Nope. I’m not talking about makeshift “electricians” and “plumbers” that our family think that we are but some other things that even you may’ve been misread as just because you’re a web developer.
#1 Tech Enthusiasts
Every time a new technology emerges in the market (especially smartphones!), I swear, my programmer friends are far less hyped about it and less likely to buy it than my non-developer friends.
With so many online “influencers” in tech, the niche for it is pretty big.
I think anyone who is financially sound (and hopefully, also a responsible recycler) can go ahead and buy whatever new tech is in the horizon if they’re interested! Being a person whose vocabulary includes “null” does not by default puts anyone in a queue to buy the next Nexus.
Most of you might relate to this one. Being mistaken as someone who has the skillset to use Photoshop (let alone a piece of paper and a pencil) to draw a perfect red circle just because you can write HTML is preposterous!
Now don’t get me wrong, a developer’s job does require a bit of designing and also, we can draw a red circle — and make it roll, too — on a webpage, but unlike us most web designers come with a foundation of art. I think it would be rare to find a web designer who can’t also illustrate. So, choosing the right pink or blue is not our forte.
#3 Digital Security Experts
I believe there are three levels in digital security literacy. The first is for everyone who has got themselves a digital space: the basic understanding of their devices, threats against them and precautions to take. In this 21st century, these things are part of life skills.
The second level is where folks like us come in. Developers, or really anyone who works with softwares and computers in a technical plane, have a little more in-depth understanding of digital security. If everybody knows what encryption is, we may know what RSA is; If everybody knows what protocol is, we may know what UDP is (knowing HTTP falls into level 1, and yes, I made that up). But that’s all!
Digital security experts have far better and deeper understanding of firmwares and a million other things that I don’t know because I’m not a digital security expert.
#4 Polyglots (Knowing More Than One Programming Language)
The major culprits in this one are… *drum rolls*… developers!
In my job, I’ve worked with both the new and upcoming range of developers who’ve the knowledge of multiple frameworks at fingertips and those who’ve honed their skills in one primary language.
I’m by no means an industry expert or have enough experience (or information) to say what is or isn’t the actual case, but I do feel like somewhere in this fast-paced career where we’ve to keep up-to-date with the next big version update, we’ve lost patience and kindness with others in this same industry, and with ourselves!
I’ve seen SQL maestros asking how to center a div (to be fair, it’s a difficult job for any newbie 🤷♀️), and that’s the reality of our industry. It’s great to have a community of our own, online and offline, in forums, newsletters, and conferences, where we get to collectively discuss a new WordPress update, but if someone doesn’t know what CMS is, that shouldn’t surprise us.