason to expect technical 
>> people to
>> make good aesthetic or interface design decisions, for example.
> I absolutely agree that technical people should not be doing real 
> design work. Not if you want the design to be any good anyway.
> I don't think you're going to find many jobs working for companies 
> developing web applications where you can get away with not knowing a 
> large subset of the technologies I mentioned. You don't need to be an 
> expert in all of them, but you can't be afraid of any of them.
> I suppose it's possible to find "back end engineer" jobs that are 
> basically "publish this database via REST", but I'd get bored of that 
> kind of quick.
> Adam
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Also, knowing all of those technologies does not by any stretch of the 
imagination mean you are a designer.  You need to know them so that you 
can implement a design properly.  That's why we look for them when 
hiring new web developers.


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