re: You are not a real developer VIEW POST


So I can't even tell if this is just clickbait to get us all riled up (again) over what's essentially a silly question. It's all a #define, isn't it? If I say I'm a "Web Dev" and you say I'm not, or I say I'm a "Dev" and you don't believe me, it's just a difference of opinion, because there's no standardized definition of what a {Web} Dev is.

For instance, I'm a (mostly) hardware guy, so I write code in the Hacker style (as in "Building furniture with an axe"), but I wrote some Python code to build and update the following webpage:

(Pictures scraped from webcams in the Turks & Caicos, using limited bandwidth, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.)

It's a website, I developed it, therefore I'm a Web Dev. And since I wrote the Python code that refreshes the pictures, I'm a Dev. Plus I have an account on so I'm definitely a Dev. 8*)

But as anyone who looks at the source of that webpage, or anyone who has seen my code knows, I'm nowhere near a Real Dev and I'd even admit my code isn't produced very professionally.

But I don't care, because it's just a label. Dev, or JOAT, or Technology Consultant, or whatever...

Enjoy, don't let the trolls rile you up. I've been around since the days of Serdar Argic (been there, done that, and actually really did get the "Screaming Through The WIres" T-shirt!) and there are always going to be flame wars and clickbait, and trolls. But there's always going to be everything else, so ration your attention and spend it on the important stuff, like 8*)

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