I was reminiscing about my past, more specifically, when I got my start in web development the other day. Back then, around 1994, the web was an entirely different animal. We used to have dial-up modems, slow internet speeds (56Kb/s), and a very limited control of how a website was displayed. Back then, in order to add a little pizzazz to your site, you either fell into the trap of using scrolling marquees or blinking text, or you had to make use of graphic design programs to make flashy text and images and tables (ugh).
I got my start on free website builders such as Geocities and Angelfire. Yep, that’s right! They were horrible sites designed to help those of us with a limited knowledge of the web able to build our own online presence. It was then that I began to look behind the scenes to figure out what made the web work. I began to look at the code of the pages that I had built, as well as many other sites, to figure out what all that other “garbage” meant. The more I would learn, the more I wanted to learn. I was hooked.
The web has definitely came a long way in the past twenty years. Now, everything is being adapted to fit the numerous mobile devices, and with all the new languages and frameworks that are consistently coming out, it makes this an ever-changing industry that you need to keep up with or you will get left behind. Web development is an industry that has been on the rise since its’ inception, but my question to you is “Where will it stop?” How fast do we need our information? Do we always need to have that information right there in front of us? I know it’s nice to have, and now you can stay on top of everything a lot better than ever before, but is it all necessary?
I am always looking to improve my abilities as a web developer and try to stay on top of the most recent web standards, but my main goal is to come up with a way to really make a statement… To develop an idea that will forever change the world and the way we do things. I think the internet is a fascinating place that is full of opportunities and I’m so grateful for growing up in this day and age. I am setting out to make a difference, and for the other web developers out there, I recommend that you do the same.
When you have a passion for something, it makes you push harder for what you want and to utilize every tool you have available to you to make a difference. That’s where I’m at, trying to make a difference. I’m always excited to see what the future will bring with website development and look forward to every day that I get to live out my dream. That’s right, I actually get paid for this!
In conclusion, I want to say that those of you that have a passion for web development and actually get to do it for a living, you are lucky. Use it to your advantage and never lose site of your goals and dreams. Help make the web a better place for everyone and show us all what you can do!