Nuts and Bolts

SpannersWe find it amusing when we read guides on what to look for in a web designer, as we have on our home page, when we see the phrase “make sure your web designer can ‘hand code’. It’s quite an absurd notion really, when you take a moment to think about it…

Web design programs and the other tools at the disposal of a professional web designer are just that, tools… The phrase should  read something more like “make sure your web designer understands code”. A web designer should be able to read code in much the same way as a musician might read music. However, would you expect the musician to write all his own sheet music by hand – or perhaps an author to use a pen and paper rather than a word-processor?

Here’s a challenge for you. Next time you take your car in for repair, ask your mechanic to make sure he fixes it without the use of spanners and screwdrivers… And wait for the reaction! :). Maybe he can do it, but the extra time is surely ‘going to cost you’.

One Response to Nuts and Bolts

  • Not spotted that post before. Well said, we use Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2010 and Microsoft Expression Studio 4 and I don’t care what anyone says, I can’t stand the macho posturing associated with people who think being able to remember to tags in Notepad is a benefit to their customers!

    Also, the ones who insist on hand coding are generally the ones who can’t afford a decent application development suite (or don’t know they can get the Express products for free) and use it as an excuse to overcharge clients anyway.

    Keep up the good work.